- Google Chrome can now be set as the default browser on any iPhone running iOS 14.
- One of the prominent features of iOS 14 is the ability to set third-party apps as the default browser or email client, and Google updated its app with this functionality this week.
- Chrome is the first app to take advantage of the new feature, but more are coming soon.
I’ve been using iOS 14 public beta for a few weeks, and I’m relieved to report that it’s been a relatively stable experience. I usually avoid the beta of operating systems, but unlike previous updates, iOS 14 solves some of the smallest but persistently frustrating issues from previous releases. Unfortunately, if you̵
One of the many features iOS 14 brings to the iPhone is the ability to select a third-party app as the default browser or email client. Apple resisted giving users this option for years, but eventually gave it a go in 2020, allowing users to choose which browser or email app they want to open when they click on links in other apps.
This functionality had not yet been implemented for Google Chrome through the iOS 14 beta release cycle, but as of the latest update for the iOS app on September 10, you can now set Chrome as your default browser for iPhone. Here are the steps to follow if you want Chrome to be your default browser:
- Make sure you are running the latest version of iOS 14 public beta or develops beta.
- Download the latest version of Google Chrome (Version 85.0.4183.109) from the App Store.
- Go to Settings app on iPhone.
- Scroll down until you find it Chrome in the list of apps and tap it.
- Press the menu option that says Default browser app.
- Press Chrome.
From now on, you will always be redirected to Chrome instead of Safari when you click on a link to a website. It took far too long for such a basic feature to be implemented on iOS, but like all other long-awaited features, it works just as it should and is a welcome addition to the operating system. At the moment, it does not look like any other developers have updated their apps with the same functionality, including email apps, but now that Google has opened the door, more app updates may follow in the weeks leading up to launch.
To find out how to get the latest public beta on iPhone, go to this site from your phone, tap “Sign upAnd follow the instructions. Any phone that is newer than an iPhone 6 can run iOS 14.