iOS 14 allows you to change the default web browser on an iPhone to your favorite browser's app — here's how to do it

  • You can change the default web browser on an iPhone running iOS 14, if you want to use a browser other than Safari, such as Google Chrome.
  • Once you've set your default browser, links you click will open in that browser's app.
  • If you've tried to set your default browser before and it kept reversing, make sure your software is up to date.
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Clicking on a link only to have it open in a browser you never use is one of those small annoyances iPhone users have had to just live with. But with iOS 14, Apple built in an easy way to change your default browser. 

With your preferred web browser set as the default, you won't have to worry about links from texts or emails opening in the wrong one.

Be aware — Apple released software update 14.0.1 to fix a bug that undid this setting, so make sure you have the latest software installed.

How to change the default browser on an iPhone running iOS 14

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down to find your favorite browser and tap it. It will likely be fairly far down the list, in the section right below "TV Provider."

3. Tap the "Default Browser App" option.

4. A list of any browsers you've installed other than Safari will appear. Tap your preferred browser. A check mark should appear next to it.

Now, any link you click will open in your preferred browser.

Related coverage from Tech Reference:

  • How to make Google Chrome the default browser on your Android phone in 5 simple steps

  • How to change your default web browser on Windows 10, where you can install and switch between different browsers

  • How to update the Safari browser on your Mac computer by installing the latest version of macOS

  • How to change your default browser on Mac, through the System Preferences menu or the new browser's settings

  • How to clear the cache on a Safari browser to make it run more efficiently

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