iOS 14 provides one of the most anticipated features of Apple’s operating system in years: the ability to change the default browser from Apple’s Safari to a third-party alternative such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. But you do not have to wait for Apple to release iOS 14 this fall to break away from Safari. If you have installed iOS 14 beta, you can already switch to another default browser today. How to use.
To get started, you need to run the latest iOS 14 beta. (To install that, check out our guide here.) Once set up, you must have a compatible third-party browser installed.
For Google Chrome, simply download the standard Chrome app from the App Store. Google has already updated its app with support for iOS 14, so you’re ready to go straight out of the box.
Microsoft Edge is a little more complicated. Right now, Edge has only added iOS 14 standard browser support for beta testers. In a related coincidence, iOS beta tracker Departures notes that the Microsoft Edge TestFlight beta has been filled in exactly as before today (although you can monitor here for when slots will be released). However, the process will remain the same when Microsoft updates the final version of Edge, which should probably come soon.
Not surprisingly, Apple has buried the ability to change your default browser quite deeply. To find the menu, go to the Settings app and then scroll down (or search) to find your browser’s app-specific settings. Once there, tap the new default browser app option, then select your browser from the list that appears. Of course, only browsers that support iOS 14’s new feature will be listed, so expect the list of options to grow over time as more developers update their apps in the coming weeks.
Once set, all the links you tap on your phone will automatically open in Chrome (or any other browser you choose). To switch back, simply follow the process listed here, but choose Safari instead of a third-party option. In addition, iOS 14 is still in beta, which means that Apple may change this process when it completes its software before the final release; We will continue to update this post should it happen.
Of course, the choice of your default browser on iOS is largely a symbolic gesture. Given that Apple forces all third-party browsers to use Safari’s WebKit browser engine, all iOS browsers should work approximately equally. This makes it largely a cosmetic choice built around which app has nicer features stored on top rather than something that will drastically change how you use the internet on your phone. Still, it’s nice to at least have the option.