With iOS 14, Apple finally lets you choose which browser you want to use as the default. This is how you can switch from Safari if you’d rather use a third-party alternative like Chrome or Edge. Apple is also letting iPhone users change their default email app in the updated operating system.
To be a candidate for the default browser, developers had to update their apps. All browsers must continue to use WebKit as the underlying browsing engine. This means that the main differences between them come from their user interfaces and how they sync with other platforms, not how they fundamentally render web pages. There is currently only a limited selection of browsers that can be set as default on the iPhone.
Here is a list of alternative default browsers we can confirm:
- Fire fox
Notably, the iOS version of Brave is absent from this list (although the company has confirmed that the latest version of its browser is currently going through Apple̵
As of this writing, there appears to be a bug in iOS 14 that resets your default browser back to Safari every time you restart your device. Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment on the bug, but we expect it to be fixed with an upcoming patch for iOS.
To change your default browser, go to the Settings app and scroll down to the browser that you want to be your default browser. Click on it and you will see a “Default Browser App” option if it is allowed by default.