iOS 14 offers one of the long-awaited features for the Apple operating system in years: the ability to change Apple’s Safari default browser to a third-party option like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. However, you don’t have to wait for Apple to release iOS 14 this fall to get rid of Safari. If you have installed the beta version of iOS 14, you can switch to a different standard browser today. Find out how to do it.
To get started, you’ll need to be running the latest iOS 14 beta. (To install TheRead our guide here.) Once this is set up, a compatible third-party browser must be installed.
For Google Chrome, simply download the regular Chrome app from the App Store. Google has already updated its app with support for iOS 1
Microsoft Edge is a little more complicated. For now, Edge has only added standard browser support for beta testers for iOS 14. In a similar coincidence, iOS Beta Tracker Departures notes that the Microsoft Edge TestFlight Beta has been fully filled as of today (although you can monitor when slots are free here). However, the process remains the same as Microsoft updates the final version of Edge, which is expected to be available soon.
Unsurprisingly, Apple buried the option to switch your default browser pretty deeply. To find the menu you need to go to the Settings app and then scroll down (or search) to find your browser’s app-specific settings. From there, tap on the new Default Browser App option and then select the browser you want from the list that appears. Of course, only browsers are listed that support the new functionality of iOS 14. So expect the list of options to grow over time as more developers update their apps in the coming weeks.
Once that’s set, any links you tap on your phone will automatically open in Chrome (or any other browser you choose). To switch back, just follow the process listed here, but choose Safari instead of a third-party option. In addition, iOS 14 is still in beta. This means Apple may change this process if the software finishes before it’s final release. We’ll keep updating this post should this happen.
Of course, choosing your default browser on iOS is largely a symbolic gesture. Because Apple forces all third-party browsers to use Safari’s WebKit browser engine, all iOS browsers should work more or less the same way. That for the most part makes it a cosmetic choice where the app has nicer features instead of what drastically changes the way the internet is used on your phone. Still, it’s nice to at least have the option.