Apple made a change in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that allows third-party browsers and email clients to be used as default apps. Users unfamiliar with Safari or Apple’s native mail app can choose an alternative and it will open automatically whenever the system needs it.
The latest version of Google Chrome now supports this feature, so anyone on iOS 14 can set the Google app as their default browser. It is used to automatically open website links that are accessed in other apps.
Note that these steps will only work if you have iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 installed.
- Download the latest version from Google Chrome from the App Store [Direct Link] or update the app if you already have it.
- Start the the settings App.
- Scroll down and select chrome.
- Tap Standard browser app.
- Tap chrome.
After following these steps, any app that tries to open a webpage will launch Chrome instead of Safari. To change this behavior, simply repeat the steps and select safari on the Default Browser Apps screen.
At the time of writing, no other third-party web browser has the option to set it as the default browser for iOS. Give it some time, however, and the option will surely be available for Firefox, Opera, and others.
Apple is slated to release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to all users later this month, and we might even announce them next week at Apple’s Time Flies event on Tuesday, September 15th, which is slated for the Apple Watch Series 6 is announced and new iPads.