In iOS 14, Apple finally gives you a range of options for your default browser and email apps.
However, a software bug resets these apps to Apple’s Safari and Mail after every restart.
After a restart, iOS 14 forgets your default browser selection and the Safari setting no longer offers the possibility to change the browser! The option is there, however, if you go to Chrome or Edge settings and change them, Safari will show the option again: https://t.co/qliL4P6vJ5 pic.twitter.com/2KLE4O6Nlx
̵1; Maximiliano Firtman (@firt) September 17, 2020
The flaw was spotted by a number of users who posted the problem on Twitter, and Apple confirmed it in a statement to CNET.
“We are aware of an issue that can affect the default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. A fix will be available to users in a software update,” the company said.
It’s not the worst bug we’ve seen with a new version of iOS, but it’s certainly annoying, especially for people who have waited a long time to change their default browser from Safari to something else.
To change your default browser in iOS 14, navigate to Settings, find the browser of your choice, tap on it, and select Default browser app. Chrome, Edge, DuckDuckGo and Firefox are currently supported (in addition to Apple’s Safari). The procedure is the same for the standard mail app.