iOS 14 – How to Set Google Chrome as the Default Browser

​We already knew that Apple‘s next version of operating systems, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, will make it possible for users to change some standard apps, but now, users of the beta versions can try it out in Google Chrome.

One of the long-awaited new functions in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14​ is the possibility to use alternative browsers and email clients as the default application. If you don’t want to use Safari or Apple’s Mail app anymore, the new OS will allow you to get rid of them.

Still, the prerequisite for this function is that the developer of the respective application gets the green light for this, via a so-called ‘entitlement’ from Apple. This, in turn, asks that the programmers offer a proper update of their app.

Now, this is precisely what has happened in the case of Google Chrome, with the version 85.0.4183.109 enabling the new selection in the settings.

How to Set Google Chrome as Your Default Browser

Choosing the default browser for your iPhone is very easy. Here’s how to do it:

  • Download the most recent Google Chrome version from the App Store
  • Launch the iOS settings menu
  • Enter ‘Chrome’ in the search bar or scroll down until the app appears and tap on it
  • Tap on the ‘Default Browser App’ option
  • Select the browser you want to use by default from the list – in this case, Google Chrome.

Now, the system will launch the selected browser by default. In the future, there might be more apps to choose from, but, at this point, this process requires using the beta versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14​. Still, the final variant of the brand new operating systems is expected to roll out in September.

At the moment, we only know of Google Chrome to have been given the required permission from Apple to act as a default app on iPhones. Gmail, for instance, has not been updated yet, but a change of the standard mail application should function in a similar manner.

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