With iOS 14, Apple finally lets you choose which browser you want to use by default, letting you quit Safari if you prefer to use a third-party alternative such as Chrome or Edge. Apple also allows iPhone users to change their default email app to the updated operating system.
To be a candidate for the default browser, developers had to update their apps. All browsers should always use WebKit as the underlying browsing engine, which means that the main differences between them will come from their user interfaces and how they sync with other platforms, rather than how which they basically render web pages. At the moment, there is only a limited selection of browsers that can be set as default on iPhone.
Here is a list of other default browsers that we can confirm:
Notably, the iOS version of Brave is missing from this list (although the company has confirmed that the latest version of its browser is currently under review by Apple) and Opera Touch (the iOS version of Opera). We also downloaded a variety of other iOS browsers that are frequently recommended in the “Best iOS Browsers” lists, including Dolphin, Ghostery, UC Browser, and Aloha, and found that they didn’t appear on the menu. selection of the default browser.
As of this writing, there appears to be a bug in iOS 14 that resets your default browser to Safari every time your device restarts. 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, then scroll down to the browser you want to use by default. Click on it and you will see a “Default browser app” option if it is eligible by default.