Since its release with the first iPhone, iOS has always forced you to use Safari for Spotlight and Siri search. Now in iOS 14, we can finally change the default browser! It’s the bare minimum, but when it comes to Apple giving you control over something, any step toward user autonomy is a good thing. Here’s how to make the switch.
- Install your chosen browser: This might seem obvious, but you can’t abandon Safari without a replacement! Head to the App Store, and download your favourite.
- Open settings
- Scroll down to the long list of apps at the bottom of settings
- Select your chosen browser
- Press “Default Browser App”: Change it from Safari, and you’re set!
Why should I change my default browser?
Safari is without a doubt the most featureless browser on the market, sporting only the essentials: a search bar, tab management, and bookmarks. Strangely, you also can’t access the browser settings from within the app, and have to enter the actual Settings app to tweak them.
Really though, the best reason to switch is for convenience. If you already use a different browser on your iPhone or iPad, it’s far more practical to have all of your tabs and searches in one place, rather than needing to switch apps after every Spotlight or Siri search. It’s a tough life, eh?
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