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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple made a change in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that enables third-party browsers and email clients to be used as default apps, meaning users who don't get on with Safari or Apple's native Mail app can choose an alternative and it will be opened automatically whenever the system requires it.


The latest version of Google Chrome now supports this ability, so anyone on iOS 14 can set Google's app as their default browser and it will be used to automatically open web page links that are tapped in other apps.

Note that these steps will only work if you have iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 installed.
  1. Download the latest version of Google Chrome from the App Store [Direct Link] or update the app if you already have it.
  2. Launch the Settings app.
  3. Scroll down and select Chrome.
  4. Tap Default Browser App.
  5. Tap Chrome.

After you've completed these steps, any app that tries to open a web page will launch Chrome instead of Safari. To change this behavior, simply repeat the steps and select Safari in the Default Browser Apps screen.

As of writing, no other third-party web browser provides an option to set it as the default browser for the iOS, but give it some time and the option will surely arrive for Firefox, Opera, and others.

Apple is expected to release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for all users later this month, and we could even see them announced next week at Apple's "Time Flies" event on Tuesday, September 15, where it is expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 6 and new iPads.

Article Link: iOS 14: How to Set Google Chrome as the Default Browser on iPhone and iPad


macrumors 6502
Aug 13, 2020
Great, so now you can switch from a giant business-gobbling company's browser to a data-hoarding monster's browser. This is progress.

You can support indie developers with this as well! I'm excited to use this feature with Mimestream that MacRumors spotlighted the other day... native Apple look and feel with all the Gmail features -- best of both worlds! Once it comes out for iOS, of course :)


macrumors member
Oct 5, 2007
North Walsham
Is there any way to stop it adding shortcuts to frequently visited sites on the new tab page?

I want to use Chrome but I don’t want it to announce my top sites to strangers on the bus. ?

I’m sure there used to be something in chrome://flags but now I can’t find it, help!
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