With iOS 14, Apple finally lets you choose which browser you want to use by default, allowing you to opt out of Safari if you prefer to use third-party alternatives such as Chrome or Edge. Apple also allows iPhone users to change their default email program in the updated OS.
To become the default browser candidate, developers had to update their applications. All browsers should still use WebKit as their primary browsing mechanism, which means that the main differences between them will be in their user interfaces and how they sync with other platforms, rather than how they basically display web pages. At this time, there is only a limited selection of browsers that can be installed by default on the iPhone.
Here is a list of alternate default browsers that we can verify:
The iOS version of Brave (although the company has confirmed that the latest version of its browser is currently being tested by Apple) and Opera Touch (iOS version of Opera) are noticeably missing from this list. We also downloaded many other iOS browsers, which are often recommended in the lists of “best iOS browsers”;, including Dolphin, Ghostery, UC Browser and Aloha, and found that they do not appear in the default browser selection menu.
As of this writing, iOS 14 has an error that resets your default browser to Safari every time your device reboots. Apple has not yet responded to our request for comment on the bug, but we expect this to be corrected by a future fix for iOS.
To change the default browser, go to Settings, and then scroll down to the browser you want to set as default. Click on it and you will see the option “Default browser application” if it meets the default conditions.