The default browser and mail app in IOS 14 brings a lot of upgrades, but few are expected as Apple finally is removing the chains of its default apps. That’s right, you can finally do away with Safari and Mail, although Apple certainly didn’t shout it from the rooftops at WWDC.
Safari is, of course, a more than a working web browser, and while Mail has its fans, it’s certainly getting a little long in the tooth – especially since it still doesn’t assist push notifications for Gmail accounts.
While Apple has been more than happy for users to change their defaults in macOS for years, the time has finally come for iOS and iPadOS fans to get the same care. Here’s how.
How to change your default web browser
Whether you have a liking for Firefox or feel most pleasant in Chrome, you’re in luck – as are people using other web browsers. Here’s a quick look at the browsers you can set to default:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Mozilla Firefox
While Brave and Opera haven’t made the list, there’s no doubt that many more will make the jump once Apple approves them.
To set a new browser as your default, head into your settings menu, and scroll down to the browser in question (in this example, it’s Chrome).
Beneath access permissions is a section called “Default Browser App”, with a list that’ll let you select whichever app takes your desire.
As good as it is to open links in our browser of choice, particularly when sent via iMessage, WhatsApp, or, well, anything else, it’s worth noting that if you restart your device, your default will return to Safari.
How to change your default email client
Changing your default email client is much the same as changing your browser, and will allow you to steer clear of those annoying pop-ups that tell you Mail isn’t installed when you tap and email address.
The email apps we’ve certified work so far are:
- Microsoft Outlook
We’ll be using Spark for the example here, but it’s interesting to see Hey on the list given recent abrasion between its developers and Apple’s App Store policies.
Microsoft Outlook is sure to be incredibly well-liked, too, but whichever app you have installed, you’ll need to find it under settings.
Then, sail to the bottom of the page to the “Default Mail App” option and pick the app of your choosing from the list.
Again though, if you restart your device, Apple Mail will change to the default – whether it’s installed or not.