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How to Change Your Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

 

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Safari is a great web browser, but there’s a reason why Google Chrome has the largest market share. Thankfully, as long as you’re running iOS 14, iPad OS 14, or higher, you can set any third-party browser as the default on your iPhone or iPad.

First, open the “Settings” app. If you’ve lost it in a sea of icons, use Apple’s built-in Spotlight Search to find the application.

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In the Settings menu, locate the section for the browser you’d like to set as your default. For example, navigate to Settings > Chrome to set Google Chrome as your default web browser.

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If the third-party browser has been updated to support Apple’s default browser switching feature, you will find a “Default Browser App” option in its settings. Tap it.

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Next, you’ll see a list of every web browser app installed on your device that supports the default browser feature. Tap the name of the browser you’d like to use as your default.

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After that, tap the “Back” button once and exit “Settings.” From now on, whenever you tap a web address link, it will open in the browser app you choose.

 

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How to Change Your Default Email App on iPhone and iPad

 

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If you’re using a third-party email client on your iPhone or iPad, you can change the default email app as long as you’re running iOS 14, iPad OS 14, or newer. But unless you’re looking for it, you might miss the setting. Here’s how to change your default email app.

In order to switch your default email app, you must have a third-party email client installed from the App Store on your phone or tablet that has been updated to support the feature. For example, as of this writing, Outlook, Spark, and Hey support it, but the official Gmail app does not.

First, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. If you can’t find it, use Apple’s built-in Spotlight Search tool.

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In the Settings menu, scroll down and locate the listing for the email client you’d like to use. For example, if you’re looking for Outlook, go to Settings > Outlook. For Hey, visit Settings > Hey.

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If the third-party email client has been updated to support Apple’s feature, you will find a “Default Mail App” option. Select it.

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You’ll now see a list of every email app on your device that supports the default mail feature. Tap the name of the email app you’d like to use as your default. A check mark will appear beside it.

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After that, select the Back button once and then leave the Settings app. The next time you tap an email address link, the email app you set as the default will open to compose a new message.

 

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How to back up your iPhone or iPad manually in macOS

In macOS Catalina, backing up to iTunes is no longer an option, as that app's functions have now been split into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The device backup feature, meanwhile, now resides in Finder on Mac. Here's what you need to do to back up there.

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