You can now change the default web browser on your iPad to your favourite browser's app — here's how to do it

iStockYou can change the default web browser on an iPad with iPadOS 14.
  • To change the default internet browser on your iPad, you’ll need to download a compatible app and then open its settings.
  • You can change the default browser on an iPad running iPadOS 14 from Safari to Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
  • Once you change the default browser, any app that tries to open the internet will use your iPad’s new browser.
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There have been third-party internet browser apps on the iPad for years, but they have never been able to serve as your default browser. That is, until iPadOS 14.

The new iPadOS 14 update now lets you change the default web browser from Apple’s Safari to a third-party browser. If you’d prefer Chrome to start automatically when you tap a web link, for example, you can now set that up in Settings.

Here’s how.

How to change the default browser on your iPad

Before anything else, make sure you’ve downloaded the browser app you want to use. As of this writing, iPadOS supports Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

1. Open your iPad’s Settings app.

2. Scroll down to the list of apps installed on your iPad, and tap any third-party browser that you’ve installed.

3. In the app settings on the right side of the screen, tap “Default Browser App.”

How to set default browser on iPad 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTap a third-party browser app in Settings.

4. You should see a list of all the installed browsers. Tap the browser you want to make the default, so a checkmark appears next to it.

How to set default browser on iPad 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderChoose which app you want to make your default.

What to do if you don’t see the browser you want to make the default

In order to change your default browser, your iPad needs to be running iPadOS 14 or higher. Check your iOS version by starting the Settings app and tapping “General,” then “Software Update.” Update your iPad if needed.

How to set default browser on iPad 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderMake sure you’re running iPadOS 14 or newer.

If you’re still having trouble, make sure the browser is actually installed — be sure you can find it on your home screen and open it.

If you’re sure it’s installed, it’s possible that it’s not yet compatible with this new feature. Right now, you can choose between Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

If you want to use another browser, check back later — it might be added.

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