How to set Chrome as default browser on iPhone in iOS 16

How to set Chrome as default browser on iPhone in iOS 16

Things to know:

  • You must have iOS 14 or later on your iPhone.
  • Update the Chrome app to the most recent version.

Before iOS 14, Apple only permitted Safari as the default browser. But now you can change the default browser on your iPhone. Chrome for iOS offers the same style and simple user experience as Chrome on your Android or PC. Let’s now find out how to replace Safari and set Chrome as the default browser on your iPhone.

How to set Chrome as the default browser on iPhone

If you don’t have the Google Chrome app on your iPhone, you may download it from the App Store. Or update the app if you installed it long ago. Then follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Chrome.
  3. Tap Default Browser App.
  4. Finally, select Chrome from the available browser options.

    Set Chrome as default browser on iPhone

Alternatively, when you install Chrome for the first time on your iPhone, it will ask you to set it as default while setting up. After you have done changing the default browser on your iPhone, when an app attempts to access the internet, Chrome will always open in place of Safari.

In case you would like to change your default iPhone browser back to Safari, follow the above steps, and choose ‘Safari‘ instead of Chrome in step 4.

How to add Chrome to your iPhone’s dock

When you install Chrome, you can quickly launch it by adding it to your Home Screen, lock screen, or dock. If you already have four apps in the dock, remove one of them to create a place for Google Chrome.

  1. Hold an app icon until a pop-up window displays. Select Edit Home Screen from there.
  2. Drag the app from the Dock and onto the Home Screen.
  3. Select the Chrome app icon and drag it to the Dock.
  4. Tap Done at the top-right corner.

    Add Chrome to your iPhone dock

Additionally, you may add the Chrome widget to your Home Screen. So that you can quickly do a search, open an incognito tab, or access Google Lens without opening the app.

Add a Chrome widget to your iPhone Home Screen

  1. Long press an empty spot on your Home Screen and tap the plus sign at the top left.
  2. Scroll to find the Chrome widgets. Tap Chrome from the list.

    Tap on Plus and Select Chrome on iPhone
  3. Now swipe right to choose the widget and tap Add Widget
  4. Now move the widget to set its position, and you’re done.

    Add a Chrome widget to iPhone Home Screen

Is Chrome better than Safari on iPhone?

While switching to iPhone, you’ve certainly thought about whether you should use Chrome or Apple’s Safari. Though Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, each browser has advantages and disadvantages. Chrome outperforms Safari on the basis of performance, usability, and customization. But Safari is more secure and privacy-focused.

So, what’s better, Chrome or Safari? To discover, read our detailed side-by-side comparison of Safari vs. Chrome.

So, that’s all for today!

I personally use both Chrome and Safari on my iPhone for different purposes. What is your favorite web browser? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Ava is an enthusiastic consumer tech writer coming from a technical background. She loves to explore and research new Apple products & accessories and help readers easily decode the tech. Along with studying, her weekend plan includes binge-watching anime.

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