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.

Apple only allowed Safari to be the default browser up until iOS 14. However, you may now alter the iPhone’s default browser. The user interface and design of Chrome for iOS are identical to those of Chrome for Android and Chrome for PC. Find out now how to change Safari to Chrome as your iPhone’s default browser.

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?

You must have given Chrome vs. Apple’s Safari some thought while switching to iPhone. Even though Chrome is the most used browser globally, each one has benefits and drawbacks. On the grounds of performance, usability, and customisation, Chrome trumps Safari. Safari, though, is more private and safe.

Which is superior, Chrome or Safari? Read our in-depth side-by-side comparison of Safari vs. Chrome to learn more.

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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