If you have an iPad or iPhone you have probably observed that Safari is the default browser. Safari is a potent browser, but what if you prefer Chrome, Opera, or Dolphin? You may not realize it, but you can download any browser you wish onto your device. However, you can’t set anything other than Safari as the default browser on your device without manually tinkering with it, which is something only experienced techies should try.
The default option
Having Safari as your default browser means that if you click a link in a program your iPad will instantly use Safari to navigate you to the website. If you wish to use a different browser, you must copy and paste the link into another browser you have. This can be a pain, but if you absolutely love Chrome, you will have to take this step.
In a recent column in USA Today, Rob Pegoraro explains that with the release of Chrome, Google highlighted the ability to download alternative browsers on Apple devices. If you want to do this it is easy. After navigating to your browser of choices’ home page, simply follow the download instructions for iOS.
A mix and match approach
Many people use different browsers on their laptops and devices for different things. Perhaps Chrome for private tabs, and Safari for business related tabs. Regardless, even though you cannot modify the default browser on your iPad or iPhone, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of downloading your favorite browser.