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natalietuckwell Level 1 Level 1

I would like to set Google chrome as my default browser on iPhone 4S (OS6) and iPad 2 without Jailbreaking or using a hack. Thank you.


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iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.3
Reply by cheonweb on Jun 23, 2013 10:34 PM Helpful

You can't.

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  • cheonweb Level 4 Level 4

    You can't.

  • natalietuckwell Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Cheonweb. I am so tired of restrictions by Apple. They are making my life difficult and I will avoid buying their products in the future. Apple Support - ANY solutions?

  • cheonweb Level 4 Level 4

    Apple is not here. This is a user to user forum only.


    In fact you can't change the default action in any app in iOS. But I think is not too much trouble. When you hit a link in a mail or message just hold it down and choose copy. Open chrome and paste it there. Also your bookmarks and opened tabs are synced through Google account. I'm using Chrome this way and its ok.

  • natalietuckwell Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Cheonweb. It's not your fault, but yes, it is actually a lot of trouble. I want to use Google chrome, because it syncs my bookmarks better between devices, links to Google Drive, seems faster, better links from gmail etc. I prefer Chrome's browsing experience and I am ankoyed that Apple restrict my choices on devices that I pay for. Thanks for your reply. I have also tewwted Apple. Is there a good Apple twitter name, does anyone know?

  • cheonweb Level 4 Level 4

    I didn't said not to use Chrome. Use it. You have just to paste the link that is outside from browser (ex. From Mail app).

    I'm using Chrome in iPad with no problem.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9

    If you're using the Gmail app, it defaults to opening links in Chrome.


    Submit your feedback directly to Apple using the appropriate link on the Feedback page, not twitter:


  • scredly Level 1 Level 1

    How is this any different than when Microsoft was sued by several governments for anti-trust violations for "bundling" their browser and operating system?


  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    Apple has not been classified as a monopoly as Microsoft was. Should Apple ever be so classified - unlikely given the high level of competition in the smartphone market - then perhaps similar terms would apply. Until then, Apple is under no obligation to allow users to change the default web browser, or even to allow alternate browsers at all though they do.


    If you would like to see such a feature, use the feedback link posted in the previous replies.



  • BarbaraBLT Level 1 Level 1

    As a new iPad owner who spent a bundle, I am equally disappointed and surprised that Apple isn't doing the RIGHT thing for users--fuggedabout what they are obligated to do or what other corps. have or haven't done in the past.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9

    BarbaraBLT wrote:


    As a new iPad owner who spent a bundle,

    If you just bought the iPad, you should be able to return it and then buy something that more meets your needs. I'd do a bit of research this time, though, if I were your.


    Best of luck.

  • Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6

    I use google chrome on my iphone and ipad and can access bookmarks on my PC with chrome  so I can't see what the problem is

  • alexfromipswich Level 1 Level 1

    I believe this might be a new feature in ios 7. I have no idea if you can do this on a jailbroken device.

  • Pipodopolos Level 1 Level 1

    For those that say 'I can't see what the problem is' there is a problem. Using an iPad's mail app if you click on a link in an email it takes you into Safari. If you have installed Chrome, or presumably any other browser, it is bypassed. Copying and pasting a link is a backward step - not sure why it was even suggested.


    I am a Google user with a Gmail account so the solution for me was to install the Gmail app - an additional benefit of this is that this app is better than the Apple Mail app. Clicking on a link in an email in Gmail app takes you straight into Chrome. Chrome is better than Safari by a country mile.

  • Pipodopolos Level 1 Level 1

    Question is "Did Microsoft ever stop you making a different browser the default browser?" Answer is "no".

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