How to Change Default Email and Browser Apps in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
When it comes to offering enhanced privacy and seamless experience, iOS is way ahead of the curve. However, Apple’s mobile operating system doesn’t provide much room for customization and the freedom to set third-party apps as default on iPhone. That’s probably the reason why iOS is termed as the “Walled garden” by many.
With the introduction of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has finally decided to make the ecosystem a bit more flexible. For a change, you can now change the default email and browser apps on your iPhone or iPad. Let us guide you through!
Before getting started, it’s worth mentioning that both iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are in beta (developer and public). They will be rolled out this fall (most probably in September).
If you have tried your hands on macOS, you would find the process of switching to a third-party web browser like Google Chrome or email app like Gmail on iOS quite familiar. Apple may offer multiple ways to do it.
For instance, you may get a straightforward way to select the desired email client/browser from the Settings > General. Besides, there may also be a way to quickly change the default app when you first open it right after the installation.
Once you have set a preferred browser as the primary option, tapping on the related link will direct you in that app. For example, if you tap on a hyperlink, the link will open in Chrome. Likewise, your desired third-party email app will always popup automatically during email-related tasks.
Why is changing default browser and email app a well-thought-out proposition?
Thanks to the introduction of several helpful features like the built-in translation and a host of privacy-centric tools, Safari has vastly improved to become a top-notch web browser. Moreover, it’s also less resource-hogging and consumes way less battery life than Chrome and Firefox.
However, Safari lacks a huge library of extensions, unlike Chrome and Firefox. So, if you prefer to use extensions, you may not find the Apple browser up to the mark. Even on the customization front, Safari doesn’t score much as compared to its counterparts.
As for Apple Mail, it sports a simple design language with all the essential tools to manage emails. That said, third-party offerings like Gmail and Outlook are more feature-packed and offer better tools to let users take control of emails. That’s why the flexibility to make a third-party email client as default appears to be a good proposition.
When will Apple offer the complete freedom to set third-party apps as default?
It’s no secret that Apple wants to have complete control over the ecosystem. It’s both a boon and a bane. Thanks to the complete control over the ecosystem, the tech giant ensures the OS remains secure and also retains the smooth performance. However, the downside of absolute control over the operating system is that users don’t have much room for customization.
Though Apple has shown that it now wants to give users some leeway regarding customization, we don’t expect the Cupertino-based company to offer the complete freedom to set any third-party apps as default. At least in the near future.
Ever since Apple rolled out the latest betas of macOS and iOS 14/iPadOS 14, we have been testing all-new features to check how they are going to impact the user experience of the Apple ecosystem. So, stay tuned in to our blogs to know more about the new features and also contact us if your device ever finds itself embroiled into trouble during the beta testing.
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