iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Will Let You Change Default Browser and Email Apps

Apple did not announce this on stage but as a part of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the company is going to allow users to change the default browser and email apps on iPhones and iPads.

This is the first time that Apple is allowing users to change the default system app to a third-party one. Since the company did not explain this feature on stage, it is unclear how it will work, and if there are any limitations. Nonetheless, this is a major usability improvement and it is good to see Apple finally allowing users to change default system apps.

Set default email and browser apps. With iOS 14, you can set a third‑party app as the default email or browser app systemwide.

The introduction of this feature means that users will be able to replace Safari with a third-party browser like Chrome or Opera. Similarly, they will also be able to change the default email client from the Mail app to Outlook, Spark, or any other app of their choice. Disappointingly, Apple is still not allowing users to replace Apple Music with a third-party music service of their own. Here’s hoping that Apple gets around to expanding this feature to allow iPhone and iPad users to set their own Maps and Music app as well.