Here are the web browsers you should consider to set as default on iOS 14

https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/about/ 14 finally offers the possibility for users to change their default web browser. It's rather limited for the moment, with only 8 web browsers available, but this list should grow rapidly, since only a few conditions are needed to take advantage of the API.

In order to change your default browser, head into the Settings app, then scroll down to the browser you want to be your default. Click it and you’ll see a “Default Browser App” option if it’s default eligible.

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  1. Mozilla Firefox icon

    The famous web browser from Mozilla is one of the obvious choices if you want a reliable web browser that's free and open source. Many people use it on desktop, and it's nice to be able to use it on iOS too, since you can sync everything (bookmarks, settings, addons…) between your devices. It seems Firefox Focus can't be set as default for the moment, and I don't know if it's a choice from Mozilla, or if an update will allow this in the future.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
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  2. Brave icon

    Brave is a Chromium based open source web browser concerned about protecting your personal data while respecting the principle of website remuneration through advertising. To achieve this, Brave includes a scalable ad blocker that allows you to either completely remove advertising, replace it with a more relevant ad, or allow the original ad. It has been developed since 2016 and designed by Brendan Eich, also co-founder of Mozilla Firefox and creator of JavaScript.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
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  3. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser icon

    The privacy-focused search engine has been available as a separate web browser for iOS and Android for years, and you can now use it instead of Safari (that's what I'm doing on my iPhone SE). Like all other iOS web browsers, it's based on Apple's WebKit page rendering engine, but it adds some interesting features like an ad blocker, a privacy grade for each website, a “Fire” button to erase your tabs and history, and much more.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  4. Opera Touch icon

    The mobile version of the well-know Opera web browser is also an option on iOS 14. This web browser features a dark theme, a built-in ad blocker, a private mode, and a one-hand action button for when you're on the move. If you're an Opera desktop user, then this is probable the best option for you, and like most browsers, you'll be able to sync and send files, links and notes between your devices thanks to “My Flow”.

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  5. Microsoft Edge icon

    Microsoft Edge is the successor of the infamous Internet Explorer, which was the most used web browser in the late 90' and early 2000 (with more than 95% market share between 2002 and 2004!). The browser boasts of having “More privacy. More control. More productivity.” but I haven't tested it myself, so I can't really tell if it's true or not (let me know in the comments).

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Microsoft Edge screenshot 1
  6. Google Chrome icon

    Last but not least, Google Chrome, the most used web browser in the world. As you might know if you've read some of my other lists on AlternativeTo, I'm not a big fan of Google to say the least, and I don't think there's anything that hasn't already been said about this web browser. It's pretty fast, it works great, it's multiplatform and its extensions' ecosystem is huge, but it's owned by Google, and I think your personal data deserve better than that.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
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At the time of writing this article, only two other web browsers (https://alternativeto.net/software/yandex-browser/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/aloha-browser/) can be set as default on iOS 14, but there might be more in the future.


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