You aren't actually stuck with Apple's Mail and Safari iPhone apps - CNET

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We'll amusement you however to acceptable default apps connected your iPhone oregon iPad. 

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The iPhone has a batch to offer. You tin battalion it afloat of amusive apps, usage it for astonishing photography, and conscionable mostly bask utilizing it time aft day. But, for a agelong time, you besides had to usage Apple's default message and web-browsing apps, careless of your preferred defaults.

Fortunately, Apple has been loosening its grip connected the iPhone and iPad by adding the enactment to put widgets connected the iPhone's location screen, make custom app icons and, though somewhat limited, alteration the default apps for email and web browsing. (Here are immoderate of our different favorite features from iOS 15.)

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That means you tin usage Gmail oregon Google Chrome -- oregon different app of your prime -- connected your iPhone and yet permission Safari and Apple Mail behind. It's a large triumph for iPhone and iPad users. 

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The process to alteration implicit your default message and browser app is truly simple, but besides somewhat hidden. Apple doesn't marque it arsenic casual arsenic Android, wherever there's a dedicated conception for mounting default apps successful settings. You person to cognize wherever to look, and below, we'll amusement you wherever that is.


It's true, you tin acceptable immoderate default apps successful iOS 15. 

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Set your default message oregon browser

In bid to usage different app arsenic an email oregon web browser replacement, the developer volition request to update the app with enactment for the caller feature. Make definite to cheque the App Store for immoderate updates earlier trying to alteration your default app. Here's what you request to do.

Open the Settings app connected your iPhone oregon iPad. Scroll down until you find the app you privation to use. For example, find Google Chrome if you privation it to beryllium your main browser. Or Outlook if you privation to usage it arsenic your email app and pat it. Select the due option, either Default Browser App oregon Default Email App. Pick from the database of disposable apps connected the adjacent screen, past backmost retired of settings. 

With a caller default app set, anytime you click a link, your preferred browser volition open. Or whenever you pat an email address, your email app volition launch. It's astir clip Apple added this capability. 

Default apps aren't the lone chill diagnostic successful iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 -- we recovered a bunch. We besides figured retired immoderate circumstantial tricks, like however to get escaped iCloud storage

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