Apple’s Safari, the default web browser on all iPads and iPhones, is a powerful piece of software. Users can depend on Safari to quickly find and load their favorite web pages. But suppose you’d prefer to browse with Opera, Dolphin, or Chrome? The good news is you can download any browser you’d like to your iPad or iPhone. The bad news? Unless you’re willing to manually tinker with your Apple gadget – which is something only expert techies should try – Safari will always remain your device’s default browser.
The default option
This means that when you tap a link in a program, your iPad or iPhone will automatically use Safari to open that link. If you would rather open the link in another web browser that you have downloaded to your device, you need to copy the link, open your alternative browser, and then paste your link in that browser’s search bar. Is this an annoyance? A bit. But if you really prefer an alternative browser to Safari, then you’ll make the extra step.
In a recent column in USA Today, Rob Pegoraro points out that with the release of Chrome, Google highlighted the ability to download alternative browsers on Apple devices. If you would like to do this it is easy. After navigating to your browser of choices’ home page, simply follow the download instructions for iOS.
A mix and match approach
Using different browsers for different purposes can help you stay organized. For example, you might want to use Safari as your general web surfing browser, and use Chrome or Opera to keep the tabs open you are using for personal matters. Or perhaps you would like to use Dolphin for business. In either case, do not let the fact that Safari is your gadget’s default browser stop you from downloading and utilizing your favorite browser.