From iOS 17.4: Safari asks for the default browser

After updating an Apple iPhone to the iOS 17.4 operating system, the first time you open the Safari browser you will be informed that you can also set another web browser as the default. Not only are the installed browsers listed (if alternatives have already been loaded), but a total of a dozen apps that you can use. In addition to safari, there are e.g. E.g. Ecosia, DuckDuckGo, Chrome and Opera. But how do you go about selecting an app or simply continuing to use Safari? Find out here!

After iOS update: Safari asks for the desired default browser

It happened to me last night after updating to iOS 17.4 that I wanted to open a website in Safari, but after tapping the app icon I was first shown the “Using the default browser” screen. If you feel the same way, just tap the “Continue” button there. You can then choose a new default browser with which to open links in the future. If you want to stay with Safari, tap its list item. You will be redirected to the App Store. To do this, tap “Continue” and then tap “Open” on Safari’s app page.

Regardless of whether you want to stick with Safari or set a new web browser as the default for opening web links: you have to go the entire way via the App Store.
Regardless of whether you want to stick with Safari or set a new web browser as the default for opening web links: you have to go the entire way via the App Store.

Why do I have to open Safari from the App Store?

The good news: You only have to go through the procedure described once. The reason lies in the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). As part of this, Apple was ordered to make users aware that there are alternatives when they first open the pre-installed Safari web browser. And these are shown for potential installation including their links to the App Store. Now Apple only fully fulfills its obligation when you register as a user Browser decided and installed it. Safari is already installed, so all you have to do is open it. Afterwards, Apple's fulfillment of its duty is complete.

It is already stated on the last display of the new procedure: setting the default browser from iOS 17.4 is only completed when the selected app is installed or opened. This also applies to Safari and if you have been using the iPhone for years.
It is already stated on the last display of the new procedure: setting the default browser from iOS 17.4 is only completed when the selected app is installed or opened. This also applies to Safari and if you have been using the iPhone for years.

How can I change the default web browser on iPhone?

As already described on the selected App Store page, the selection of the default web browser for the iPhone can be changed later in the iOS settings. This can be done by installing the desired browser, going to the iPhone's settings, scrolling down to the desired app, selecting it and then selecting the app in the "Default browser app" option. This is unnecessarily complicated and is probably what Apple wanted. For a better understanding of the procedure, you can find step-by-step instructions with matching screenshots here: iPhone Instructions – Set default browser to open web links.

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