Microsoft Edge Beta now works as a default browser on iOS 14

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What you need to know

  • The latest Microsoft Edge beta can now be set as your default browser on the iOS 14 beta.
  • So far, Chrome and Edge are the only browsers to start testing the feature.
  • Edge TestFlight testers can try the feature out now if they're also testing iOS 14 beta builds.

One of the big new features included as part of Apple's upcoming iOS 14 release is the option to set apps other than Apple's own as your default browser and mail clients. The option to change your default browser from Safari rolled out in the latest iOS 14 beta update, opening up testing for third-party browsers. Now, with the latest version of the Microsoft Edge beta on iOS, you can set Edge as your default browser.

To test the feature out, you'll have to be enrolled in the limited TestFlight beta for Microsoft Edge. As Neowin reports, the update that adds the option to set Edge as your default browser began rolling out over this past weekend. Once installed, Edge will prompt you to set it as your default.

So far, Google Chrome and Edge are the only browsers to light up the new default browser behavior. Presumably, we'll see other browsers like Firefox jump on board soon. The new default options for email and browser apps will roll out to everyone with the full launch of iOS 14, which is expected in the coming weeks.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • My thinking here is Apple has given up on Safari. Other browsers are only going to take more market share from Safari now.
  • I gave up on Edge for Android and went for a different browser with sadness cause I like Edge itself. On both my Samsung A51 and S10+, Edge just heats and drains the battery phone. 1% for 1 minute of use is just ridiculous. Now I've noticed some have it even worse with a higher % per minute on Microsoft's feedback forum. Each month they claim they will fix it in the next update but it's simply never happening.
  • That is true,, Edge needs to rebuilt from scratch it really sucks on mobile. As a performance, UI and UX. Chrome is better on mobile.
  • I use Mozilla as default. I really don't need Chrome on my Android device.
  • Hmm weird it works well on my pixel 3xl. I haven't noticed battery drain issues
  • I use it all the time on my s10, and I've never had these issues.
  • Edge has been working great on my phone and my (sad, lonely) Android tablet. Performance is better than ever.
  • I remember years ago I was saying that Default App setting was essential for Windows Phone... yet all the fanboys were saying it wasn't. Android had it for ages and now iOS has it as well.
    Sigh, if only Microsoft hadn't listened to Yes-Men so much.
  • Having a feature and that feature being essential are not the same thing. iOS is only getting it now, with the 14th revision of its mobile OS. It certainly has been successful to this point despite only getting it more than a decade after launch.