How can I change the default browser on my iPad 2?

Mark O'Neill December 9, 2011

I prefer the Dolphin browser over the Safari browser on my iPad 2 and I would like links (such as in emails) to open in Dolphin instead of Safari. How do I permanently set the default browser to Dolphin?

  1. Adi
    August 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    If you jailbreak the iPad, there is a cydia app called BrowserChooser (along with hundreds of other tweaks that I can't live without anymore) - It detects all the browsers you have installed (chrome, dolphin, opera, etc.) and will let you chose which is the default app from your settings app

  2. Ron
    June 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Kinda reminds me when Microsoft made it difficult to use anything other than IE.

  3. Chad Dickinson
    December 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

    "Why can't these things be offered as a default setting?"
    They can, you just have the wrong tablet.  Get yourself an Android and you can customize till your heart is content.

    • Mike
      December 11, 2011 at 12:48 am

      The problem with Android is that you buy a device for several $100 dollars which is already outdated and there is no word when or if at all you will get the latest version [Ice Cream Sandwich at this time].

      Don't get me wrong ~ I would welcome a more open platform than iOS but I don't think Android is the right answer.

      • Dancotdbigun
        January 1, 2012 at 5:18 am

        The problem with Apple is that I spent a lot of money for my iPad while
        I waited for this iPad2 and now I have to wait until sommer to get the oPad3

      • jbrandonf
        February 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        While you're right that there's no way to know for certain, if you go for a high end device (usually $200 and up) you'll get updates.

      • Amkiwi
        April 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        My ASUS Transformer automatically updated to ICS about a month ago. It was running Honeycomb 3.1 when I bought it. Of course my granddaughter has since talked me into trading the ASUS, complete with docking keyboard, for her I-Pad2. Android is the bomb!

        • Marco
          July 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

          Asus Transformer? The one with no 3G? Worthless.

  4. Mike
    December 10, 2011 at 6:50 am

    There is no option to change the default browser in iOS. Links will always open in Safari. If you want to open them in Dolphin you'll have to copy the address and paste it into your browser.

    Only if you jailbreaked your device you can find "BrowserChanger" on Cydia which allows you to change the that.

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I had a bad feeling that it would be something like that. Why does everything involve rooting and jailbreaking these days? Why can't these things be offered as a default setting?

      Thanks for helping out Mike.

      • Mike
        December 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

        I guess it always depends on the demand just like Personal Hotspot or Wifi sync, ... jailbreakers had these features long before vanilla iOS users.

      • Esger Jellema
        July 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

        Well they made Microsoft allow other browsers then IE install as default browser, so why can't we make Apple allow this as well?

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