A new feature of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is the ability to set third-party apps as the default browser and mail apps on your iPhone and iPad. However, a bug in the new mobile operating systems apparently resets browser and email functionality back to the default Safari and Mail apps, respectively.
The issue was discovered by several users, many of who reported the issue on social media.
After a restart, iOS 14 forgets your default browser choice, and the Safari setting doesn't have the option to change the browser anymore! The option is there though, if you go to Chrome or Edge settings and when you change it, Safari shows the option again 😒 https://t.co/qliL4P6vJ5 pic.twitter.com/2KLE4O6Nlx
— Maximiliano Firtman (@firt) September 17, 2020
Apple has since confirmed the bug’s existence, and in a statement to CNET said:
“We are aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. A fix will be available to users in a software update.”
Until Apple releases a fix for the issue, it’s a good idea to try and avoid shutting down or restarting your iOS device. Otherwise, you’ll need to re-select your browser and mail app preferences each time the device is restarted.
As of the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, users can set Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and DuckDuckGo as the default browsers. As for mail apps, Microsoft Outlook and Spark can currently be set as the default apps to be opened whenever the system requires it.