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Using Alternative Browsers on the iPad and iPhone

Business Technology | October 19, 2012

Apple’s Safari, the default web browser on all iPads and iPhones, is a powerful piece of software. Users can count on Safari to quickly find and load their favorite web pages. But let’s suppose you’d prefer to browse with Opera, Dolphin, or Chrome? Fortunately 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 – and that’s something only expert techies should try – Safari will always remain your device’s default browser.

The default option

Having Safari as your default browser means that if you click a link in a program your iPad will automatically use Safari to navigate you to the website. If you want to use a different browser, you will need to copy and paste the link into another browser you have. This can be a pain, but if you absolutely love Chrome, you will have to take this step.

Alternative browsers

As Rob Pegoraro recently wrote in a column for USA Today, Google put the spotlight on alternative iPad and iPhone browsers with its release of Chrome software designed to run on Apple’s iOS operating system. Today, Apple users are often downloading such options as the Dolphin web browser, Chrome, and Opera to search the web. Doing so is easy. Simply log onto these browsers’ web homes from your Apple gadget and find the download instructions. Once you download the browsers you can use them to surf the web.

A mix and match approach

Many people use different browsers on their laptops and devices for different things. Perhaps Chrome for personal tabs, and Safari for business related tabs. Regardless, even though you cannot modify the default browser on your iPad or iPhone, that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from downloading your favorite browser.

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