Shutting off your iPhone could mean losing default settings in iOS 14

Shutting off your iPhone could mean losing default settings in iOS 14
  • Apple just released iOS 14, the newest software update for iPhones.
  • For the first time, iPhone owners can set the default browser and email to services not run by Apple.
  • Those settings disappear when the iPhone restarts, and Safari once again becomes the default.

Apple just released iOS 14, with some major updates like home screen widgets and Siri, along with dozens of more minor adjustments. One of these new features is the ability to switch default browser and email from Apple's default Safari and mail app. Announced at WWDC in June, some iPhone users have been waiting on this feature for years.

Though changing the default is easy enough, the settings revert back when an iPhone is restarted. Users began pointing out the bug on Twitter.

Several reporters at Business Insider tested the setting, with Google Chrome and Firefox set as default browsers. In each case, after restarting the iPhone, any links clicked began opening Safari. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Google engineering manager Adrienne Porter Felt confirmed that workers at Google were aware of the bug.

To change the default browser, open Settings and scroll to the browser of choice. Then, there will be an option to choose which browser the iPhone defaults to.


Shutting off your iPhone could mean losing default settings in iOS 14
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Apple's iOS 14 rollout hasn't gone totally smoothly so far. Nintendo and other app developers warned people not to download the update yet, warning that it could lead to glitches. Developers only had 24 hours notice on the rollout of iOS 14, and many were left scrambling to make sure their apps would function the next day. This was unusual for Apple, which gave developers more than a week of notice before iOS 13's release last year.

Then, the update launched late Wednesday afternoon, later in the day than Apple historically releases updates. iPhone owners on Twitter were left wondering when they could get the new software.