Unable to set Firefox as the default browser for iOS

Currently, Apple does not allow you to change the default browser on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. This will become possible in iOS 14. In a list of features for iOS 14, Apple confirmed that there will be an option to “set a default web browser and email app that launch when you click a link or want to compose a new mail message.”

You can, however, send pages from Safari to Firefox. Another option is to turn off Safari from the privacy settings. This page explains these options:

Send pages from Safari to Firefox

  1. From Safari, tap the share icon share button ios at the bottom of the screen to bring up the share menu. (Note: You can also long-press on a link on a page to bring up the share menu.)
    share button ios full
  2. Choose Firefox as the destination in the share menu.
    send to firefox ios
  3. If Firefox is not listed in the options, tap the More button in the first row of the share menu.
    more button ios
  4. Tap the switch next to Firefox to enable it.
    add firefox share ios
Tip: Drag Firefox to the beginning of the share panel so it appears first on the list.

If you would like to see this change in the future, please leave feedback for Apple on their site: Apple feedback.

Turn off Safari in Privacy Settings

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your device.
  2. Select Screen Time and then Content & Privacy Restrictions.
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  3. Select Allowed Apps, then slide the switch next to Safari to enable or disable it switchonios .
Note: Disabling the Safari browser may cause some links to not open by default and need to be shared to Firefox (see above steps). Some apps which have a "Open in Safari" option may not work and need the link to be copied into Firefox.

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