How to make Google Chrome your default iOS browser with BrowserChooser for iPhone or iPad [jailbreak]

How to make Google Chrome your default iOS browser with BrowserChooser for iPhone or iPad  [jailbreak]

BrowserChooser is a jailbreak tweak available from Cydia that will let you set Google Chrome for iOS as you default iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad browser -- something Apple won't let you do.

Here's how to install BrowserChooser and make Chrome your new default web browser.

How to install and set up BrowserChooser for iPhone and iPad



  • Launch Cydia
  • BrowserChooser 1
  • Tap on Sources
  • BrowserChooser 2
  • Tap on Edit
  • Tap on Add
  • BrowserChooser 3
  • Type in the repo address in the box that comes up
  • Tap on Add Source
  • BrowserChooser 4
  • Tap on Return to Cydia
  • Tap Done
  • Tap the repo you just added to see BrowserChooser in the list of apps
  • BrowserChooser 5
  • Tap on BrowserChooser to install it
  • BrowserChooser 6


    div>BrowserChooser 7

  • Tap on Respring when it has finished installing
  • How to set Google Chrome as your default iOS browser

    <li>Launch Settings</li><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-117839" title="BrowserChooser 8" src="/sites/" alt="BrowserChooser 8" width="512" height="384" />
    <li>Scroll down and tap on the new entry for BrowserChooser</li>
    <li>Tap on Chrome to set it as the default browser (as opposed to Safari)</li>

    BrowserChooser 9

    Now that Chrome is set as your default browser, tapping links anywhere in iOS will open them in Chrome and not the stock Safari browser.

    BrowserChooser 10

    How to switch back to Safari as your default iOS browser

    • Launch Settings
    • BrowserChooser 8
    • Scroll down and tap on the entry for BrowserChooser
    • Tap on Safari to restore it as the default browser (as opposed to Chrome)

    So there you have it, a simple way to change your default browser and enjoy the power of Google Chrome the way it should be on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. if you give it a try, let us know how i

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    How to make Google Chrome your default iOS browser with BrowserChooser for iPhone or iPad [jailbreak]


    I just did this yesterday, I didn't have to add a repo either, the browser chooser tweak came up in the base repo's.

    All I did was open cydia, clicked on features in the main page, then went to mobile safari add-ons and it was right there.

    The excellent Browser Changer with corresponding SBSettings toggle has been around a lot longer and supports well over 30 separate browsers, allowing me to choose my favorite, iCab. It too has been updated and has had Chrome added to its list.

    (forgot to add, it will also allow you to redirect Maps and YouTube to the browser of your choice, I wish someone would just come out with "InternetConfig". I wonder how many people that will trigger a memory for…)

    Warning to iBlank users: blank icons will open when tapped if you have browser changer installed.

    Or just use Android, which doesn't have all these limitations that require jailbreaking to get a decent user experience.

    Rmkilc, go the f@#* back to androidcentral you troll. Oh,
    I hope you enjoy google selling your personal info, azzhole.

    I find it ironic that you think so negatively of Google and yet this article is about making Google's browser your default browser...

    All we need now is a version of Safari Download Manager for Chrome and I should be all set! :)

    Chrome still needs a less complicated bookmarks manager and a refresh button besides the URL. Other than that it's a great browser.

    Neither option works for me. Both give me errors when trying to open a link from email. Links will only work if I use Safari. Too bad as this is one of the most annoying aspects of iOS.

    hmmm thats odd because i just tried to open a link from the email app and it worked flawlessly. Try removing and reinsalling the tweak and see if that works.

    I've tried reinstalling both multiple times and still get the "unsupported URL" error. I guess Apple still has me locked in their browser garden.