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  • Make Google Chrome Your Default iOS Browser With 'BrowserChooser'


    Google Chrome for iOS was just released by Google yesterday. As it appears, Google Chrome for iOS didn’t just impress us, but it also impressed iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich. So much so, that he has created a free jailbreak tweak dubbed BrowserChooser that allows you to switch between default Web browser applications on your iOS device. Normally Mobile Safari is your device’s default Web browser – well, not anymore!

    BrowserChooser can be used to set Google Chrome (or a different third party Web browser) as your default Web browser so that any links you tap on from anywhere in iOS will send you directly to your default Web browser instead of Mobile Safari – similarly to how you set a default Web browser on your personal computer. It places a preferences pane in your Settings application where you can choose between all of the Web browsers you have installed on your iOS device.

    BrowserChooser is currently compatible with all of the following Web browsers for iOS:
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera Mini
    • iCab Mobile
    • Dolphine Browser
    • Atomic Browser
    • Diigo
    • iLunascape
    • MammothIV
    • Mercury
    • Mobile Safari


    Being able to choose between default Web browsers is advantageous because you can ultimately select the user interface you want to use each and every time you open a Web page and you can avoid things you dislike about other browsers. Many people prefer Mobile Safari because of its speed, but browsers like Google Chrome for iOS offer other things that could outweigh speed such as tab syncing, nicer animations, and a simpler interface.

    BrowserChooser is free, but you can only download it from Ryan Petrich's private repository. To add it, open Cydia and tap on Manage, then tap on Sources, then tap on Add, and type in the following repository URL:
    PHP Code:
    http://rpetri.ch/repo/ 
    What's your opinion on Google Chrome now that you can set it as your default Web browser?

    Name: BrowserChooser
    Price: FREE
    Version: 0.9
    Repo: Ryan Petrich's repository
    Developer: Ryan Petrich
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Sources: Ryan Petrich
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Google Chrome Your Default iOS Browser With 'BrowserChooser' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      See I figure you can sync to the laptop and vice versa, but I have bookmarks saved in mobile safari that I don't have on my laptop (I do most of my MMi mobile). I think it's easier just to copy/paste the bookmarks, but I'm sure there's a way to export the bookmarks from safari and import them into Chrome. But that'd require some SSH or iFile work, not even sure if what I'm imagining exists lol.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by morbidpete View Post
      its called "browser changer" it was updated this morning to support chrome. It better then this tweek because it allows springboard bookmarks to open in chrome also. This tweek still opened them in safari
      Yep, installed Browser Changer lastnight and e-mailed the developer about Chrome support. Look how responsive he is, updated with support for Chrome and a few others today!

      Browser Changer supports many (maybe all) 3rd party iOS Browsers!
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Needs an SB settings toggle, so until then I'll wait for BrowserChanger to be updated...

      Quote Originally Posted by Lohand View Post
      Needs an SB settings toggle, so until then I'll wait for BrowserChanger to be updated...
      -------
      Updated as i was typing. Cool...
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Left the Mac book at the house and kicking myself doing it so have to wait to git home. But it will give me something to do when bored
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Anyone worked out how to refresh in Chrome? I know you can g to the address bar and do it that way but it's too many steps!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is another example of functionality I would be willing to pay for. It seems the things that I am willing to pay for are free. The things that I am NOT willing to pay for not only cost money, but I find them to be way overpriced, LOL!
    1. Fofer's Avatar
      Fofer -
      Quote Originally Posted by didithu View Post
      Long time ago, dud!

      Bzzt. Wrong. Firefox Home is a utility to sync bookmarks only, it is not a web browser. It passes along all web surfing duties to your default installed browser.

      There probably won't be Firefox on iOS for a long while, if ever.

      Quote Originally Posted by Mozilla/Firefox Wiki View Post
      We have no plans to release the full Firefox browser for iOS. The iOS SDK agreement requires apps to use Apple's own JavaScript engine (or none at all, like Opera Mini which downloads pre-rendered pages from Opera's servers and cannot run JavaScript code in the client). Because of this, we have no supported way to distribute Firefox's rendering and JavaScript engine to iPhone users.
      However, you can download Firefox Home for iPhone, an iOS app that uses Firefox Sync to deliver Firefox bookmarks, browsing history, and tabs to your iPhone or iPod Touch.
      https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      See I figure you can sync to the laptop and vice versa, but I have bookmarks saved in mobile safari that I don't have on my laptop (I do most of my MMi mobile). I think it's easier just to copy/paste the bookmarks, but I'm sure there's a way to export the bookmarks from safari and import them into Chrome. But that'd require some SSH or iFile work, not even sure if what I'm imagining exists lol.
      On the computer you can export bookmarks from Safari and import them into Chrome. The Chrome will sync to iOS.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I have the bookmarks on mobile safari not safari on my laptop. What a handful to have to take them from my phone then put it on my laptop then move it to chrome then sync to my phone.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Anyone worked out how to refresh in Chrome? I know you can g to the address bar and do it that way but it's too many steps!
      You press the menu button (next to the tabs button) and hit the refresh button at the top of the menu.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is another example of functionality I would be willing to pay for. It seems the things that I am willing to pay for are free. The things that I am NOT willing to pay for not only cost money, but I find them to be way overpriced, LOL!
      Refresh is under the menu with the three lines in it, next to the tab button
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Doesn't work when opening links from homepage still opens safari
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      You press the menu button (next to the tabs button) and hit the refresh button at the top of the menu.
      Thanks
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Doesn't work when opening links from homepage still opens safari
      What doesn't work. You on mobile
      App and opening like that ya talkin about?
    1. Fofer's Avatar
      Fofer -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I have the bookmarks on mobile safari not safari on my laptop. What a handful to have to take them from my phone then put it on my laptop then move it to chrome then sync to my phone.
      Handful? just turn on iCloud, it syncs them automatically. And if your bookmarks are that important, then you should be doing this anyway, if only for a backup!

      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Doesn't work when opening links from homepage still opens safari
      Use Browser Changer instead of BrowserChooser. That one makes springboard shortcuts open in the default browser you select.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I have 5 bookmarks I already just made new ones in chrome lol. Thanks anyway.
    1. Serge96's Avatar
      Serge96 -
      Chrome doesn't support flash. Puffin does. Therefore this app should have support for Puffin as well. But Chrome is still better than Safari
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I have 5 bookmarks I already just made new ones in chrome lol. Thanks anyway.
      Must be nice to just have five lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolution83 View Post
      Refresh is under the menu with the three lines in it, next to the tab button
      Errr... thanks?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Serge96 View Post
      Chrome doesn't support flash. Puffin does. Therefore this app should have support for Puffin as well. But Chrome is still better than Safari
      It now supports Puffin as well.

      BrowserChoose has been updated to version 0.9 – live on Ryan Petrich's repository. The update brings support for more Web browsers. Check the article (edited) to see the new Web browser support.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I got all my bookmarks over well the ones I needed. Guess it was good to switch did a clean up.