How to Set Brave as Default Browser on iPhone or iPad

Feb 12, 2022 - 5 Comments

Brave web browser

The privacy-centric Brave web browser is gaining popularity, so it’s reasonable for iPhone and iPad users to wonder how they can change their default web browser to Brave in iOS or iPadOS. Fortunately, it’s really easy.

For the unfamiliar, the Brave web browser has many privacy focused features, including built-in tracker blocking, ad blocking, and other features that can help to improve your online privacy. It also performs well and web pages tend to load quite fast with Brave, partially because it’s blocking so much of the activity going on under the hood of many websites, with various cookies, ad servers, and potentially intrusive JavaScripts.

Setting Brave as the Default Web Browser on iPhone & iPad

Whether you’re on an iPhone or iPad does not matter, setting Brave as the default browser is the same.

  1. Download the Brave browser from the App Store if you have not done so already
  2. Go to “Settings” then scroll down to find “Brave”
  3. Tap on “Default Browser App”
  4. Change your default web browser app on iPhone or iPad

  5. Tap to choose “Brave” as the default browser
  6. Choose Brave as your default web browser on iPhone or iPad

  7. Close out of Settings and enjoy Brave as your default browser in iOS and iPadOS

If you just downloaded Brave and don’t see it in the Settings yet, open the Brave app first, then return to the Settings app to find Brave available.

Now any link you open through email, notes, messages, or apps, will launch directly in the Brave browser app.

You can change your default web browser on iPhone or iPad easily to any of the available browser apps available, but obviously we’re focusing on Brave here. These include Safari (the default browser), Chrome, Firefox, Firefox Focus, Edge, Brave, Opera, DuckDuckGo, and a few others.

Brave is cross platform compatible, meaning it’s available not only for iPhone and iPad, but also Mac, Windows, and Android, so if you like the Chromium-based browser, you can use it anywhere and everywhere you wish to.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. JohnIL says:

    All browsers on IOS have to use WebKit engine that Safari uses. Not sure how any browser would perform any better than Safari? It is possible that Brave is blocking more stuff that would slow down rendering a little. But I highly doubt this would be significant. I use Safari on any IOS device just because Apple won’t allow any browser to use its native rendering engine.

  2. Ronny says:

    It’s a proven malware, wow

  3. Steve Fama says:

    Is it better then the new Safari web browser

    • Rudi says:

      Is this a question or a statement?

    • Elliot says:

      Better by what standard is the real question?

      Safari will have better performance in iOS/iPadOS due to having native runtime advantage with WebKit, whereas Brave may be a little slower in some ways but it has some privacy benefits like automatically discarding cookies, javascripts, ads, trackers, etc.

      Personally I still use Safari

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