Launch Chrome in iOS (iPad, iPhone)

Chrome for iPad and iPhone was released less than 2 weeks ago and it has been all the rage.  One problem is people face is when they click on a link in other apps, such as the Mail app, it opens the link in Safari by default.  Apple doesn’t have a way to allow you to switch your default browser (as they would rather you use Safari).

However, there are two workarounds, one if you have a jailbroken iOS device, and another that allows you to launch Chrome from any Safari page.

Jailbroken Method (From Redmond Pie)

To get the tweak on your device, you have to add Ryan Petrich’s repo rpetri.ch/repo to Cydia from Manage > Sources > Edit > Add. Then you just search for BrowserChooser and install the free tweak, it’s really that simple.

Launch Chrome from Safari Method (from JonAbrams )

javascript:location.href="googlechrome"+location.href.substring(4);

Install instructions:

  1. Copy the bit of code up there.
  2. Bookmark this page.
  3. Open the Safari bookmarks, click “edit”, and edit the new bookmark.
  4. Rename it to “Open in Chrome” or something like that.
  5. Delete the URL that’s there and paste in the above code.

ChromeMe Method ( From ChromeMe)

This is similar to above but like the first option, requires a jailbroken device also.

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