How to Automatically Open Links in Chrome on iPhone and iPad

IPhone user opening a link in ChromeKhamosh Pathak

Apple does not allow you to change the default browser on your iPhone or iPad. If you tap a link, it will open in the Safari app. Instead of copying and pasting, use this shortcut to automatically open links in Chrome.

If you don’t know, Shortcuts is the integrated automation tool available on iPhone and iPad (available on iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and above). Don’t let the word automation scare you. You do not need to create automation yourself. You can use automation shortcuts created by someone else, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.

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We will use the “Open in Chrome” shortcut. But since it’s not available in the shortcut gallery, you’ll need to download and add it first. To do this, you will need to activate the “Unapproved shortcuts” function. Apple blocks shortcuts downloaded from the Internet by default for privacy reasons.

To activate Unreliable shortcut function, open the “Settings” application on your iPhone or iPad, then go to the “Shortcuts” section. Here, tap the toggle next to the “Allow unapproved shortcuts” option.

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Tap toggle next to Allow unapproved shortcuts

In the pop-up window, press the “Allow” button and enter the passcode for your device’s lock screen to confirm.

Tap Allow to allow unreliable shortcuts to run on your device

We can now be about to install the shortcut.

First, open the Open in Chrome iCloud link of the shortcut in Safari. Once the page is loaded, press the “Get a shortcut” button.

Tap Get Shortcut

This will open the shortcut in the “Shortcuts” application. Swipe down and press the “Add unapproved shortcut” button.

Tap Add unapproved shortcut

You will see that the shortcut will be added to the end of your library. There is nothing left to do in the Shortcuts app.

To see the shortcut in action, open an app or page (like Twitter), then long-press a link you want to open in Chrome.

Press and hold on a link you want to open in Chrome

Then press the “Share” button in the context menu.

Tap the Share button

If you’re already on the Safari page you want to open in Chrome, tap the Share button on the bottom toolbar.

Press the Share button on Safari on iPhone

Now swipe up in the Share the sheet and scroll down the applications section. In the Actions section, press the “Open in Chrome” shortcut we just added.

Tap Open in Chrome from the share sheet

When you select the button, you will see the shortcuts user interface for a fraction of a second, and then the page will load in Google Chrome.

Same link open in Chrome on iPhone

Want to explore the shortcuts even further? Here’s how to set up a shortcut to quickly open a Settings page on your iPhone and iPad and here’s how to create real automation that fire at a certain time or when you open an application.

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