Open Sites In Chrome From Safari Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Open Sites In Chrome From Safari Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of the mobile version of Chrome on my iPhone and iPad. I use Chrome for Mac almost exclusively, and having all my bookmarks and browsing history available to me on the go is really the killer feature.

Alex has already shown you how to set Chrome as the default browser if you have a jailbroken iOS device, but what about those of you (like me) who don’t want the hassle of a jailbreak? How can we quickly hop over to Chrome on our iPhone? Turns out, it’s pretty easy.

Over on Jon Abrams’ Tumblr, he has provided a bit of javascript that you can use to create a bookmark in Safari that will pop you over to Chrome, should you want to. Yeah, it’s not a default browser, but it’s way better than what I have been doing, which is tapping into the URL bar in mobile Safari, choosing Select All, then Copy, then navigating to Chrome, and pasting the URL into Chrome’s address bar. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s what you can do to make your own Safari to Chrome bookmark.

First, copy the following bit of code from Abrams’ site into mobile Safari.

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

Then bookmark this page, Abrams’ page, or any page, really. Then open Safari’s bookmarks from the little book icon in the upper left of the Safari screen. Tap Edit, then the bookmark you want to become your new “Open in Chrome” bookmark.

Rename it to, oh, I dunno, “Open In Chrome” or something similar, and paste the bit of code you copied into the area where the URL is. Tap out of the Edit Bookmark drop down and you’re ready to go.

Now all you need to do when you’re sent to Safari by default, via a link on Twitter or in an email, is to tap this bookmark, and you’ll go right to Chrome instead. Slick, huh?

  • Darla Mack

    Brilliant!!! Thx for this!!! I’d rather use Chrome and without jail breaking my phone.

  • Ed_Kel

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the argument of why it matters what browser is used as default.. When someone can explain to me why without using the typical “because I SHOULD be able to” and “we’re slaves to Apple” then maybe I’ll revisit this article.

  • Darla Mack

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the argument of why it matters what browser is used as default.. When someone can explain to me why without using the typical “because I SHOULD be able to” and “we’re slaves to Apple” then maybe I’ll revisit this article.

    Ed, I think it’s all about options. Just like on our computers, having the option of using a different browser is a consumer plus. Some think Chrome is better than Safari and vice versa. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

  • Ed_Kel
    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the argument of why it matters what browser is used as default.. When someone can explain to me why without using the typical “because I SHOULD be able to” and “we’re slaves to Apple” then maybe I’ll revisit this article.

    Ed, I think it’s all about options. Just like on our computers, having the option of using a different browser is a consumer plus. Some think Chrome is better than Safari and vice versa. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

    I agree to an extent. My point, though I didn’t make it in my previous comment, is that this site is “CULT of Mac” and yet it seems that every article is about finding ways around Apple’s control of their ecosystem. It’s selling out in its crudest form IMO…

    And still, the only arguments that are made are the one you just made. That’s not why we come here, or at least CoM’s most loyal (and long-term) readership. You can’t convince your reader’s that you are better than any other Mac site when all you do is undermine them, ya dig?

  • Rob LeFebvre

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the argument of why it matters what browser is used as default.. When someone can explain to me why without using the typical “because I SHOULD be able to” and “we’re slaves to Apple” then maybe I’ll revisit this article.

    Hey, Ed,

    Basically, it comes down to how your iOS device handles URLs in other apps, like Mail or Twitter, or Calendar. When I click on a link in Mail, for example, I am taken to the default browser for the device, namely, Safari.

    But what if I like Chrome better? What if I have bookmarks or other things in there, or other features that I find to be superior to Safari. I’d like to be able to tell my whole system, just like on the Mac, “please use the browser I specify to open all the random URLs I click.”

    As of this moment, without jailbreaking, I can’t. For me, it’s not about the principle of the matter, but rather a functional reason – I like Chrome better, and would love to be able to go right to it.

    Does that help?

  • Rob LeFebvre

    And still, the only arguments that are made are the one you just made. That’s not why we come here, or at least CoM’s most loyal (and long-term) readership. You can’t convince your reader’s that you are better than any other Mac site when all you do is undermine them, ya dig?

    I still use an iPhone, and a Mac, every day. I buy Apple products, but don’t feel I need to only use, say, Safari on the Mac. Just like I don’t need to only use Pages, instead of Microsoft Word. The software I put on my devices is my choice.

    In my opinion, covering the entirety of the Mac/Apple experience is what Cult of Mac does so well. And many Mac/Apple users use software from other companies.

  • sigboe

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the argument of why it matters what browser is used as default.. When someone can explain to me why without using the typical “because I SHOULD be able to” and “we’re slaves to Apple” then maybe I’ll revisit this article.

    Okay, Chrome for iOS vs Mobile Safari could be discussed far and wide, but i just don’t need this to simply rip apart your argument. If you want to use Chrome for iOS instead of Mobile Safari full time, then setting Chrome for iOS as default browser is better than sex. If you don’t want to use Chrome for iOS, then you simply don’t need this at all.

    The second one about Cult of Mac and Jailbreak, Jailbreak topics are clearly marked with [Jailbreak] and if you want to avoid them just scroll. For us who like Apple products and software, but simply want root access to our devices, It is super that CoM accommodates for us without intruding on you. It seams almost as if you want to rob us of this pleasure, if so you are cynical and you are trying to rob CoM of freedom of press, if not you have gotten your answer.

    To sum it up, If you just don’t care to use Googles web browser over Apple’s, then why do you care about the topic you started about browserchanger? If you just don’t care about jailbreaking, why do you want to rob CoM (apple fans) of their usage of their devices?

  • clifton_D

    Works a treat, now a short cut in my bookmarks bar so I now have a choice….many thanks !

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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