The latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 13, is a software polished and quite simple to use, with a wide range of well-integrated applications that do a great job most of the time. But that does not imply that you prefer to use other Apps.
Try to name any Apple application that comes preinstalled on iOS and we will show you that there are alternatives created by an external developer for each of them, some of which, you may find more useful.
And is that Calendar is fine, but Fantastical (which recently changed to a subscription model) is better. Mail with Mail is fine, but you will surely get more with Gmail or Spark, where you can unify different mail servers.
Many of us prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps, although the latter has been updated in recent months. And Safari offers many advantages over its rivals, such as web page reading mode, but it may not be your option desktop.
One of the reasons why many users do not make the change is because Apple's own applications are set as default. This means that when you click on a web link, it will open in Safari;
Similarly, when you click on an email address, it will be displayed in Maps and not in Google Maps. It is difficult to change this behavior, but in this tutorial, we explore the best ways to use alternative applications on your iPhone.
Change the default applications by doing jailbreak
To be able to change the applications that are predetermined in iOS and that you can open web links, calendar invitations or street addresses in other different programs, you must unlock your iPhone or apply jailbreak
To do this, you must install specific applications to enable each customization. There are currently three Apps that are worth trying, and we will detail below:
- BrowserChooser allows you to choose a default web browser other than Safari. You will find instructions on how to install this application in iPhoneHacks.
- MapsOpener allows you to configure Google Maps as your default map application, instead of Maps.
- Mail ClientDefault10 It's what you need to change Mail as the default email address; Gmail is an obvious option, but it is also compatible with Inbox, Outlook and Spark.
So, make a search in Cydia of the name of the chosen third-party application and it is very likely that you will find a solution for phones with jailbreak.
However, we must warn iPhone users with less experience that Apple does not officially approve the jailbreak on your device and can void the warranty for not using applications from official sources, or exposing your device to malware
Change default applications in Settings
Assuming you don't want to do jailbreak To your iPhone, you can choose to make a non-Apple application the default in some areas described above. We explain how to do it.
The example, the most obvious is the case of the web browser. Let's say you want Chrome to be default instead of Safari, which is not possible without jailbreak. But while iOS itself does not allow you to specify an alternate default browser, some applications will.
If you use Flipboard, click on the profile cone (the right cone on the bottom bar) and then press the Settings icon. Tap on Browser and then select an alternative. At least from this application, Chrome can open web links.
In Gmail, touch the three horizontal line cone located in the upper left corner, scroll down and touch Settings> Default applications. You can select the associated web browser, map application and calendar.
The same options can be found in the settings of other Google applications, such as Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Photos and Translation. You will only have to search and locate the option called Default Applications.
Select a different application manually
After making your way through the application settings, you may still find some gaps: applications that refuse to allow you to change the default browser and continue to use Safari.
Try to find the best approach, such as pressing and holding a link instead of pressing and releasing in order to define yourself with what you want to open the option.
In the iOS Twitter application, for example, by touching and holding a web link, a mini preview of the page appears. Then you can tap the share icon at the bottom and tap on ms to finally press Open in Chrome.
In WhatsApp, for example, everything is much simpler, since when you press and hold a web link, a menu appears with Open link (associated with Safari), or, Open in Chrome below. This has no major complications.
What happens with the removal of the original application?
Apple allows you to remove some applications pre-installed by default on iOS, by touching and holding the icon until it starts shaking. Then click on the X to confirm the deletion. But we couldn't make iOS have the default option.
We tested this process with Apple Maps and then manually typing a street address in Notes. This is automatically transformed into a URL link. If you click on it, it will not take you to Google Maps, but will give you the option to restore Apple Maps.
This confirms, at least in iOS version 13, that many of Apple's most important applications, including Safari, Photos, Camera and Phone, cannot be removed in any way.
It is worth changing the default applications
If you are a lover of jailbreak, or are you willing to turn your iPhone into an unlocked device with this mode, then s.
But if the jailbreak does not go with you for all the associated risks, in addition to the warranty loss, you must decide if the benefits of using a non-Apple application are sufficient to carry out this practice with your risks.
If you are a fan of FantasticalFor example, and you think that it exceeds Calendar in every way, then it is probably worth checking the settings in your other applications and trying to make it the default calendar application.
Once we have weighed the pros and cons, our expert iOS device journalist recommends that we continue to use the default iPhone applications instead of alternatives for various factors.
There are logically exceptions, as is the case with Google Maps well above Apple Maps; If a web page sends us to Apple Maps, we will support it. But it is a decision that you should make for yourself, with the incentive that your Apple Watch only synchronizes with the proprietary app.
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