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This new iPhone trick in iOS 14 finally releases Apple’s iron grip on two apps

A simple but long-awaited feature comes to the iPhone and iPad — we’ll show you how to use it.

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Apple is giving iPhone and iPad owners more control over what’s on their screen and the apps they want to work with most. With the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can now put widgets on the homescreen, and there’s even an app drawer. But also notably, you can fully ditch Apple’s Mail and Safari apps by selecting another app as your default inbox or browser.

It’s a big step for iPhone ( ) and iPad ( ) users, and one that was sorely overdue.

The process to change over your default mail and browser app is really simple, but also somewhat hidden. Apple doesn’t make it as easy as Android, where there’s a dedicated section for setting default apps. You have to know where to look, and below, we’ll show you where that is.

Before we begin, you should know there’s a bug in iOS 14

Apple is aware of a bug in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that resets your default selections to Apple’s own apps whenever you restart your iPhone or iPad. The company told CNET in a statement that the issue would be fixed in a future update, but for now, that means whenever you restart your device, you’ll need to go through the steps outlined below to set…

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