Bug in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, automatically changes settings for default apps after every reboot

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 allows its users to change the default apps for browser and mail. Users can now set third-party apps as a default against Safari and Apple Mail app, but a bug came out after setting the default app. The default app settings automatically revert when the user reboots their device.

Various users reported the issue and complained about it on various social media platforms. Apple also confirms the bug via its statement and said to fix it through a software update later.

“We are aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and ‌iPadOS 14‌. A fix will be available to users in a software update, Apple said in a statement.”


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If you have changed the settings for default apps, you must avoid shutting down or rebooting your device to keep changes. If not then you have to change the settings every time you reboot your device, until Apple fixes the issue.

If users don’t want to use Safari and Apple’s native Mail app as default they can choose other third-party options. Currently, users get Chrome, Edge, DuckDuckGo, and Firefox as other options to set as default browser app against safari while Spark and Microsoft edge can be set against the Mail app.

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