How to Update Your Web Browser on iPhone

Updating your favorite web browser on iPhone ensures that you have access to new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. The updated browser also improves privacy and security while navigating the Internet.

But how do I install the latest updates for the Safari web browser and third-party alternatives like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox?

Read on to learn how to update your web browser to the new version on your iPhone. The same methods below apply to all browsers on iPod touch and iPad running iPadOS.

Update Safari on iPhone

Safari is the default web browser for iPhone. It is fully integrated with iOS (the operating system that powers the iPhone), so updating the system software is the only way to keep it up to date.

Typically, major iOS iterations introduce significant feature updates to Safari, while iOS point updates are geared more toward optimizing the browser.

Importance: Even if you use a third-party browser, installing the latest iOS updates can help improve stability.

Update iOS via the Settings app

The fastest way to update iOS — and thus Safari — involves using the Software Update tool in the Settings app. However, iOS updates don’t work over cellular, so connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi hotspot before you begin.

The only exception is if you use an iOS device that supports 5G — go to Setting > Mobile > Mobile data options and activate Enable more data over 5G to enable system software updates via your 5G mobile plan.

Also, your iPhone must have at least 50% charge remaining. If not, connect it to the charging source below that you started it with.

1. Open Setting apps on iPhone.

2. Scroll down and tap Shared Category.

3. Press Software updates.

4. Wait for your iPhone to scan for the latest system software updates.

5. Press Download and install to update to the latest version of Safari, other available iPhone apps, and system software.

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Note: Starting with iOS 14, you can continue to use the same version of iOS without upgrading to the next major version — i.e. iOS 15. Tap Download and install to continue installing point updates for the current version, or Upgrade to iOS [Version Number] when you’re ready to upgrade to the next iOS version.

Update iOS via iTunes & Finder

Are you having trouble updating your iPhone with a Software Update? Instead, try installing updates via a computer. Install iTunes from the Microsoft Store before you start if you use a PC.

1. Connect iPhone to your computer via USB.

2. Unlock your iOS device and tap Trust. Skip this step if you have connected both devices before.

3. Open seeker (Mac) or iTunes (COMPUTER).

4. Select your iPhone on seeker sidebar or upper left of the iTunes window and select Check for updates.

Check for updates

5. Select Download and update. Then, review the update notes and agree to Apple’s software license terms.

Download and update

6. Wait until Finder or iTunes download and install the update on your iPhone. DO NOT disconnect your iPhone in the meantime.

Download progress bar

Update third-party browsers on iPhone

If you use a third-party internet browser on your iPhone, you must use the App Store to update it to the latest version. You can use your Wi-Fi or mobile data plan to complete the update.

Here’s what you have to do to update the most popular third-party browser for iOS — Google Chrome.

1. Open App Store and press Search in the bottom right pane.

2. Click Search bar and type Google Chrome.

3. Select Google Chrome among the search results.

4. Press Update to update Google Chrome. Don’t forget to press Than Below Version History to read the update notes.

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Alternatively, tap your profile icon at the top right of the window and swipe down the screen to scan for the latest updates for all installed apps. Then, review the list of pending updates and press Update next to your web browser.

Speaking of third-party browsers, did you know that you can ditch Safari and use Chrome or Firefox as your iPhone’s default browser?

Set up automatic updates on iPhone

If manually updating Safari or your third-party browser feels like a drag, you can choose to set up automatic updates so that your iPhone automatically updates your iOS or App Store apps. The update will then happen while the device is charging and connected to Wi-Fi, but you can also choose to install updates manually.

Set up automatic iOS updates

1. Open Setting app and go to Shared > Software updates.

2. Press Automatic update.

3. Turn on the side switches Download iOS update and Install iOS update.

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Set up automatic app updates

1. Open Setting application.

2. Scroll down and tap App Store.

3. Under Automatic download turn on the side switch Update app.

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Your browser is now up to date

Using an updated web browser gives you a faster, smoother, and safer experience when interacting with websites on your iPhone. If you don’t like manual updates, set your iPhone to automatically update all third-party apps.

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