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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS iOS devices
With the arrival of Google's Chrome web browser on iOS, many are finding this to be a better tool than Safari. Developer Jon Abrams posted a nifty trick to easily open a web page in Chrome. Since iOS doesn't allow you to choose which browser will open links, Safari takes over every time you tap on one. But you can create a bookmarklet for Safari to open the current page in Chrome.

To do this, do the following:
  1. Copy this bit of code: javascript:location.href="googlechrome"+location.href.substring(4);.
  2. Bookmark this or any web page.
  3. Open Safari's bookmarks, tap on “edit,” and edit the new bookmark.
  4. Rename it to “Open in Chrome” or whatever name you wist.
  5. Delete the bookmark's URL in the bookmark and paste in the above code in its place.
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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: mankoff on Jul 02, '12 07:54:50AM

Or just jailbreak and install BrowserChooser.

Seriously, someone needs to start the class action / monopoly lawsuit against Apple over this. This is no different than Windows bundling Explorer.

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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: fmaxwell on Jul 02, '12 10:21:12AM
Seriously, someone needs to start the class action / monopoly lawsuit against Apple over this. This is no different than Windows bundling Explorer.
There are tablets by many vendors; if you had a problem with Apple's bundling of Safari, then buying the iPad was a bad choice.

The issue central to the Microsoft case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle Internet Explorer (IE) with Windows. Bundling them together is alleged to have been responsible for Microsoft's victory in the browser wars as every Windows user had a copy of Internet Explorer. It was further alleged that this restricted the market for competing web browsers (such as Netscape Navigator or Opera) that were slow to download over a modem or had to be purchased at a store. The judge, in his ruling, stated that Microsoft's dominance of the personal computer operating systems market constituted a monopoly, and that Microsoft had taken actions to crush threats to that monopoly, including Apple, Java, Netscape, Lotus Notes, Real Networks, Linux, and others.

I hardly think that you could argue that Apple has a monopoly on tablet and smartphone operating systems. Apple is making the competing browsers available for free download at their App Store, I think that's a little different than having to surf the web on a dial-up connection, locate a browser, and spend a great deal of time downloading it. Therefore, this is very different.

Edited on Jul 02, '12 10:31:19AM by fmaxwell


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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 02, '12 02:08:14PM

Alternative browsers are available, but they're suffer for not being integrated or we wouldn't have seen this hint. Every link you open takes you to Safari, even if you explicitly install a third party alternative. Also, you can't remove Safari. It is anti-competitive.

To roll out the time-honored car analogy, this is like being unable to remove the OEM radio when you buy one that suits your purpose better; and having to tune your aftermarket radio through the controls of the OEM radio.



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 30, '13 09:34:43PM

No, the car analogy would be that every Chevy comes bundled with a Chevy engine. Can you put a Ford engine in? Not easily.

Or... that every iPhone comes bundled with iOS. Can you run Android on it? Can you run iOS on an Android phone? Can you run Safari on an Android?

See how it gets stupid in this case?

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Easily open web pages in *Grazing* on iOS
Authored by: mdwittenberg on Jul 02, '12 08:53:49AM

For users of the Grazing browser, simply replace "googlechrome" with "grazing"

And thumbs up to mankoff



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: JimAkin on Jul 02, '12 09:09:09AM

It could be a quirk of my setup, but when I try to select the code snippet for copying within Chrome for iOS, I can only select the entire paragraph in which it appears. (Tap-selection of words, sentences, etc. works as expected in other paragraphs.)

I found a handy workaround that may have broader usefulness: After creating the bookmarklet in the OS X version of Chrome, I dragged it to the (new?) Mobile Bookmarks folder in the Bookmark Manager, and it became available in Chrome for iOS.

Cheers,

Jim

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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: macmarty on Jul 02, '12 09:54:20AM

That worked for me. Does anybody know how to make the same thing happing under OS X to open a Safari page in Chrome by just clicking on a link? I would like to remove Flash from Safari since that is still the biggest pain in the rear.



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: designr on Jul 02, '12 11:28:19PM

Get ClickToFlash

http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: Hozman on Jul 03, '12 07:07:44AM

You can do the same in Mac OSX by downloading 'open in Chrome' safari extension from http://reubenbijl.com/



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: macmarty on Jul 03, '12 09:19:01AM

Great. Thanks that works just fine.

Marty



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: Luke_MacWalker on Jul 13, '12 06:51:09AM

On Mac OS X:
- Why not simply using the button "Define Chrome as primary browser" in Chrome preferences?
- Why not choosing Chrome in the popup menu in Safari Preferences > General ?
No need for extra software...



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: ebernet on Jul 02, '12 10:49:02AM

What would be the point of pasting this into/having it in the bookmarks for Chrome? The whole idea is to use it in Safari to open pages in Chrome. When in Chrome, you are already in Chrome…



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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: xyglyx on Jul 02, '12 11:40:06AM
The provided bookmarklet will fail on https pages. This one will work on both secure and non-secure pages:

javascript:location.href%3Dlocation.href.replace(%2Fhttps%3F%2F%2C'googlechrome')

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Easily open web pages in Chrome on iOS
Authored by: Hozman on Jul 03, '12 05:42:29AM

You can do the same in Mac OSX by downloading 'open in Chrome' safari extension from http://reubenbijl.com/



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