The line between mobile phones and full-fledged computers is becoming blurred more and more every day. With newer phones in 2013 you can typically change your default browser, allowing you to surf the Internet with your preferred browser of choice. This is the case for most smart phones like the Apple iPhone and Android-based phones. Note that not all cell phones will give you the ability to change the browser; this is a restriction set by the phone’s manufacturer and operating system. Depending on your phone, you can replace your default browser in one of two ways.
1. Open the marketplace on your mobile phone.
2. Go to the search function and type in the word “browser,” then click the search button or icon.
3. Browse the results and install the browser you prefer. Depending on the type of device, the marketplace may have a limited number of browser applications available.
4. Agree to any prompt that asks you if you want to replace the default browser with the newly installed application.
5. Open your existing browser and navigate to a mobile browser’s website. For example, Opera lets you download two types of browsers, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile (see Resources).
6. Download the browser application directly to your phone.
7. Click or choose the downloaded file from your phone. Most likely the application will go through a short installation process.
8. Launch the new browser and agree to any prompts asking you to replace it as the default browser.