How to Set Default Browser for Wi-Fi/2G/3G and Websites w/ Browser Swap App

January 17, 2012
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Running at optimum condition is any mobile device user’s nirvana. A lagging device or a slow connection is sure to ruin a nice day, or sour some moods, at least. Optimization is key and users are quick to search for ways to save as much bandwidth, memory, or disk space as they can.

It’s time to take control over your browsing experience. The new Browser Swap app enters the Android arena as a refreshing solution to managing your favorite sites and browser preferences. If you’ve always been irked at how you can’t seem to get a handle on your surfing experience, Browser Swap is a clever app that allows you to specify which sites open with which browser–for convenient browsing. For instance, you can set YouTube.com to open with Google Chrome using the site’s desktop version. Or, you can set Firefox as the default browser for Facebook.com in its mobile version.

But, the app’s neatest feature to date is how it allows you to customize browser preferences according to your available connection–be it 2G, 3G, or Wi-Fi. Now who wouldn’t want to make optimum use of bandwidth that way?

Being able to specify if you’d rather use the desktop or mobile version of a particular website can eliminate the hassle of locating the link to use so you can switch between versions. You’ll also no longer need to manually enter the exact URL of the site’s desktop or mobile version. Plus, running sites on multiple browsers is a breeze.

Here’s a quick guide to install and set up Browser Swap on your Android device:

  1. Download Browser Swap from the Android Market. Try the free lite version for 15 days or upgrade to the paid version for only US$2.00.
  2. Upon launching the app, select Set as Default to indicate Browser Swap as your default browser. From the drop-down menu, check Use by default for this action and then select Browser Swap.
  3. The homescreen will then load, showing you options for configuring settings on required connections, preferred sites, and the like. Tap on the 2G, 3G, or Wi-Fi buttons to set which browsers to open your sites in while using that particular connection.
  4. Tap the Configure Sites button on the homescreen to pick specific default browsers for any of your favorite websites. Tap on Add a site to configure the browser button to enter the URL of a specific website and hit Add to save settings. The next time you enter that URL in the Google search bar, that site will automatically open using the browser you have specified for it.
  5. To add or remove a site from your list of configured sites, just tap on the site URL and make any edits as desired. You may also set a specific browser as the default browser for multiple connection types.

Do you find Browser Swap’s features useful for setting a default browser for each connection type? Or, do you use only one browser regardless of connection type?

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