Slack's in-app web browser works well, but does not provide the features and functionality of a dedicated browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Features such as the ability to bookmark a page, search for specific text, or request the desktop site are missing. Thankfully, Slack makes it easy to change your default browser.
Regardless of whether you use Slack on your Android or Apple device, you can easily jump into the app's settings and select a different web browser to open links to Slack. In addition, you can separately change the opening of Twitter links via Slack on iOS: the in-app browser, a third-party browser, or the official Twitter app.
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Changing the Default Slack for Android Slider
On Android, you simply instruct Slack to stop using the built-in browser. You will then be taken over the default browser that you have selected for your phone in general. So open Slack and go to every conversation. At the top right, tap the three-point menu and select Settings.
Go to "Advanced" and deselect the "Web pages in App." to open". Links opened in Slack no longer open in the in-app browser, but in your default web browser.
To change your default web browser, go to your phone's settings. Select "Apps & Notifications," then "Advanced," then "Default Apps." On the next page, tap "Browser app" and then select the browser you want to use to open links. Any browser you have installed is an option here.
Once removed, slack links will open in your favorite browser. Below is a web link that opens in Slack's In-App Browser (left) and Chrome (right).
If you're using an iPhone, open the Slack app and run a conversation. Then tap the three-point menu in the top right corner, and then tap Settings in the sidebar menu that appears.
Now tap Advanced, then Web Browser. Depending on which third-party web browser apps are installed on your device, your choices may vary. Select which web browser you want to use to open links in Slack, and you're done.
If you now tap a link in Slack, it will open in the web browser you selected. Below is the same link that opened in the in-app browser (left) and in a third-party browser (right).
Slack on iOS also offers the option of opening Twitter links independently of the Web browser option to change. Even if you select a third-party web browser to set the web browser, Twitter links open by default in the in-app browser. To change how Twitter links are opened, switch to a Slack call, tap the three-dot menu button in the upper-right corner and choose Settings.
Go to Advanced, and then tap Twitter Links. Depending on which apps you have downloaded to your smartphone, you will see a number of options. You can choose a third-party web browser or, if available, the official Twitter app.
Once you've made your selection, you're done. Twitter links will then open in the folder you select. Below is a Twitter link that opens in the in-app browser (on the left) and in the official Twitter app (on the right).
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