Mac OS X is one of the most advanced operating systems in the world, renowned for its user-friendliness and clutter-free setup. There was one very little irritant in the past versions of OS X with respect to the default browser setting. Previous versions of Mac OS X had Safari set as the default browser right from the outset. To change this setting and make another browser as the default one, you needed to launch Safari and set it there. Third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox bundled the “set default browser” setting with their browsers. Ultimately, you had to open a browser to alter this setting.

Fortunately, the latest OS X version Yosemite changes this. Yosemite comes with the default browser choice as an OS-level setting. In Yosemite, you will find that the system’s default browser setting is placed in the System Preferences pane and not within the Safari browser.

Change Default Web Browser in Mac OS X Yosemite

How to Change Default Web Browser in Mac OS X Yosemite

Step #1. Launch System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #2. Click on the General icon.

Click on General from System Prefences

Step #3. In the General settings window navigate to the Default web browser drop-down menu.

Default web browser drop-down menu in Mac OS X Yosemite

Step #4. From the default web browser drop-down simply select another browser to switch from the default Safari browser.

Change Default Browser in Mac OS X Yosemite

Step #5. Once you select your desired browser from the installed options, it’s immediately set as the default one.