How to Change the Default Web Browser on Mac: 2 Ways Explained

Follow this simple guide to quickly change the default browser on your Mac in macOS Catalina. Default browser is the app that opens when you click a link. Here’s how to set it.
How to Change the Default Web Browser on Mac

Mac’s default web browser Safari comes loaded with ‘n’ number of security and privacy features. However, some of us might be in love with the interface or have a personal preference for a third party browser. While Mac allows you not just to install it on your device, it also lets you change the default web browser of your choice. If you are willing to do the same, here are a few ways to set the default browser of your choice on Mac.

What is a Default Web browser?

The default web browser on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or any device means that when you click on a link from other apps, it will straight up open in that browser only. Macs come pre-installed with Safari as the default option. However, if you prefer alternatives like Chrome, Edge, or Firefox, you can easily switch to them.

How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon located at the top left corner on Mac.
  2. Then, Click on ‘System Preferences.’click on apple logo and select system preferences on mac
  3. Select ‘General’ from the window that follows.click on general in system preferences on mac
  4. Click on ‘Default Web Browser.’ From the drop-down, select the browser you wish to keep the default.Click on Default Web Browser and Select Browser in General on Mac

Note: Let’s suppose you wish to make Chrome your default browser.

How to Set the Default Browser on Mac from Browser Settings

  1. Open Chrome on your Mac.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots located at the top right corner, next to the address bar.Click on Three Dots in Chrome on Mac
  3. Click on Settings.Click on Settings in Google Chrome on Mac
  4. Then, click on ‘Default Browser.’Click on Default Browser in Chrome Settings on Mac
  5. In the following window, click on ‘Make Default.’Click on Make Default Browser in Chrome Settings
  6. You’ll notice a popup window asking to confirm. Click on ‘Use Chrome.’Click on Use Chrome to Change Default Browser on Mac Through Browser's Settings

Wasn’t That Quick to Change Default Browser on Mac?

Even though Apple allowed its users to set a third-party browser as default on its devices, I would personally suggest you to use Safari considering its security and privacy features. However, if you still find some other browser-friendly, the mentioned steps should help you find a way through.

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