How to Change the Default Web Browser on Mac

  Matt Cone       February 12, 2021      Tutorials Mac Internet


All new Macs are set to use the Safari web browser by default. If you’d prefer to use Chrome or Firefox as your default web browser, you can change the default web browser on your Mac in a few easy steps. Setting the default web browser tells your Mac which web browser to open when you click links in other applications, like the Mail or Calendar application.

Safari web browser icon

Here’s how to change the default web browser on your Mac:

  1. Make sure you’ve installed whatever web browser you want to set as the default. It needs to be in the Applications folder.

  2. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  3. Click General. The window shown below appears.

    Change the default web browser on your Mac

  4. From the Default web browser menu, select whatever web browser you want to set as default.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed the default web browser on your Mac. Now when you click links in other applications, your Mac will open them using the default web browser you specified.

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