As one of the most sophisticated computers in the market, Apple often has the best Apps available for use. Your Mac is just the same, and most of the inbuilt apps are designed to run flawlessly on your Mac as it is a custom fit to the Mac OS. While talking about browsers, Mac OS come with their inbuilt browser Safari, which is pretty smooth to use and does fulfil all your web browsing needs adequately. For any reason, you may want to use another browser instead of Safari. The reasons may differ, for people migrating from windows may want to stick with the browser that they were using previously. Others who spent most of their time on Google apps like docs or sheets may feel like these apps are more compatible with Chrome. Whatever your need might be, let us discuss How to Change the Default Browser on Mac.
What is a Default Browser
Well, to put it simply, your default browser is your primary browser that your system turns to when in need to open a link. It means, whenever your Mac wants to open a link, it will open with your default browser.
How to Change the Default Browser on Mac
There are multiple ways in which you can change your default browser. The first method is by using the System Preferences option. The other way is changing it using your browser itself. The first method is the same regardless of whichever browser you want to make default. The second way may vary a tiny bit depending on your choice of browser.
Change the Default Browser on Mac using System Preferences
1. Click the Apple icon from the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences in the drop-down menu.
2. From the System Preferences window, you need to click on the General option.
3. On the General page, click the drop-down arrow next to the Default Web Browser option.
4. The drop-down list will display all the browsers installed on your Mac. Pick the browser of your choice and close the window.
That’s it, and you have successfully changed your default browser. Now, whenever you click on the link, your Mac will automatically open it with your new default browser.
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Change your Default Browser on Mac using Browser Settings [Alternative Way]
As aforementioned, this method may vary slightly depending on your choice of browser. However, it is impossible to go through the methods for the different browsers available for Mac. We will be using the most popular browser Google Chrome as an example, so you get the gist of it.
1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac.
2. Click the Chrome menu on the top of the screen right next to the Apple Menu. Then, choose Preferences from the drop-down menu.
3. In the Preferences window, scroll down to the Default Browser section and click on the Make default button.
4. A confirmation message pops up asking whether you want to make Chrome your default browser or do you want to keep using your old browser. Click on Use Chrome to confirm your choice.
5. That’s the second way to do it. With this, your settings have been saved, and you can use Chrome as your default browser from henceforth.
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That’s it, folks. That is how you can change your default browser on Mac. If you are not familiar with your new browser’s settings, just stick to the first method as the process is the same regardless of your browser choice. Otherwise, then you can do it whichever way suits you. For more cool tips and tricks on your Apple devices, check out our blog.