How to Change the Default Browser on a Mac Computer

Change default browser on Mac Google Chrome

Google chrome is one of the top-notch browsers and highly customisable which makes it more preferable; however, you might sometimes want to make it a default browser on your Mac computer to avoid clicking links redirecting on Safari browser. On Windows computers, it is easy to set the default browser and so it is on Mac; here, we discuss a few effective and fast methods to change the default browser on Mac from Safari to Google Chrome or any other browser.

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Google Chrome is one of the most advanced and friendly browsers featuring thousands of extensions and application support.

Change Default Browser on Mac from Safari to Google Chrome

Safari is a great browser for surfing but not all the time the best browser for productivity; there are a lot of downsides such as limited extension features, multiple accounts, and syncing. In such a case, you can always set the default browser to Google Chrome on your Mac computer and redirect any incoming links to a fully functional third-party browser such as Google Chrome. Likewise, you may have accidentally set up a third-party browser as the default web browser and now want to revert to safari; we shall cover it too.

I kept chrome as my default browser unknowingly during the installation. Now every time I click on any link, I am redirected to the chrome browser. I want to switch back to Safari. Any help?

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In this guide, you will learn how to change the default browser on Mac from safari to Google Chrome and vice versa.

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1. Using the System Preferences

System preference is one of the best methods to change your Mac computer settings such as default browser, theme, accent colours and more.

  1. Click on the  apple icon on the Mac menu bar and select the “System preferences” menu.

    Change Default Browser on Mac Computer

  2. Click on the “General” option from the available menu.
  3. You will now find an option to change the default web browser on Mac computer; click and select from the available web browsers to choose a default web browser.

    Change default browser on Mac to Google Chrome
  4. Now the default web browser is changed on your Mac device.

That’s it. This is how you can change the default browser on the Mac computer from Safari to Google Chrome or any other browser.

Note: To change the default browser on the Mac computer, you first need to have it installed.

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2. Changing Default Browser on Mac Using the Browser

You can also set the default web browser on a mac using the browser itself. There are several browsers and each browser has its method to set it as the default web browser.

For Google Chrome, follow the steps below –

  1. Open the Chrome web browser on your mac device.
  2. Click on the three-dot menu on the right and select settings from the menu.

    chrome browser as default on macbook

  3. Scroll down the “You and Google” menu and you can find the option “default web browser“.

    default chrome browser

  4. Tap on “Make Default” and now chrome is set as the default web browser on your mac device.

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Frequently Asked Questions [faqs]

How can I make Google Chrome as my default chrome browser?

To make Google Chrome as your default browser, open the “settings” menu and scroll down to find “change to default browser” and make the change.

How to set Safari as the default browser on Mac computer?

Go to the system preferences and navigate to the “General” option and then set the “default browser” to “Safari” browser.

I cannot find change default browser option in Safari

There is no change the default browser option on Safari; instead, you can set it as a default browser using the system preferences.

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Conclusion | Change the Default Browser on Mac

These are the most efficient ways to change the default browser on Mac computers; the first method fits perfect with any browser and not only the Google Chrome and the second method is more specific to the Chrome browser.

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