How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

Posted in How To, macOS on 05/04/2017 by Chris Hauk

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While the default browser for macOS is the quite capable Safari browser, many users prefer Chrome, Firefox, or even Opera as their default go-to browser. Here’s how to quickly set which browser will be your default.

How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

Note: This how-to assumes you have more than one browser installed on your Mac. (DUH!)

  1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of your Mac’s Desktop.How to Change the Default Browser in macOS
  2. Click the “System Preferences…” option from the pull-down menu that appears.
  3. Click the “General” icon in the System Preferences window.
    How to Change the Default Browser in macOS
  4. A little more than halfway down the General window, you’ll see the “Default web browser” option. Click the pull-down menu next to the label.
    How to Change the Default Browser in macOS
  5. Click the name of the browser you wish to set as your default browser.
  6. Close the General window.

Now, whenever you click a URL in an email or other document, it will automatically load in your selected browser. Whenever you decide to try out a different browser as your default browser, simply follow the steps above and quickly change the default.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.