How to Set Chrome as Default Browser on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Setting Chrome as the default browser on a Mac is a straightforward process that ensures all web links and HTML files open in Chrome by default. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to set Chrome as your default browser on macOS.

Step 1: Download and Install Chrome

Before setting Chrome as your default browser, make sure you have it installed on your Mac. If not, head over to the official Google Chrome website and download the latest version of Chrome for macOS.

Once downloaded, double-click the installer package and follow the on-screen instructions to install Chrome on your Mac.

Step 2: Open System Preferences

To set Chrome as the default browser, we need to access the System Preferences on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Choose Default Browser

Within System Preferences, locate and click on “General.” In the General preferences window, you will find an option labeled “Default web browser.”

Click on the dropdown menu next to it.

List of Available Browsers:

  • Safari: The default browser that comes with macOS.
  • Chrome: The popular web browser developed by Google.
  • Firefox: An open-source web browser known for its privacy features.
  • Opera: A feature-rich web browser with a built-in ad blocker.

Step 4: Select Google Chrome

From the dropdown menu, select Google Chrome. Once selected, the General preferences window will automatically close, and Chrome will be set as your default browser.

Step 5: Verify the Change

To ensure that Chrome is set as your default browser, open any web link or HTML file. It should now automatically launch in Google Chrome instead of Safari or any other browser installed on your Mac.


Congratulations! You have successfully set Google Chrome as your default browser on macOS.

Now you can enjoy browsing the web with all the features and benefits that Chrome has to offer.

Remember that you can always change your default browser by following these steps again and selecting a different browser from the dropdown menu in System Preferences. Enjoy your browsing experience with Chrome!

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