How to Set Default Browser on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Setting the Default Browser on Mac

If you’re a Mac user, you may have different browsers installed on your system. While Safari comes pre-installed, you might prefer using a different browser like Chrome or Firefox. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of setting your preferred browser as the default on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can access System Preferences from the Dock or Launchpad.

Step 2: Open General Preferences

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “General” icon. This will open up a new panel with several customization options.

Step 3: Choose Your Preferred Browser

In the General preferences panel, you’ll find an option labeled “Default web browser”. Click on the dropdown menu next to it to see a list of all installed browsers on your Mac.

  • Safari: The default browser that comes pre-installed with macOS.
  • Chrome: A popular browser developed by Google.
  • Firefox: A widely-used open-source browser.
  • Opera: A feature-rich browser known for its speed and security.

Select your preferred browser from the list by clicking on it. For this tutorial, let’s say we want to set Chrome as our default browser.


If your desired browser is not listed in the dropdown menu, make sure it is properly installed on your Mac before proceeding further.

Step 4: Confirm Your Selection

After selecting your preferred browser, close the General preferences panel. Your new default browser setting will be saved automatically.

Step 5: Test Your Default Browser

Now that you have set your default browser, it’s a good idea to test if the changes have taken effect. Open any hyperlink from a text document or click on a link within an application to see if it opens in your newly selected default browser.


If the link still opens in a different browser, you may need to restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.


By following these simple steps, you can easily set your preferred browser as the default on your Mac. Whether you choose Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or any other supported browser, having control over your default browsing experience can greatly enhance your productivity and overall user experience.

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