How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

Make your favorite browser your computer's first pick

While Apple's Safari is a well-known favorite among Mac users, macOS's default browser is far from the only game in town.

With alternatives like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox available on the platform, along with Opera, Vivaldi, and other browsers, it's not uncommon to have several browsers installed on the same system.

Whenever you initiate an action that causes the operating system to launch a browser application, the default browser opens automatically. If you've never changed this setting in the past, then the default on your Mac is probably Safari.

You can change the default browser in macOS so that a different program opens automatically instead.

Information in this article applies to Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X Yosemite(10.10).

How to Change the Mac's Default Browser

To change the default browser on your Mac, you change some settings in System Preferences. Here's what to do.

  1. Under the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

    Apple menu showing System Preferences option
  2. Select General.

    Mac System Preferences
  3. Choose a new browser from the drop-down menu next to Default Web Browser.

    General preferences on a Mac

    Only the browsers you have downloaded appear in the browser list. If you prefer a different choice, go to the website of the browser and download it to your Mac. Then, it appears on this list.

  4. Close System Preferences to save your changes.