How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

Make your favorite browser your computer's first pick

Apple Safari is the macOS default browser. With alternatives like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox available on the platform, along with Opera, Vivaldi, and other browsers, it's common to have several browsers installed on the same system.

When you initiate an action that causes the operating system to launch a browser application, the default browser opens. If you haven't changed this setting, the default on your Mac is probably Safari. You can change the default browser in macOS so that a different browser opens.

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, 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. Select the Default Web Browser drop-down menu and choose a new browser.

    General preferences on a Mac

    The browser list displays only the browsers installed on your Mac. If your choice isn't on this list, go to the browser's website and download it to your Mac.

  4. Close System Preferences to save your changes.