How to Change the Default Browser in macOS

Make your favorite browser your computer's first pick

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

Whenever an action is taken that causes the operating system to launch a browser application, like opening a URL shortcut, the default option is automatically called. If you've never changed this setting in the past, then the default is probably still Safari.

Below are instructions on how to change the default browser in macOS so that a different program will open automatically.

Instructions in this article apply to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and later.

How to Change the Mac's Default Browser

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

  1. Under the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

    Mac desktop with the System Preferences command highlighted
  2. Click General.

    System Preferences on a Mac with the General section highlighted
  3. Choose a new browser from the dropdown menu next to Default Web Browser.

    General settings on a Mac with the Default Web Browser section highlighted
  4. Close System Preferences. Your changes save automatically.