Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Change the Default Browser in macOS Make your favorite browser your computer's first pick Share Pin Email Print Sebastian Leesch / EyeEm / Getty Images Apple Macs iPad By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated December 07, 2019 21 21 people found this article helpful 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. Under the Apple menu, select System Preferences. Click General. Choose a new browser from the dropdown menu next to Default Web Browser. Close System Preferences. Your changes save automatically.