How to Install Chrome for Mac

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Every Mac comes with Apple's Safari web browser installed on it, and lots of people use it, but Safari is far from the only browser you can use on a Mac. While Safari has strengths and benefits, some people prefer to use Google Chrome on their Mac.

The Benefits of Using Google Chrome on a Mac

Some of the most common and compelling reasons people prefer to use Chrome include:

  • Chrome ties into the Google ecosystem: You can sign in to your Google account using Chrome and gain access to all your Google services and data stored in your Google account, right there in your browser. If you're a heavy user of Google services, Chrome is the simplest and best-integrated way to access them.
  • Chrome is highly compatible: Although it doesn't happen much these days, there are still instances in which a site won't load properly or function correctly in Safari. In those situations, you might have better luck with Chrome.
  • Chrome is available on many platforms: Because it comes from Apple, Safari is available only on Macs and iOS devices (it comes installed on the iPhone and iPad, too). Apple used to offer Safari for Windows, but discontinued that version in 2012. Chrome, on the other hand, runs everywhere: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, and more.
  • Chrome has a massive library of extensions: You can expand the functionality of your browser by installing extensions. Safari supports extensions, too, but Chrome has a much bigger selection. With over 10,000 extensions available for Chrome, you can add on a huge array of features, from ad blocking to web developer tools and beyond.

How to Download and Install Chrome for Mac

Convinced that you want to try Chrome on your Mac? Getting and installing it is simple and free. Just follow these steps.

  1. Begin by going to the download page for Chrome on the Mac you want to install it on. (Ironically, you probably have to use Safari to go to this page.) The site detects that you're using a Mac and automatically suggests the right version for you.

  2. Click Download Chrome for Mac.

    Google download web page
  3. The installer program for Chrome downloads to your designated Downloads folder. Open the Downloads folder and double-click the file called googlechrome.dmg to launch the installer.

    The downloaded Google install file in the Downloads folder
  4. In the window that pops up, drag the Chrome icon to the Application folder icon. In a few seconds, the installation will complete, and you'll have Chrome on your Mac.

    Google download screen on a Mac
  5. Before you start using your new browser, clean up the installer files. If you don't, those files stick around forever, using up space on your hard drive unnecessarily. Open a Finder window and click the arrow next to Google Chrome in the sidebar.

    Finder screen showing Google Drive install file
  6. Return to the Downloads folder and drag googlechrome.dmg to the trash.

  7. Go to your Applications folder and double-click Google Chrome to start using your new web browser. If you expect to use it often, drag it to the Dock for easy access.