How to Set Chrome as Default Browser on Android

It's easy to set the default browser on an Android

What to Know

  • Tap Settings > App Management > Default Apps > Browser app to change default browsers.
  • The process is the same on Samsung smartphones with Samsung phones offering the Samsung Internet Browser as the default choice. 
  • Many different browsers are available serving different purposes such as providing superior security or privacy. 

This article teaches you how to set Google Chrome as your default browser on an Android smartphone, as well as looks at how to change the default browser on Samsung smartphones. It also touches upon the many different web browsers available for Android. 

How Do I Change My Default Browser on Android?

Here's a look at what to do and how to change your default browser.

To change browsers, you'll need to have more than one browser already installed on your Android phone.

  1. On your Android phone, tap Settings.

  2. Tap App Management.

  3. Tap Default Apps.

    Steps needed to change default apps on Android
  4. Tap Browser app.

  5. Tap the browser you wish to make the default browser on your phone.

    Steps required to change default browser app on Android

    The list will vary depending on the browser apps you have installed.

How Can I Set Google Chrome as My Default Browser?

If you know you want to set Google Chrome as your default browser, the process is very simple. Pretty much all Android phones have Google Chrome pre-installed so you don't even have to worry about installing new apps to use it. Here's what to do.

Most Android phones have Chrome set as their default browser as standard. 

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap App Management.

  3. Tap Default Apps.

  4. Tap Browser app.

  5. Tap Google Chrome.

  6. Google Chrome is now your default web browser.

How Do I Change My Default Browser on Samsung?

Samsung smartphones typically use their own default browser but it's rarely as competent as something like Google Chrome or Firefox. Here's how to change the default browser on Samsung phones.

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Apps.

  3. Tap Default apps.

  4. Tap Browser App.

  5. Tap your choice of web browser.

What Web Browsers Are Available for Android?

Android phones have a number of different web browsers available to them. It's worth considering what you need from a web browser before making it your default, although you can always choose to change between them. Here's an overview of the main web browsers available. 

  • Google Chrome. Pre-installed on the majority of Android phones, Google Chrome is often considered the gold standard of web browsers thanks to being fast, stable, and compatible with many different formats. 
  • Mozilla Firefox. Stable and reliable, Firefox is easy to use and also has browser syncing functionality. 
  • Opera. For those looking for a browser with a built-in VPN, Opera is very secure and also boasts an adblocker too for additional security and privacy.
  • Dolphin. For a gesture-driven interface, Dolphin is worth checking out if you're looking to browse the internet in a more interesting way than simply tapping buttons. 
FAQ
  • How do I set Chrome as the default browser on an iPhone?

    First, download the Chrome app from the App Store, then tap More (three dots) > Settings > Default Browser. Next, tap Open Chrome settings > Default browser app and select Chrome as your default browser. You'll need iOS 14 or later to set Chrome as your default browser on an iPhone.

  • How do I set Chrome as the default browser on Windows 10?

    On your Windows 10 PC go to the Start menu and select Settings, then click System > Default Apps. Under Web Browser, select your current default browser (likely Microsoft Edge), then, in the Choose an App window, click Google Chrome.

  • How do I set Chrome as the default browser on a Mac?

    On your Mac, open Chrome and select More (three dots) > Settings. Select the Default Browser tab, then click Make Default. If you don't see the Make Default option, Chrome is already your default browser.

  • How do I set Chrome as the default browser on Windows 7?

    In Windows 8, 7, and earlier, go to the Start menu > Control Panel, then click Programs > Default Programs > Set Your Default Programs. From the menu on the left, select Google Chrome, then click Set this program as default > OK.

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