How to Change Default Browser on Mac Easily

Safari is the default browser for Mac computers. If you click a link on your Mac, that will open by default in the Safari browser. Undoubtedly, Safari is the fastest Mac browser and packs many cool features. But still, many Mac users don’t want to use it as their default browser and change it on their Mac. 

If you are also a part of the crowd and want to change the default browser on your Mac, then you have come to the right place. Here, in this article, we will explain how you can change the default browser on any Mac.

Change the Default Browser on Any Mac

macOS 13 Ventura is the successor to the macOS Monterey. In macOS 13 Ventura, Apple has completely redesigned the System Preferences app. Not just that, the System Preferences app also got renamed to System Settings. It now has a much more familiar iOS/iPadOS-style user interface.

Many settings have changed because of this redesign, including the steps to change the default web browser on Mac. But fret not; as promised, we have provided steps to change the default browser on macOS Ventura and Monterey. We have also added a method by which you can change the default browser from the browser itself.

How to Change Mac’s Default Web Browser in macOS Monterey and Older Versions?

You can change the default web browser from the System Preferences app in macOS Monterey or older versions. Follow the below steps to do so.

1. Take the cursor to the top-left corner of your Mac and tap on the Apple logo.

2. From the Apple menu options, click System Preferences. Alternatively, you can open System Preferences from Launchpad or make a simple Spotlight search.

3. Click General in System Preferences.

4. Under General settings, you will find a Default web browser option. It will show the name of your current default web browser. Click on the name of your default browser.

5. All the browsers installed on your Mac will appear in the dropdown menu. Select your preferred browser to set it as your default browser.

Now, you are all set. When you click a link on your Mac, it will open in the newly selected default browser.

How to Change Mac’s Default Web Browser in macOS Ventura and Newer Versions

Users upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura might find it challenging to change their default browser because of revamped Settings. Still, It is easy to change Mac’s default browser to macOS Ventura. Let’s have a look at the steps.

1. Tap the Apple logo  in the top-left corner of your Mac.

2. Select the System Settings option.

macOS Ventura System Settings option in Apple logo Menu

3. Find Desktop & Dock in the left side panel and click on it.

4. Scroll down and select your preferred browser from the list next to the Default web browser.

Change default web browser from System Settings, Display & Dock, and then select your default browser for your Mac.

How to Change The Default Browser From The Browser itself

Other than changing the default from the System Preferences or System Settings, you can also change the default browser in your Mac right from your favorite browser. If you use this method, It will work seamlessly in macOS 13 Ventura or Monterey. Follow the steps below to change the default browser on your Mac within the browser.

Note: Google Chrome is the most popular browser. We will take the example of how you can set it as your default browser on Mac.

1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac.

2. Tap the three-dot icon in the top left corner.

3. From the menu options, tap on Settings.

4. Alternatively, tap Chrome in the top left corner and select Preferences. It will take you directly to Chrome Settings.

5. In the left sidebar, tap on Default browser.

6. Click the Make default button next to make Google Chrome the default browser.

7. A confirmation pop-up will appear saying, “Do you want to change your default web browser to “Chrome” or keep using “Safari”?” Select Use Chrome.

You are all set here and successfully changed the default browser on your Mac from the browser itself.

Switch To The Best Browser On Mac

The release of macOS 13 Ventura has wholly changed the steps you used to change the default browser on your Mac. But still, the steps are relatively easy to follow. We have provided a step-by-step guide so you can follow and easily change the default browser on your Mac.

We have also explained an easy way to set Google Chrome as your default browser, Chrome itself, without even opening System Settings. We hope you have been able to set the default browser of your choice by following the above steps.

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