Safari, the default macOS web browser, is okay for simple tasks. But it severely lacks the productivity features and extensions offered with other web browsers. Here’s a tutorial on how to change the default web browser on Mac to anything else besides Safari.
The default web browser application that comes bundled with both Mac OS X and macOS is called Safari. But what if you don’t want to use Safari? What if you want to use Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Brave, or another web browser with advanced features and extensions? Here’s how to change the default web browser on an Apple computer to anything else besides Safari.
How To Change Default Browser Mac OS Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to make a web browser other than Safari your default web browser. Common third-party browsers include Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, but you can set any browser that’s already installed on your Mac as the default browser.
Download And Install An Alternate Web Browser
Before you can change the default web browser on your Mac, you will need to install another web browser besides Safari.
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Open The System Preferences Application
Next, open the System Preferences application on your Mac. You can access this from the Apple menu or by navigating to your Applications folder.
- Macintosh HD > Applications > System Preferences
Select General Settings
Apple doesn’t make it easy to change your default web browser. The setting to change this is hidden away in the “General” section. After you open System Preferences, click on the General icon.
Mac Change The Default Browser: Use Drop-Down Menu To Change Default Browser From Safari To Another Web Browser
In the General section, you should see a “Default web browser” drop-down menu. Click on the “Safari.app” and you should additional web browsers listed below. Select something besides Safari to change your default browser.
If you don’t see any other browsers listed besides Safari, then you probably just downloaded a web browser application and forgot to install it on your computer. Try reinstalling and restart your computer if you continue to have issues.
Close The Apple System Preferences App
That’s it, you did it! You just completed the tutorial: How To Change Default Browser Mac OS X And macOS. Close the System Preferences app. The next time you open a web link, a different web browser besides Safari should open. Your newly installed web browser will now be your new default browser.
Tutorial: How To Change Default Browser Mac OS X and macOS
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NERD NOTE: Introduced in 1984, the Mac OS was how Apple named their computer operating systems until 2016 when they switched to “macOS.” The switch in nomenclature matched what Apple was already using for its other operating systems, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
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