How to Make Chrome My Default Browser on Mac

Chrome isn’t the default browser on Mac. But some Mac users prefer Chrome over Safari, which is the native browser. So that begs the question, how to make Chrome your default browser on Mac?

Hi, my name is Andreas, and I one of those who prefer using Chrome over Safari on my Mac. Setting Chrome as the default web browser is quite easy. By the end of this short guide, you will know how to do it.

So stick around, and let’s jump right into it.

2 Ways to Make Chrome the Default Browser on Mac

There are two ways to make Chrome the default browser. I will explain both and leave it up to you to decide which route to go. Let’s review the first one.

Method 1

Step 1: Navigate to the Apple Menu and choose “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Navigate to “General” from the list of options.

Step 3: You will see a drop-down list under “Default Web Browser.” Choose Google Chrome.

To make this method work, you need to have Google Chrome installed on your Mac. So make sure to do that first; otherwise, your Mac won’t give you the Chrome option.

This method is easy and straightforward to do. But there is another way to do it. Let’s explain that.

Method 2

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome. Locate the three vertical dots in the top-right corner and go to “Settings.”

Step 2: You will see a list of available options on the left side. Choose “Default Browser.”

Step 3: Click on the “Make Default” option under the Default browser section.

As you can see, both options require only a few steps to complete. They’re both easy and get the job done. So choose the more convenient one. 

What Happens When You Make Chrome the Default Browser?

Some of you might be wondering what the reason is to go through this. Setting a particular browser as your default browser on Mac gives you certain benefits.

None are more prevalent than opening links. Let’s say you’re on Safari but have Chrome as your default browser. And let’s also say that you’re checking your emails, and one of your coworkers sends you a link to a website.

When you click on the link, it will open the website in Google Chrome, despite using Safari. It’s a functionality that grants the default browser rights to execute certain actions over other browsers.

With Chrome set as the default browser, you will open links in Chrome in addition to other documents that require a web browser to open.


That concludes this short guide on how to make Google Chrome your default web browser on Mac. As you can see, setting any browser as the default browser is a piece of cake. 

Follow my simple steps, and you’ll know how to make any browser the default browser on your Mac. With that said, you do enjoy certain benefits like opening links and web documents in Chrome.

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