Every computer and mobile device comes with a default web browser. While Windows 10 has Microsoft Edge, Apple devices run Safari. It could be the default on Android, Google Chrome, Samsung Internet, or something else like the stock Android browser common on older models.
However, you don’t have to stick to this default. When you change it, any link or web-based file you click will open in your browser of choice. Here’s how to migrate for each operating system and platform type.
Adjusting for the browser
Before going into the settings of your device, go to the browser you want and set it as default. To do this in Google Chrome, for example, click the three dots icon in the top right and go to Settings> Default browser> Make default. In Firefox, click the hamburger icon in the top right and select Options. In the General section, click Make default.
In Windows 10, Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with Edge, which received a Chromium-based overhaul in 2020. Naturally, Microsoft recommends sticking with its browser, but you can change it. Open the Windows 10 Settings menu and go to Apps> Default Apps. Scroll down and click on the Web browser; You can choose from Edge, Firefox, Chrome, IE, or any other program you can download from the Microsoft Store.
In Windows 8.1, you are stuck with Internet Explorer as the default browser at startup. Turn it off by opening the Charms bar and clicking the Settings icon. In the settings pane, click Change PC Settings> Search and apps> Defaults. From here, the process is similar to Windows 10; Click the default that applies to the web browser and replace it with the browser of your choice.
Microsoft stopped offering security updates for Windows 7 in January 2020, so you should consider upgrading to a more modern and secure operating system. Otherwise, Internet Explorer is still the default browser, but the process of changing it is different from Windows 10 and 8.1. Open the Control Panel in the icon view and select Default Programs> Set your default programs. You can then choose the browser you want to set as default.
Note that the status indicates that the new default browser currently has X values of a certain number of defaults. Click Set this program as default; the status should change to show that the browser has all its defaults.
Mac OS operating system
Changing the default browser on a Mac is simple and quick. On your Mac, click the Apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen, open System Preferences and click the General icon. On the general screen, click the drop-down box next to Default web browser and change the selection to your preferred program.
iOS ve iPadOS
In the past, Apple prevented you from changing the default browser on your iPhone or iPad, but this has been replaced by iOS 14 and iPadOS. To switch the default from Safari to another browser, go to Settings and choose the browser you want (Chrome, Firefox or Edge). Tap the Default Browser App entry and select the browser you want to use.
The only way to set Google Chrome as the default web browser on Android is to use the phone’s settings. These settings will differ depending on the manufacturer, but you can usually swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to enter the Settings menu.
Look for an option that says Apps or Apps and Notifications. Open the list of installed apps and tap the entry of your preferred browser. Scroll down the information screen for the selected app, then tap the “Browser app” entry and choose the new default.
To set Firefox as the default browser, tap the three dots icon in the lower right corner of the app, then select Settings and turn on the switch next to Make Firefox your default browser. Tap on the browser app entry and change the default to Firefox.
For Edge, tap the three-dot icon and choose Settings. Scroll down the Settings screen and tap Set default browser, then tap Set default browser from the popup. This takes you to the phone’s Default app settings where you can select the Browser app to set a new default.