How to Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on Any OS

Set Google Chrome as Your Default Browser

Chrome is a versatile, all around, and one of the most popular internet browsers to date. With its minimalist yet fast design and the numerous of plugins available free to download, Google Chrome is favored by many. Productivity buffs also love Chrome’s feature to sync data between multiple devices using different operating systems. To make sure that you always use the app everytime you browse the internet, you need to set Google Chrome as the default browser on your device. This article will discuss how to set Google Chrome as the default browser on any operating system.

Method 1:Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on Computer

To set Google Chrome as your computer’s default browser, do these:

1.Click Window’s Start Menu on the lower-left part of your computer’s screen.Windows 10 Start Menu
2.Click on Settings.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings
3.From Settings, open the System Settings.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings System Settings
4.Click the Default Apps option.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings System Settings Default Apps
5.Scroll down until you get to the Web Browser option. Tap on the browser icon.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings System Settings Default Apps Web Browser
6.From the Choose App pop up page, click on Google Chrome.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings System Settings Default Apps Web Browser Choose App
7.Google Chrome is now set as the default web browser app. Saving of changes is automatic.Windows 10 Start Menu Settings System Settings Default Web Browser is Chrome

Method 2:Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on Mac

For Mac OS X Yosemite or later
If you are using a Mac OS X Yosemite or a later version, follow these steps to set Google Chrome as your default browser:

1.Click on the Apple menu.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu
2.From the drop down menu, click on System Preferences.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu System Preferences
3.In the System Preferences page, click the General option.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu System Preferences General
4.In the General options, click the drop down box on the Default Web Browser option.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu System Preferences General Default Web Browser
5.Click Chrome from the list of browsers in the pop-up menu.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu System Preferences General Default Web Browser Chrome
6.Chrome is now the default browser for your Mac OS X Yosemite and later versions.Mac OS X Yosemite Home Screen Apple Menu System Preferences Chrome is Default browser

For Mac OS X Mavericks or earlier:
If your Mac is on Mac OS X Mavericks or an earlier version, follow these steps to Google Chrome as your default browser:

1.Click the Safari browser icon on your Mac dock to open Safari.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari App
2.Open the Safari Menu located in the upper-left part of your screen.Mac OS X Mavericks Finder Safari Menu
3.From the drop down menu, click Preferences.Mac OS X Mavericks Finder Safari Preferences
4.Click the General tab.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari Preferences General Tabs
5.Click the Default Web Browser pop-up menu and click on Select.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari Preferences General Select
6.Click the Applications folder.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari Preferences General Select Applications
7.Select Google Chrome from the list of applications.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari Preferences General Select Applications Google Chrome
8.Click the Select button to save changes.Mac OS X Mavericks Safari Preferences General Select Applications Google Chrome Select
9.Your default browser, for your Mac OS X Mavericks and earlier versions, is now Google Chrome.Mac OS X Mavericks Default Browser is Chrome

Method 3:Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on Android

For Android users, here is how to set Google Chrome as the default browser on Android:

1.Go to your phone’s Home screen and open Settings.S8 Settings
2.From Settings, scroll down and tap on the Apps option.S8 Settings Apps
3.From Apps, scroll down and tap on the Chrome App.S8 Settings Apps Chrome
4.Once you are on the App Info page, click on the Browser App option.S8 Settings Apps Chrome Browser App
5.Tap on the Tick box on the left side of Chrome to set it as the default browser app.S8 Settings Set Chrome Browser as Default App
6.Google Chrome is now the default browser app on your Android device.S8 Settings Chrome Browser as Default App

Note: Screenshots were taken from a Samsung Galaxy S8 on Android OS 7.0 Nougat. Screenshots may differ depending on your Android device and OS version but the general step is the same.

Method 4:Set Google Chrome as Default Browser on iPhone

Apple does not allow changing of default browser on iPhones and iPads. However, you can replace Safari from your iPhone’s dock on the home screen so that when you want to open an internet browser, Chrome will be the browser app on the dock. Here’s how:

1.Press the Home button to get to your iPhone’s Home screen.iphone-home-screen
2.Tap and hold on the Safari icon on your iPhone. Continue holding until the icons in the Home screen wiggle.iPhone Dock Safari
3.Drag and drop the Safari icon to any part on your Home screen.iPhone Drag Safari Out of Dock
4.While the apps are still jiggling, locate Chrome and drag and drop its app icon to the iPhone’s dock.iPhone Drag Chrome to Dock
5.Chrome now replaces the Safari on your iPhone dock. Tap on Chrome’s icon if you want to browse the internet.iPhone Chrome on Dock
6.Press the Home button to save changes.iPhone Chrome on Dock Saved

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there really no way to set Google Chrome as iPhone’s default browser.
A: iPhone does not support the feature to change its default browser. However, you can follow the procedures above to use Google Chrome every time you want to browse the internet. However, when opening links, Safari will still be the default app.

You just learned how to set Google Chrome as the default browser app on all popular operating systems. If you have questions with any of the steps above, let us know in the comments section.

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