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How to make Chrome your default browser on any device

Make Chrome your home for surfing the web.
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June 16, 2022

If you enjoy using Chrome, you’re not alone. It’s the most popular Android web browser and features many extensions to enhance web surfing. By making it your default browser, any links you click will automatically open in Chrome, and your system won’t keep asking you which browser you prefer. Here’s how to default to Chrome on any device.

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To change Chrome to your default browser, your device will generally have the same navigation pathway to Settings--> Default apps. Then, under Browsers, select Chrome.


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How to make Chrome your default browser (Windows)

You can task Chrome to open all web pages without the system asking you which browser you prefer, no matter which version of Windows you use. Check out our specified guides for Windows 10 and 11 for any other desired default browser changes.

Windows 10

On your computer, click the Start menu in the bottom left corner, represented by the four-square windows icon. From there, click Settings. Open your Default apps. At the bottom, under Web browser, click your current browser.

Windows 10 Settings Default Apps

If you haven’t already set a default browser, it will likely be assigned as Microsoft Edge. Within the Choose an app window, click Google Chrome.

To quickly open Chrome later, you can add a shortcut to your taskbar. First, open the web browser, then in the Windows taskbar at the bottom, right-click on the Chrome icon, and click Pin to taskbar.

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Windows 11

On your computer, click the Start menu presented by the four-square windows icon. From there, navigate to Settings–> Apps–> Default Apps.

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On the next page, either search for or click on Google Chrome. Then click the current setting under each file type or link type you want to change. For the best Chrome experience on Windows 11, be sure to make default Chrome for any of the following file types: .html, .html, .shtml, .xhtml, HTTP, and HTTPS.

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Select Google Chrome for each one and then click OK.

How to make Chrome your default browser (Mac)

From the dashboard, open System Preferences, then select General.

Mac System Preferences
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Open the drop-down menu beside the Default web browser and select Google Chrome. If you don’t see Chrome as an option, then it’s already set as your go-to web browser.

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How to make Chrome your default browser (iOS)

When you first open Chrome on your iPhone or iPad, it will suggest switching to Chrome. Please be aware that to change Chrome to your default browser on iPhone or iPad, you must have iOS 14 or newer.

Switch to Chrome iOS
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Open your Settings, then scroll down to find Default Browser App. There, select Chrome.

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How to make Chrome your default browser (Android)

On your Android phone, open Settings, then navigate to your Apps.

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Tap Choose default apps.

Android Settings
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Lastly, under the Default browser app, choose Chrome.

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Make Chrome your default browser within Chrome

If all else fails, you can try setting Chrome as the default browser within the application settings. This method will usually direct you to your system settings to continue the processes mentioned above but can be good for troubleshooting if you have any problems.

Navigate to your Settings within the drop-down menu of the browser window.

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From there, select Default browser from the left-hand side and click Make default from the center of the screen.


Read more: How to change the default browser in Windows 11

FAQs

If you are experiencing problems using the above methods, try using the command center on a PC. Press Windows + R to launch your PC’s control panel. Click on Programs from the bottom left of the list of options. Select Default Programs–> Set Default Programs. Your computer might take a few seconds to populate your programs into a single list. Once done, search for Google Chrome and choose Set this program as default.

If that doesn’t work, you can try setting Chrome as the default from its app settings. Once launched, click on the Settings option, and select the Default Browser heading. From there, select Make Default and follow the onscreen instructions.

First, click the Start menu from the bottom left corner. Next, navigate Control Panel–>Programs–> Default Programs–> Set your default programs. On the left-hand side, select Google Chrome and Set this program as default. Finally, click OK.

In Ubuntu Lucid, you can easily change the default application by navigating to System–> Preferences–> Preferred Applications. Then, under Internet–> Web Browser, select Google Chrome in the drop-down list.