- Chrome is a popular browser that can be easily set as the default browser on PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
- To make Chrome the default browser on a Windows 11 PC, open the Start Menu, go to Settings, select Default Apps, and choose Google Chrome.
- On Android devices, access the settings menu, go to Apps, select Choose default apps, and choose Chrome as the default browser.
- To set Chrome as the default browser on Apple devices, download Chrome from Google’s official site, open Chrome’s settings, choose Default Browser, and select Chrome as the default.
Love it or hate it, Chrome is a very popular browser, but it’s not the only choice. If you want to know how to make Chrome the default browser, we’ll show you how. Whether you’re using the browser on a PC, smartphone, or tablet from Apple, setting it as your primary way to browse the web has never been easier.
How to Make Chrome the Default Browser on Computers
While there are dozens of mobile web browsers, you can find even more designed for use with PCs. To set Chrome as the default browser on a desktop or laptop running Windows 11, follow these steps.
1. Open the Start Menu
With your PC open, open up the Start Menu by clicking on the icon as shown in the screenshot below.
2. Choose Settings
Once the Start Menu opens, look for the gear icon at the top of the window and click it to open the Settings menu.
3. Default Apps
From the Settings menu, click on the three-dash icon at the top left to open a new menu, and choose Apps, then select Default Apps.
4. Select Chrome
In the Set defaults for applications search box, type “Chrome” and choose Google Chrome from the options that appear.
5. Set Default
At the top of this Window, you’ll see a section that says Make Google Chrome your default browser. Click on the Set default button to the right to save your selection.
The process is largely the same if you’re still using Windows 10. You need to navigate to Default Apps through the Systems or Apps sections, find Web Browser, and select Google Chrome.
How to Make Chrome the Default Browser on Android
If you rock an Android device, you’re probably familiar with Chrome. You can set it up as the default browser on any smartphone or slate in less than a minute.
1. Access Device Settings
On your Android smartphone or tablet, open the settings menu. You can typically do this through the notification panel, but you can also search for it on your device.
Scroll through the list of options until you see a section marked Apps, and tap on it to proceed.
3. Choose Default Apps
On the screen, look for a section labeled Choose default apps and tap on it.
4. Browser App
This menu may vary depending on your device, but you need to find and choose Browser App from the Default App section of this screen.
5. Choose Chrome
Select Chrome as your browser to set it as the default on your Android smartphone or tablet.
How to Make Chrome Default the Browser on iPhones, iPads and Macs
Safari is set as the default browser on devices from Apple. If you want to set Chrome as the browser, you don’t have to go through the system settings, but the app itself.
1. Download Chrome
The first step to setting up Chrome on any device from Apple is to download it. You can pick it up from Google’s official site if you don’t already have it installed.
2. Open Chrome Settings
Tap or click on the Chrome icon to open the browser. Select the three-dot menu to access Chrome’s Settings menu and tap the Gear symbol.
3. Default Browser
When the Settings menu opens, choose Default Browser from the options on the screen.
4. Open Chrome Settings
Under the Default Browser window, look for an option at the bottom that says Open Chrome Settings and choose it to proceed.
5. Default Browser App
Scroll down until you see the Default Brower App section. Select it and choose Chrome from the options to set the browser as your default.
Chrome is one of the best browsers around, and it’s easy to make Chrome the default browser on any device. It’s just as simple to switch back to another browser if you decide it isn’t for you, or you can run multiple browsers simultaneously.
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