When you get a new Mac, the only choice that you have for a browser is Safari. That may be fine for some Mac users, but what if we want a different browser? Let’s take a look at how to change your Mac default browser and what some of the popular browsers are and why you might want to use them.
Before we can change our Mac default browser, we need to have one to change it to! Here is a list of popular browsers that can replace Safari and which you can install on your MacBook.
Google Chrome is a fast and secure modern browser built by Google. Chrome is the most used browser in the world and there are many reasons to see why. Chrome has essentially endless extensions, it syncs your information with other devices that you use Chrome on, you can tweak it to your heart's desire, it complies with more web standards than any other browser, and not to mention its constantly receiving updates to keep the experience smooth for its users. Some reasons you may not want to use Chrome could be because of the fact that its very memory heavy sometimes and that Google has a history of privacy concerns amongst their users.
Firefox totes their “Quantum” engine as 2x faster than Google Chrome and that you overall will have a smoother browsing experience. Not only that, but the newer version is supposedly lighter on computer memory and has a powerful private browser mode for those that want to take extra steps to make sure that others aren’t tracking what they are doing on their Macs.
Opera is a fast and lightweight browser that has a speed dial for quick access to your favorite websites. With the ability to install 3rd party Chrome extensions, users choose Opera so that they can have a similar experience to Chrome in terms of the extension support, but without using a Google service.
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all internet users to experience the web. The core of Chromium is built off of Google Chrome. The web browser was started by Google to provide the source code for the proprietary Google Chrome browser. A big reason to use Chromium is that it is free of the web tracking that is found in Google Chrome.
Tor Browser Bundle is a free and open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis which is a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy. Tor is known for preventing people from learning your location or browsing habits and it is open-sourced. If you want to browse the web anonymously and safely then Tor is a browser that you will want to check out.
How to change default browser on Mac using System Settings and Browser Settings
To be able to change our Mac default browser, we will have to have a different one than Safari installed on our Mac. Once installed, changing our default browser is actually quite easy.
Here is what we need to do:
System Preferences > General > Default web browser
Once in System Preferences simply choose the one that you want from the drop down and that's it! Easy as that! From here on out, when you click a web link, it will open in the browser that you have chosen as your Mac default one.
Another way to change out default browser is from within the app itself and it's actually quite easy to do so. First, we need to launch the browser that we want as our default. So, you need to search for the needed browser on your Mac and download it. Then, go to “Applications” on your Mac and find the icon of the downloaded browser and double-click on it. After we have the browser launched, we need to go to our “Preferences” which we can do by pressing Command + ”,” and the window will appear. Navigating to the “General” tab, we will see at the top that we have the option to click “Set Default...” if we don’t have Safari as our Mac default browser and that's it!
Web browsers are one of the most used apps that we have installed on Macs. Not only did we take a look at how to change the default browser, but we also looked at other Mac-compatible browsers that you can use other than Safari to get your work done. With options that cater to open-sourced, security, and speed there is a browser for everyone. So, what’s your Mac’s default browser?