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How to Change Default Browser

All devices come with default browsers. For Windows devices, that’s Microsoft Edge; for MacBook devices, it’s Safari. But sometimes, you find yourself using other browsers, like Chrome, instead. The good news is that you can change your default browser to your preferred one. No matter which browser you use, you’re at risk of spying threats. Use Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool to block ads and trackers and prevent phishing.

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What is the default browser?

A default browser is the browser through which the web pages and links you click automatically open on your device. It comes pre-installed in your device’s operating system. For example, if you own a Mac device, your default browser is Safari, Apple’s very own built-in browser.

 

Below is a list of default browsers for mobile phones and personal computers:

  • For macOS: Safari
  • For Windows 10 and 11: Microsoft Edge
  • For iOS or iPad: Safari
  • For Android: Chrome

Good to know

Which browsers are the most used? Well, it depends on the platform. According to StatCounter, Chrome is the most popular desktop web browser, claiming 65.29% of the desktop browser market share in 2023. Microsoft Edge is the second-most popular browser and accounts for 11.89% of the market share. In third place is Safari, with 8.92% of the market share. Following Safari is Firefox with 7.61%, Opera with 3.8%, and, coming in last, 360 Safe with 0.71% of the market share.

But how does the market share differ for the mobile browser market?

 

Chrome, again, leads the market with 64.93% of the market share. Safari comes in second with 24.71%. Samsung Internet is third, claiming 4.48% of the market share. Then, Opera follows with 2.28%, UC Browser with 1.48%, and Firefox with 0.52%.

How to change the default browser on all devices

In the guide below, we’ll show you all the ways to make the default browser a different one on all devices, including:

  1. How to set the default browser on Windows
  2. How to switch the default browser on macOS
  3. How to use a different primary browser on Android
  4. How to reset the default browser on iOS

Note

You can set up a different default browser on a mobile phone and computer.

Have you ever wondered how private your browsing experiences are? Not very much. Your browser keeps track of your internet activity. This includes:

  • Cookies
  • Saved passwords for various sites
  • The websites you visit
  • Your search history

Browsers track you for several reasons. For one, it makes it easier for you to access the websites you frequent. It allows you to bookmark web pages for future use. You can autofill forms with your passwords instead of manually filling them each time you visit a website.

 

It also helps your browser show you more relevant or personalized ads for items you might be interested in. For example, say you’re looking for a gray couch. When you search for it on Chrome, the browser will show you similar products on the websites and pages you visit.

 

However, while this sounds good, it means your browser prioritizes convenience over your privacy, which may be an issue. Here’s how your browser compromises your privacy:

  • Anyone you share your computer or account with can access your personal information.
  • Third parties get access to your browsing history.
  • Websites can send you annoying targeted ads and even hike your flight ticket prices by tracking you through cookies.
  • Whatever sensitive topics you research can be seen by third parties or anyone with access to your computer.

Don’t think you’re off the hook if you use your browser in private mode. While private browsing doesn’t save certain data—like your search history, cookies, and passwords—it doesn’t completely hide it either. That means it’s not sufficient to protect your sensitive information. So, even if you learn how to go incognito, you won’t get the best protection against trackers and phishing.

 

So, what’s the solution, then? If you want to protect your privacy while using your browser, Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool is the answer.

What is Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool?

Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool is anti-tracking software that protects you from spying and other threats in a three-in-one solution:

  • An Ad Blocker that ensures you don’t see online ads in your browser by blocking them before they reach it. This also improves your overall user experience, as ads tend to overshadow important content on websites.
  • A Tracking Blocker that protects your sensitive information by preventing advertisers and other data collectors from tracking your online behavior and accessing your personal information.
  • Phishing Protection shields you from malicious and phishing websites, which can be used to spy on you or steal your personal information without your knowledge.

Here’s how Clario’s Safe browsing tool helps you: Let’s say you search for something on Google. Afterward, your partner or spouse, with whom you share a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection at home, goes online. Google typically starts serving them ads based on your searches. That could give them clues about what you’re up to, even if it’s private. Imagine you were looking for a birthday gift to surprise them with or, worse, something sensitive. Clario’s Safe browsing tool prevents instances like these from happening.

 

On Chrome, Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool works as an extension, which means you must install it (learn more about extensions for Chrome). On Windows, it’s a built-in tool, so no installation is needed.

 

Follow these steps to use Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool on your MacBook device or Windows PC:

  1. Download Clario AntiSpy on your Mac or Windows computer, get a subscription, and set up an account.
  2. Select Safe browsing in the sidebar and click the Install button on a Mac device.
  3. Now follow the prompts to add the extension to your Chrome browser.
Protect your privacy with Clario AntiSpy's Safe browsing tool. Download Clario AntiSpy, select Safe browsing in the sidebar, and click Install if using a Mac

Follow our in-depth guide below to learn how to switch to a default browser you like based on your operating system.

1. How to set the default browser on Windows

To change the default browser on Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Select Apps > Default apps.
  3. Select Set default next to the browser you want to set as your default.
A screenshot from a Windows 11 PC showing how to access the Settings menu to change your default browser.
Step 1: Press Start and select Settings.
A screenshot from a Windows 11 PC showing how to access the Default apps menu to change your default browser.
Step 2: Select Apps, then Default apps.
A screenshot from a Windows 11 PC showing how to access the Settings menu to change your default browser.
Step 3: Select Set Default beside your chosen web browser.

To remove the default browser on Windows 10:

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Choose the Default apps option from the left-hand menu.
  4. Head to the Web browser section, click on the current browser set as the default, and choose the browser you want to set as your default going forward.
A screenshot from a Windows 10 PC showing how to access the Settings menu to change your default browser.
Steps 1-2: Open the Settings menu and select Apps.
A screenshot showing how to access the default browser settings on Windows 10.
Steps 3-4: Select Default apps from the sidebar, then choose your default web browser.

Are you looking for a browser that uses a minimal amount of random access memory (RAM)? Be careful not to unknowingly choose a browser that’s heavy on RAM. Check out our list of browsers that use the least RAM to save on much-needed memory.

2. How to switch the default browser on macOS

To change the default browser on a Mac:

  1. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Default web browser.
  2. Choose another browser from the drop-down menu.
To switch the default browser on macOS, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Default web browser.
Step 1. Go to the Default browser section
To switch the default browser on macOS, click on the browser that's shown and choose another browser from the drop-down menu.
Step 2. Choose a default browser.

Hint

When you click on the browser or the arrows shown in the Default web browser section, the drop-down list will only show the browsers you currently have installed on your MacBook device. The list will also include the browsers you don’t use (which is a sign it’s time to delete them).

3. How to use a different browser on Android

Here’s how to change your default browser on Android:

  1. Open the Settings app and choose Apps > General > Default apps (or Choose default apps)
  2. Select Browser app, then choose the browser you want to set as your default.
A screenshot from an Android device showing how to access the default apps menu.
Step 1: Open Settings, select Apps, then tap Choose default apps.
An Android screenshot showing how to access the default browser settings.
Step 2: Select Browser app, then choose the default browser you want to set.

4. How to change the default browser on iOS

To switch to a different default browser on your iPhone, do this:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone device and scroll down the list of apps until you find the browser you want to set as your default.
  2. Tap Default Browser App (the current default browser will be shown here) and tap the rightful browser on the list.
Change the default browser on iOS. After selecting the browser in Settings, tap Default Browser App (the current default browser will be shown here) and tap the rightful browser on the list.
Step 1-2. Select the browser app and change it to default

Conclusion

While smartphones and computers have fairly good default browsers, sometimes they aren’t what you prefer. And that’s understandable because everyone has different preferences based on their needs. Thankfully, you aren’t stuck with your device’s default browser. Resetting your main browser can be done in a few easy steps. Follow the tips in our article to switch to a more preferred browser on your iOS, Android, macOS, or Windows device.

 

As an internet user, you’re often at risk of phishing attacks and being followed by ads and trackers when you use the internet. Sometimes, this can be unbearable, but it can be avoided. Enjoy peace of mind with Clario AntiSpy’s Safe browsing tool, which blocks ads and trackers and protects you from phishing.

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