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Written by Michael Paulyn
Published on January 26, 2024

Set Chrome as your default browser on Windows 11

Here’s how to make Google Chrome your default browser on Windows 11:

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    1. Hover your mouse over the Search icon in the taskbar. Then, click the search box, type Control Panel, and press Enter.

      Entering "Control Panel" into the Windows 11 search box.
    2. Click Default Programs > Set your default programs.

      Selecting "Set your default programs" to begin changing your default browser to Chrome on Windows 11.
    3. Scroll down and select Google Chrome, then click Set default.

      Selecting Google Chrome in the default apps settings to make Chrome the default browser on Windows 11.

    After making Google Chrome your default web browser, consider adding security and privacy extensions for Chrome to help boost your Windows 11 security while browsing the web.

    Set Chrome as your default browser on Windows 10

    If you’re still using Windows 10, here’s how to make Chrome your primary browser:

    1. Type Control Panel into the search box in the Windows Start menu and hit Enter.

       Opening Windows Start, then typing "Control panel" to change the default browser to Chrome on Windows 10.
    2. Click Programs > Default Programs > Set your default programs.

      A screenshot showing how to access the "Set your default programs" menu in the Windows 10 Control Panel.
    3. After that, click the browser listed as the default web browser app, and then select Google Chrome from the list of available browsers.

       A screenshot showing how to make Chrome your default browser on Windows 10.

    With Google Chrome set up, get AVG AntiVirus Free for Windows 10 to add additional protection against viruses, spyware, and other malware.

    How to set Chrome as your default browser on Mac

    For Mac users, Apple’s Safari browser is the out-of-the-box default — for obvious reasons. Follow these steps to set Google Chrome as your default Mac browser:

    1. Open Chrome and Settings from the Chrome menu.

      A screenshot showing how to access Chrome Settings on Mac.
    2. Click Default browser followed by Make default. Then, choose Use “Chrome” in the pop-up window to confirm.

      Screenshot showing how to select Chrome as your default browser on Mac.

    Make Chrome your go-to browser on Android

    If you're an Android user, here's how to make Chrome your default browser:

    1. Open Settings and tap Apps. Select Default apps > Browser app > Chrome.

      Screenshots showing how to select Chrome as your default browser on Android via Android settings.The above steps may vary depending on some Androids. (Screenshots: Samsung Galaxy S21)

    Google Chrome’s popularity also makes it a hotbed for advertisers. If you're bombarded with pop-up ads while browsing, find out how to block pop-ups on your Android. Then, further shield yourself from advertisers and web trackers by learning about private browsing and how to clear your browser's cache and cookies.

    Setting Chrome as your primary browser on iPhone or iPad

    Follow the steps below to make Google Chrome your primary browser on your iPhone or iPad (for Apple devices using iOS 14 or newer):

    1. Go to Settings and locate the list of installed apps.

    2. Choose Chrome > Default Browser App > Chrome.

      Open Settings > Chrome > Default Browser App > Chrome to make Chrome your default browser on iOS.

    iPhones and Androids can get viruses and other malware too, so be careful about the sites you visit and the links you click while browsing. And make sure you know how to remove phone viruses in case you do get infected.

    Switching back to your previous default browser

    You can switch back to your original default browser at any time by following the same processes outlined above. When it comes to resetting your browser, the only difference is that, instead of choosing Google Chrome, you'll need to select another option such as Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave, or the ultra-private AVG Secure Browser.

    The importance of browser security for Chrome users

    As the world's most popular web browser, Google Chrome is an attractive target for would-be hackers and cybercriminals looking for an easy payday. Chrome has some helpful features like “Safe Browsing,” which warns you about potentially dangerous websites. But you need a comprehensive, multi-layered defense to safeguard against the assortment of phishing attacks, browser hijackers, malware, and other online threats lurking.

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    Michael Paulyn
    26-01-2024