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How to Change Default Browser in Windows and Android OS

All of us are familiar with Internet Browsers. In fact, chances are you’re reading this article on one of them! So if some software were to change our favorite browser to something we do not like, then what can we do about it? This article was written to answer that very question so that you know how to how to change default browser on your devices. Moreover, we also have something that can help you in changing the language in Google Chrome.

Now, having our browser preferences changed is a harrowing experience, and we are frustrated at the thought of how to change my default browser back and get my previous settings. We elaborate on that in the latter portion of this article but first a word of warning.

You should always install anti-viruses to protect your computer from such browser changing malware as a lot of information can be gathered through cookies present in your internet browser. If you are a Mac user and wanted to clear the Cookies on Mac. You should definitely take a look on that.

How to Change Default Browser

Today we will be showing you six methods in order to answer the question how to change your default browser using different browsers as well as Operating Systems for examples. So, without wasting any more time let’s get right into it!

#1. How to Make Google Chrome Your Default Browser

Step 1

At first, you have to open Google Chrome browser on your device.

Step 2

Then click on the Tools button at the top right corner.

Step 3

Go to the settings option.

Step 4

Keep scrolling down until you see the default browser option.

Step 5

Then click on add as the default browser.

Step 6

You’ll see in your PC ‘the default browser is currently Google Chrome.’

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#2. How to Set Default Browser as Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open up internet explorer on your PC.

Step 2

Go to the top right corner and open the ‘tools’ menu.

Step 3

 Select the ‘internet options’ button from the tools menu. A dialog box will appear.

Step 4

From the number of tabs that are visible within the dialog box select ‘programs’.

Step 5

Come to the ‘default web browser’ section next. There may be written, “Internet Explorer is not currently the default web browser.” You have to select the ‘make default’ button beside that.

Step 6

After that check a box below saying  “Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser.”

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Step 7

Press ‘ok’ once you are done.

#3. How to Make Firefox Your Default Browser

Step 1:

Fire up the Firefox Web browser on your desktop.

Step 2:

Open the ‘options’.

Step 3:

Under General tab, you will see the first option to make Mozilla Firefox your default browser.

Step 4: 

Click on Make Default

Step 5:

If Firefox were not the default browser previously, you’d now receive a popup notification asking you to change Firefox to the default browser.

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Step 6:

Click ‘ok’ to make Firefox your default web browser.

#4. How to Change Browser on Windows 7 & 8

Step 1

Click on the Start menu.

Step 2

Then type default programs and go to the default programs option.

Step 3

Select the first option ‘set your default programs’. The list of your programs will appear.

Step 4

Click on your preferred browser.

Step 5

Then come to the right side and select ‘set this program as default’.

Step 6

Click on ‘ok’ button to complete your task.

#5. How to Update Browser Defaults for Android

You may be asking yourself, “How do I change my default browser on my Android smartphone?” Well, it is basically a two-step process that involves first checking of there is nay other secondary browser installed on you Android device nad if it has already been made into a Default Browser.

Step 1

Open the ‘settings’ app on your Android phone.

Step 2

Go to ‘application manager’.

Step 3

Look for the browser that is your current default browser.

Step 4

Now swipe the screen and go to the ‘All’ tab.

Step 5

You will get a list of all the applications on your phone.

Step 6

Now tap on your default browser if you see it.

Step 7

Choose ‘clear defaults’. This is how your default browser settings will be removed.

You have cleared your default settings.

#6. How to Set Default Browser for Android

While following the steps mentioned above if you see your ‘clear defaults’ button is grayed, and you are unable to select it then you have no default browser setup in your phone, or you have only one browser installed on your device, and that is not default.

Step 1

Open any web page link.

Step 2

Your phone will ask you through which browser you want to open it.

Step 3

Select your browser in the ‘complete action using’ box.

Step 4

Under that you will see two options ‘always’ and ‘just once.’ Select ‘always’. From the next time, all of your web links will open through that browser. Click on that and you have successfully learned how to change default browser on Android.

If any of the web browser is getting slow or loading slowly, it is due to cache memory. You need to clean the cache memory of web browser. Here is how to clear cache in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer & Safari.

Hopefully, this article has answered your queries on how to change my default browser! If you found it helpful, do consider sharing it on your social media networks! Do you have a favorite browser? Leave us its name in the comment section below.

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Sayani Biswas, a tech enthusiast and an avid reader of all things sci-fi. New to the world of blogging, but I hope my words potray my enthusasim for all things electronic.

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