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How to Change the Default Web Browser in macOS Catalina

safari, chrome, opera and firefox browser icons

I’m perfectly happy using Safari in macOS Catalina. However, if you prefer another web browser, you can change it. Here’s how:

From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences, then click General.

Choose your web browser from the ”Default web browser” pop-up menu.

Of course, you’ll have to have download another web browser to have a choice. Here are some options:

  • The Chrome browser was developed by Google. It uses the Blink engine, it is written in C++, and the majority of its source code is available through the open-source project Chromium.
  • The Opera browser for Mac is a freeware developed by Opera Software. It’s available in 42 languages for Windows, macOS, and Linux. 
  • The Firefox browser for Mac is a free and open-source app developed by the Mozilla Foundation. It’s been around since 2002, and it has versions for macOS, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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