Make Chrome your default browser

If you make Chrome your default browser, links you click will open automatically in Chrome whenever possible.

In some countries, you may be asked to choose your default browser. You can change your default browser anytime.

Set Chrome as your default web browser

Important: If you don't have Google Chrome on your computer yet, first download and install Chrome.

Windows 11
  1. On your computer, click the Start menu .
  2. Click Settings Settings and then Apps and then Default Apps.
  3. Under "Set defaults for applications," enter Chrome into the search box and then click Google Chrome.
  4. At the top, next to "Make Google Chrome your default browser," click Set default.
    • To make sure the change applied to the correct file types, review the list below the "Set default" button.
  5. To exit, close the settings window.

To easily open Chrome later, add a shortcut to your taskbar:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the bottom, in the Windows taskbar, right-click Chrome.
  3. Click Pin to taskbar.
Windows 10
  1. On your computer, click the Start menu Start menu.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. Open your default apps:
    • Original version: Click System and then Default apps.
    • Creators Update: Click Apps and then Default apps.
  4. At the bottom, under "Web browser," click your current browser (typically Microsoft Edge).
  5. In the "Choose an app" window, click Google Chrome.

To easily open Chrome later, add a shortcut to your taskbar:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the bottom, in the Windows taskbar, right-click Chrome.
  3. Click Pin to taskbar.
Mac
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "Default browser" section, click Make default.
    • If you don't see the button, Google Chrome is already your default browser.

To easily open Chrome later, add a shortcut to your dock:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the Mac dock, right-click Chrome.
  3. Click Options and then Keep in Dock.

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