How to Change the Default Browser on a Mac

By David Weedmark

There are two ways to change the default Web browser on a Mac computer running OS X Yosemite: from System Preferences or from the browser itself. Each browser gives you an option to move over your bookmarks and browsing history, so you can continue surfing the Web without missing a beat.

Using System Preferences

Step 1

Click the **Apple** menu and open **System Preferences**. Click the **General** icon.

Step 2

Click the **Default Web Browser** menu and select the browser you want to use. Some of the apps listed here may surprise you. If you have RealPlayer installed, for example, you can use its built-in browser as your Mac's default.Click the red **Close** button. Your selection is saved automatically.

Step 3

Remove your old default browser from the Dock if you don't want to see it anymore. Right-click its dock icon, or Ctrl-click it, select **Options** and then click **Remove From Dock**.

Moving to Chrome

Step 1

Launch Chrome. To make Chrome your default browser, click the **Menu icon** in the upper-right corner and select **Settings**. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button that reads "Make Google Chrome the Default Browser."

Step 2

Select **Bookmarks** from the **Menu** icon and select **Import Bookmarks and Settings**.

Step 3

Click the **From** menu and select the browser you used to use. Specify the items you want to import -- Browsing History and Favorites/Bookmarks -- and then click the **Import** button.

Changing to Firefox

Step 1

Launch Firefox and select **Preferences** from the Firefox menu. Click **Make Firefox My Default Browser**.If you find another Web browser keeps making itself the new default, click the check box above this button. Firefox will then prompt you to make it the default browser again if it's ever dethroned.

Step 2

Select **Show All Bookmarks** from the **Bookmarks** menu and then click the star-shaped **Bookmarks** icon at the top of the Library window. Select **Import Data From Another Browser**.

Step 3

Select the browser you used to use. Click **Continue**.

Step 4

Select the data that you want to import from Preferences, Browsing History, Bookmarks and Other Data. Click the **Continue** button to import that data to Firefox.

Changing Back to Safari

Step 1

Launch Safari and select **Preferences** from the Safari menu. Click the **Set Default** button. When the confirmation window opens, click **Use Safari**.

Step 2

Click the **File** menu, select **Import From** and then choose the browser containing your history and bookmarks.

Step 3

Select **Bookmarks** and **History** or both. Click the **Import** button to copy the selected data to Safari.