Have you installed Google Chrome on your Mac or iPhone? You can start using it right away. However, due to Safari, you can’t open links from other apps (such as email) in Chrome unless you set it as the device’s default browser.

With a Mac, you can make Google Chrome your default web browser. But what about iOS? As long as you’re using the latest version of the iPhone’s system software, that doesn’t matter.

Google Chrome icon for laptops and iPhones

In this article, you’ll learn all possible approaches to changing your default browser from Safari to Chrome on both Mac and iOS.

How to make Chrome your Mac’s default browser

To set Google Chrome as your Mac’s default browser, just a few clicks. This can be done using the Mac System Preferences app. Or just take a quick look at Chrome’s internal settings page.

Method 1: Use Mac System Preferences

1. Open Apple Select a menu to select System Preferences..

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<p>2. Select <strong>Universal</strong>..</p>
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<p>3. Select the pull-down menu next to it <strong>Default web browser</strong>..</p>
<p>4. Pick <strong>Google chrome</strong>..</p>
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Google Chrome selected as default web browser

5. Finish System Preferences..

Method 2: Use Chrome’s internal settings page

1. Open chromium Select the menu (select the three dot icon in the upper right corner of the window) and select setting..

3 dot icons

2. Select Default browser In the sidebar.

Sidebar default browser

3. Select Make it the default..

Button to make it the default

4. Select Use “Chrome”..

use "chromium" button

5. Finish setting page.

How to make Chrome the default browser for iPhone

As with the Mac, there are two ways to change the iPhone’s default browser. You can use the device settings app. Alternatively, you can access the default browser options from Chrome’s internal settings screen. The following steps also apply to iPad.

Note: You must have iOS 14 or iPad OS 14 (or later) installed on your iPhone or iPad before changing the default browser. If you are using an older version, you can access to upgrade. setting >> >> Universal >> >> System software..

Method 1: Use the iPhone settings app

1. Open your iPhone setting App.

iPhone settings app

2. Scroll down and tap chromium..

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<p>3. Tap <strong>Default browser app</strong>..</p>
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<p>4. Select <strong>chromium</strong>..</p>
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Default browser set for Chrome Ap

5. Finish setting App.

Method 2: Use Chrome’s internal settings screen

1. Open chromium Tap the menu (tap the icon with 3 dots) and setting..

Configuration options

2. Select Default browser..

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<p>3. Tap <strong>Open Chrome settings</strong>..</p>
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Open Chrome Settings button

4. Tap Default browser app..

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<p>5. Select <strong>chromium</strong>..</p>
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Chrome selected as the default browser app

6. Tap chromium Move to the top left of the screen and switch to Chrome.Then quit Chrome setting screen.

Do I need to make Google Chrome the default on Mac and iOS?

There are benefits to using Google Chrome full-time on your Mac and iPhone. However, before moving on, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of prioritizing it over Safari.

Cross-platform availability

Chrome is a truly cross-platform web browser. Apart from Mac and iPhone, it can also be used on PC, Android and Chromebook. Therefore, when set as the default browser, you can seamlessly access passwords, bookmarks, and settings regardless of platform. Learn how to sync your browsing data using your Google account.

Google's cross-platform compatibility example

Excellent web compatibility

Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet, and developers tend to prioritize Chrome over other browsers, improving web compatibility. If you’re unlikely to have problems with Chrome, it makes sense to switch completely from Safari.

However, this does not apply to iOS versions of Chrome. This is because it uses the same browsing engine (WebKit) as Safari.

Large-scale extended support

Safari comes with a decent extension library, but nothing compared to the free add-on weapons available on the Chrome Web Store. Thanks to that, you can customize or extend every aspect of Chrome. Don’t forget to check out these top Chrome extensions for productivity and security.

Chrome Web Store Extensions

Again, this only applies to Chrome on Mac. On iOS, only Safari supports third-party browser extensions.

Extended support for Google apps

If your daily workflow relies on Google web apps such as Gmail, Documents, Calendar, it’s better to use them in Chrome. For example, Chrome allows you to use Google Docs even when your Mac is offline.

Faster update cycle

Chrome is in a rapid development cycle and is updated regularly every 2-3 weeks. This leads to faster bug fixes, new features and enhanced security.

About Chrome screen

In contrast, Safari rarely gets standalone updates. Also, there are few additional features.

Not Stellar Privacy

So far, so good. But there is a problem here. Google is not known for its good privacy practices. If you use your Google account with Chrome, expect to collect every bit of your browsing activity.

You have the option to delete the recorded data from your Google account. However, if privacy is a concern, it’s best to use Safari or look for an alternative cross-platform browser such as Firefox.

Consume a lot of resources

On desktop devices, Chrome has a bad reputation for consuming a lot of RAM and CPU. If you’re using older macOS devices, Safari is much better at preserving system resources. Unlike Chrome, it consumes less power and saves battery life.

Chrome uses critical energy in the battery menu

Switching to a lightweight Chromium browser is another viable alternative as it helps you to enjoy most of the benefits of Chrome.

Google Chrome on Mac and iPhone: New default

We are currently using Google Chrome as the default browser for Mac and iPhone. Safari still offers great performance and privacy, so there’s a solid browser that you can undo if Chrome doesn’t make an impression.

Going forward, Microsoft Edge is another great Chromium-based browser that’s surprisingly close to beating Chrome. Here’s a detailed comparison using Edge and Chrome on Mac.

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