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How to Change Your Default Web Browser and Email Client on Mac

Written by Adnan Ahmed

With so many third-party applications available on the loose for all kinds of OSes including Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS, it is a mandatory step for the OEM/Software manufacturer to build a specific set of ‘default’ applications. These default applications we see on all kinds of devices usually follow a similar design language and are all baked into the operating system, disallowing you to delete or uninstall them.

However, it is pretty much easy for a Windows, Android or even an iOS device to change the default applications, but the process on a Mac is pretty tiresome. Thanks to Apple’s thick layer of security, this option is built in but is hid beneath a lot of menus. If you would like to change your default web browser or email client, then you’re in the right place. Following is a step-by-step procedure on how you can do so on any Apple device running MacOS.

Change Your Default Web Browser and Email Client

Changing The Web Browser

  1. The first step in changing your web browser is to hop into System Preferences, which is accessible by clicking the Apple Menu on the top left corner of the screen. Change Web Browser And Email Client - 1
  2. Among the many options to choose from, you are interested in the one that reads ‘General‘.
  3. You will notice that there are a lot of options to customize. Scroll down a bit until you find the box that reads ‘Default Web Browser‘, and then choose the web browser of your choice from the list of installed browsers on your Mac.Change Web Browser And Email Client - 2
  4. Click on Ok, and restart your Mac if required.

Changing The Email Client

  1. Launch the default mail application on your Mac. This is where you will be changing your preference for a different email client. What an irony.
  2. Click on the ‘Mail‘ menu on the top, and then choose ‘Preferences‘. Change Web Browser And Email Client - 3
  3. This will further open up more menus, but you might be interested in the General tab same as before.
  4. Click on the ‘Default Email Reader‘ option on the General tab and select your preferred email application.Change Web Browser And Email Client - 4
  5. Restart your Mac if needed.

Good going! Now you know how you can change your default web browser and email clients on a device running OS X macOS! If you guys have any issues regarding the procedure, the comments section is where we’re at!