How to Make Chrome or Firefox Your Default Browser in Windows 10

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Whether you upgraded to Windows 10 or bought a brand new PC with the OS preloaded, you'll notice that Microsoft Edge is the default browser. Your default browser is the one that opens when you click in a link in your email, in the Windows searchbox or in other apps such as your instant messenger so it's very important.

How to Change Your Default Browser in Windows 10

You can change this default to Chrome, Firefox or any other third-party browser, but that's not as easy as it was in Windows 7 and 8 where you could just click a button in the new browser. Here's how to change your default browser in Windows 10.

1. Navigate to Settings. You can get there from the Start menu.

Navigate to settings2.Select System.

Select system3. Click Default apps in the left pane.

 click Default apps4. Click Microsoft Edge under the "Web browser" heading. If there's a different default browser, you'll see that program's icon under "Web browser" instead.

Click Edge5. Select the new browser (ex: Chrome) in the menu that pops up.

select Chrome

You'll see that your new selection is now listed under "Web browser."

New browser is listed

If you decide to change default browsers again, just return to these steps.


Having issues with Windows 10? Our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, has a team of staffers standing by in the forums to answer your questions 24/7.

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  • Carol Ottinger Says:

    Nope. No settings like that on my HP Laptop. Some of them but not the ones I needed and no where on the whole computer is there a way to switch to Chrome. Can't even download Chrome because EDGE kicks me out.

  • NeoGamerX Says:

    These instructions are outdated but are mostly right. Instead of system you go to Apps.

  • nader Says:

    win10 reset default browser and set adge as default. i set chrome as default but windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser.

  • Russell Says:

    No problem making Chrome the default browser in Windows 10. Selecting links in Outlook 2010 opens Chrome. However when you get the message, "If there are problems with how this message is displayed, click here to view it in a web browser," selecting view in browser always brings up Edge even though the default browser is Chrome.

  • Stewart Says:

    The fiz for setting Chrome or Firefox or any third party browser in Windows 10 juat doesn't work, and has never worked, on my HP laptop since installing Windows 10. If I install Waterfox it comes up in the default apps list, but not Firefox. Chrome doesn't come up either. It's as though Microsoft are actively inhibiting them (although why it allows Waterfox is not clear). Any ideas?

  • roscoe Says:

    there is no default app in settings, if it needs setting up differently then maybe u should start there yor genius! thanks for nuttin'

  • Edward Boswell Says:

    The article "How to Make Chrome or Firefox Your Default Browser in Windows 10"
    By Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director | July 31, 2015 02:46 pm
    The article above is no longer valid.
    I don't know if it ever worked, but it does not work any more.

  • Sam12 Says:

    Yes! I am invincible! I couldn't install Chrome using Edge or Windows Explorer so I installed Firefox using Windows Explorer and then installed Chrome using Firefox and it seems to work so far. Then I went into settings - Apps - default apps and made default web browser Chrome (which now shows up as an option as it didn't before).

  • Léderer András Says:

    Chrome doesn't show up at the tab

  • Gene PA Says:

    Tried like the devil to change to Chrome as my browser....
    Said to go tp browsers..and choose CHROME.. Chrome is NOT one of the choices..????

  • Paula Says:

    Thanks! But I don't see the home icon in the Chrome browser to the left of the URL?

  • Marilyn Says:

    THANK YOU!! I appreciate your quick step by step instructions.

  • Parker Says:

    Hey Alan Narrows, you are a ROCK STAR! Your solution worked. Thanks!

  • DabbingShouldDie Says:

    This didn't work for me. Whenever I tried to switch to Chrome using these steps, it stayed with a plus sign saying "Choose a Default".

  • Barb Oaks Says:

    Akan Narrows tip for resetting a default browser worked great!! Thanks!!

  • Jim h Says:

    Didn't work... still pops up edge if you open a url from the start menu...

  • Alan Narrows Says:

    For those having trouble getting it to accept Google Chrome, a workaround I found was to select "Select defaults by app" down at the bottom of the default apps screen. This will open the control panel. Scroll through your apps and select your desired web browser. Select it and choose "Select this program as default". Assuming your using the official version, you should see it now able to open html files, xml files, etc. per it being a web browser.

    Good luck and have a good day!

  • Myrna Says:

    Google Chrome does not show up in box. What next?

  • Jodi Stefano Says:

    this does not work for me I click on google chrome and it will not change

  • John chapman Says:

    MS has now removed the google chrome option and it also not in their store. So how do you get chrome?

  • Steve Says:

    I've done this change over and over since the last windows update and every time I turn off my computer it reverts to microsoft edge

  • Mike Jeung Says:

    However, setting it as the default program in Control Panel did.

  • Mike Jeung Says:

    It doesn't work On my system!!!!

  • len berman Says:

    make google chrome default browser

  • Maureen Says:

    I read all the posts with interest in here, and my desktop works fine with Chrome as that was upgraded from Win 7.

    However, I recently purchased a Lenovo laptop that arrived with Win 10 installed, and this won't even let me download Chrome - or Firefox, my second choice. I really hate this Edge, sure it's fast, but the ads and rubbish that comes with it is shocking. I really need my Chrome - anyone help, or do I send this laptop back? Thanks.

  • Phillip Says:

    I searched the net for several days but nothing worked.

    However, I put Chrome as default browser as per Avram's instructions and it shows in the right place but still will not open!!! Checked numerous times and it is still there as default.
    I had this new PC for 10 days and Chrome opened all that time then suddenly would not open!
    Is this a Microsoft time delay action to thwart Chrome users?
    Anyway, this is the answer and explains a bit more than Firda below.

    Control Panel
    System and Security
    Under Default Programs click Set your default programs.
    Click on Chrome in the big list on the LH side.
    Then click on -> Set this program as default.
    Then click the OK button at the bottom.

    Then click on Chrome wherever you have it - on the Desktop - in the bottom tray - or on the Start page.
    Mine opened up straight away. Phew!

    But will the Microsoft bug change it again in 10 days time?
    Time will tell.

  • Finally Upgraded to Windows 10 Says:

    Firda, et al.,

    Going through the Control Panel worked. Many thanks.

  • Firda Says:

    I used this way but it didn't work; it only shows Windows Edge and Internet explorers which sucks.

    Go to Control Panel, search deafult, and then it will show set deafult programs or something like that. Click on Google Chrome, and click set as deafult. It works well for me.

  • Firda Says:

    I used this way but it didn't work; it only shows Windows Edge and Internet explorers which sucks.

    Go to Control Panel, search deafult, and then it will show set deafult programs or something like that. Click on Google Chrome, and click set as deafult. It works well for me.

  • ChiefMathe Says:

    Jon Mulvaine´s guidance is correct. It worked for me. Thanks Jon.

  • Jon Mulvaine Says:

    Nope. That doesn't work in windows 10. You can, however, from the control panel set chrome as the default app for all things it can open and that will work.

  • Down South Says:

    Changed default browser to Chrome on my new laptop-will not show it though. Only blank page even though when ck my settings, it does show Chrome.

  • akash shahi Says:

    Please help me how to change default app settings in windows 10 phone

  • Lorenzo Says:

    The process you explain plays out to the end but does nothing to keep Microsoft Edge from overriding google, which is clearly listed as the homepage. I'm just going to return the pc and never ever think of buying an Acer product again.

  • Alan Farrow Says:

    much too complicated messing about ,why cant you people make things easier .I am a disabled pensioner and am completely fed up
    with al the rigmarole on this laptop.

  • Nhatsu Wong Says:

    Steven Fielding's tips worked for me.

  • Finally Upgraded to Windows 10 Says:

    I select Chrome as my default browser, but the selection doesn't stick.


    Same here.Why MrPiltch not answering?Pleae help.

  • Sue Ellen Wright Says:

    I tried to go to Control Panel, but when I click the down arrow, the pop-up box does no populate. Otherwise Control Panel utilities seem to be working.

  • Sue Ellen Wright Says:

    I've tried to reset my default browser repeatedly and it doesn't work. Windows Edge remains stubbornly in place, even though I try to select Chrome.

  • Steven Fielding Says:

    This doesn't work. Google Chrome is there to choose but it does not populate in to the field. Instead this works:
    Go to CONTROL PANEL - click the little arrow in the toolbar next to Control Panel and select ALL CONTROL PANEL ITEMS - DEFAULT PROGRAMMES - SET DEFAULT PROGRAMMES. Locate Google Chrome on the list and highlight it. Then SET THIS PROGRAMMES AS DEFAULT.

  • pressefr Says:

    SOLVED: You can't just select Web Browser button, an obvious way to change it. You have to look a few lines down to the last option, "Set defaults by app" and from there select Chrome, and it should pop up in the Web Browser section.

  • Danijel Mladenovic Says:

    Click first on Microsoft Edge(recommended) for web browser in default app, then you can change default app.

  • Daniel Brown Says:

    LEFT CLICK ON BROWSER YOU DON'T WANT. When attempting to set another browser as default instead of MS Edge: MS has set up a counter-intuitive roadblock. You have to LEFT CLICK on the browser you DON'T want to get to the list of possible browsers.

  • Master of Scout Says:

    Thank you, this Windows 10 upgrade had ruined all my links, until now.
    Very helpful and much appreciated.

  • sudeshna Says:

    its still not working. could you please help?

  • Master Dong Says:

    Zachary's method worked for me

  • akabaneyuhi Says:

    I've done it..but the default browser shows no selected app at all

  • scott Says:

    same as below, tried all that, chrome shows but the system will not let me pick it. which is weird because my first load of 10 let me. You have a lot of ppl asking this so please post answer.

  • Lynette Says:

    Did the above to make google chrome my default browser, it does show in the list but will not take the command to become default, will not work - keeps reverting back to edge which I dont want

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