Windows comes with Edge as its default browser. Although it has made rapid strides over the years—overtaking Safari as the second most popular desktop web browser—Google Chrome still dominates the market by a considerable margin.
That’s good news for you, though, as you don’t have to stick with the default or only the most popular browsers like Chrome. You can and should try your hand at a variety of browsers, especially these days, where almost all the big tech companies are collecting and selling your data to advertisers. Brave, Firefox, and Tor Browser are some of the most obvious options to pick from.
So, how do you change your default Windows 11 browser? Let’s find out.
How to Change the Default Browser on Windows 11
Like its predecessors, Microsoft has set Edge as its default browser for Windows 11 computers. But with a simple tweak from the Settings, you can change that around. Here’s how.
Go to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the best match. Alternatively, press Win + I. On the Settings menu, select the Apps option and click on Default apps.
Now search for the browser you’d like to use, and click on it to see the options you can choose from. Finally, click on Set default to set up this browser as your default browser.
In our case, for example, we’ve changed our default browser to Mozilla Firefox.
An Alternate Way to Change Your Browser
For most Windows users, the above method will suffice and get your work done easily. But on rare occasions, like anything tech, it might fail on you; this is where you might’ve to try to an alternate hack. Here’s what you can do.
Go to the settings page of the individual browser you’d like to set up as the default browser and make the relevant tweaks from there. If you’re using the Brave browser, for example, simply click on the settings from the top-right corner (three dashes), and select the Settings option.
Now select Get started and click on the Make default option put in front of the Default browser. That’s it. Brave will be your default browser from now.
Similarly, if you’re on Firefox, click on the Settings option of the browser, go to General settings page, and click on Make Default to set Firefox as your default browser.
You can do this with any other browser—the underlying process will be the same.
Which Browser Should You Swap To?
So now you know that you can change Windows 11’s default browsers, alongside the process to do so. However, what are some good browsers you can swap to?
People typically go for one of the larger browsers; those are Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. However, they’re by no means the only browsers out there that you can try.
For example, if you’re big on security and privacy, you can pick an open-source browser so you’re never caught unawares by a hidden process. And there are plenty of free anonymous browsers that hide your presence online and protect your privacy.
Changing the Default Browser on Windows 11
So, that’s all about changing your default Windows browser, folks. Any method from above should get you to tweak your default browser easily, and help you change your settings with ease. Microsoft ships your Windows with many default programs, but like with the browser, you don’t have to settle with them.
It’s no secret how resource-intensive some of the mainstream browsers tend to be. If your computer is on the lower end of memory resources, make sure you check out more lightweight options first.