How to change your default browser in Windows 11

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The current process for changing the default apps in Windows 10 is quite simple. When you install a new browser and click a web link in any app, you will be prompted to select a default app.

If you want to change the default app, all you need to do is check the “Always use this app” checkbox and Windows will open any associated links or files using the selected browser.

This was designed with convenience in mind. Most people often forget to click the checkbox. Otherwise, Windows will continue to use the default selection.



Many browsers, such as Chrome, Brave, and Safari, often require users to change their default browser. For example, Chrome has a very convenient setting where it automatically redirects you to the Default apps section on Windows to change your browser's default settings.

If you want to change the default apps, click Search next to the Start icon, then type “default apps”. Select the result and you can easily change the default settings for different files.

How to change your default browser in Windows 11

Here's how you can change the default browser in Windows 11.

  • Go to Start> Settings. Then, select Apps. You can also directly open the Start menu and type “default apps” to find the relevant result.
  • Once the predefined apps, you will see a list of all apps. Windows 11 gives you the option to set default settings for a specific link or file type. Alternatively, you can set the default settings for each application.
  • In this case, you need to find the web browser you want to set as the default for all web-based links.
  • Now, you need to set your browser as the default for each given file and link type individually. It's a hassle, but it's necessary if you want all links or files to open as before.
  • There is so much more. You will also need to select your default web browser individually for all specified links and file types.
  • You can exit the settings once you are done.

Note: As you continue to click on each of these links, you'll get a message from Windows 11, urging you to give Edge a chance. Just click “Switch Anyway” and complete setting the default for each link or file type.



Windows 11 will continue to default to Edge when you click on any web link via Windows Search or one of its navigation widgets.

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