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How to make Chrome or Firefox default browser on Windows 11

Windows 11 makes it more difficult to change the default browser, but it's not impossible – here's what you need to do.

Windows 11 change default browser

On Windows 11, Microsoft Edge is the default browser experience to navigate the internet, open web links, view PDF files. However, you can change it and make Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox your default browser.

In previous versions, once you installed your preferred web browsing application, you would get an option to switch and make it the default with one click, but that’s no longer the case. Microsoft is more aggressive on Windows 11 to keep you from making Chrome, Firefox, or another browser the system default. However, if Edge isn’t for you, it’s not impossible to change the default browser on Windows 11. You will only need to go through some extra steps.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the default browser on Windows 11. (See also this video tutorial to change the default browser in the Pureinfotech YouTube channel.)

Change default browser on Windows 11

To make Chrome or Firefox the default browser on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Default apps page from the left side.

  4. Select Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, depending on the new default browser you want on Windows 11.

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  5. Click the .htm protocol and select the Switch anyway option to make your preferred browser the new default.

  6. Select the new default browser (Chrome or Firefox) and click the OK button.

    Windows 11 change default browser

  7. Click the .html protocol and select the Switch anyway option to make your preferred browser the new default.

  8. Select the new default browser and click the OK button.

  9. Click the HTTP protocol and select the Switch anyway option to make your preferred browser the new default.

  10. Select the new default browser and click the OK button.

  11. Click the HTTPS protocol and select the Switch anyway option to make your preferred browser the new default.

  12. Select the new default browser and click the OK button.

  13. (Optional) Click the .pdf protocol and select the Switch anyway option to make your preferred browser the new default.

  14. Select the new default browser and click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, Chrome or Firefox will become the new default browser. However, it won’t be the default for everything. Things like web results using Windows Search and links from the Widgets dashboard will continue to open with Microsoft Edge using Bing.

Although this guide is specific to Chrome and Firefox users, the same instructions will work for any web browser, including Opera, Safari, Brave, etc.

If you install Firefox outside the Microsoft Store, then the app will prompt you to make it the new default. When you click the button to switch, the action will set Firefox the new default for .HTM, .HTML, HTTP, and HTTPS file types. However, if you install the browser from the Microsoft Store, you won’t get the option.