Quick. Name the Mac’s default browser. If you answered Safari, you’re probably correct. Probably? Probably, yes. But there is a way to change the default browser to something else; Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, or whatever.
Apple makes it officially, uh, not too difficult. First, open System Preferences, click on the first icon, the one marked General. Then select the browser you want to use as the default by clicking the pop down menu next to Default Web Browser. Free and easy, right? But there’s a better way.
Default Browser When?
Apple has a vested interest in having Safari as the default browser, but recognizes that Mac users have different tastes and needs, and Apple’s browser is not a once-size-fits-all app. Here’s how to change Safari to Chrome or Firefox or whatever else you use and do so according to a schedule.
Easy enough, right?
For a couple of bucks beyond free there’s Browserism, a Mac utility which lets you choose whichever browser you want as the default browser, whenever you want. Automatically.
From the Mac’s Menubar, click to select Safari or any one of four other Mac web browsers. That click creates the default browser, so it’s faster and easier than using System Preferences, but there’s something more.
Browserism’s Preferences let you set a schedule to change the default browser. Use Safari at home, or Chrome at work according to a daily schedule (weekdays or everyday). Settings also let you swap out different browsers.
That makes Browserism a handy utility for road warriors who use different browsers at different times during the day. Not bad for a couple of dollars.