How to Change Browsers on Windows 11
Every company, whether it’s Microsoft or Google, likes their browser to be the default browser for Windows. In fact, users are offered lucrative advantages in switching browsers. And it’s also not nice for someone to take over browser settings. In this post, we will share how you can change the default browser. Windows 11 .
How to Change the Default Browser in Windows 11
Windows 11, unlike its predecessor, offers a rather tricky way to completely replace the default browser. While it’s easy to set the default browser, changing the default app to open PDF or clicking an app’s link etc. The rest of the part is difficult. In this example, I’m switching from Edge to Chrome.
It is best to set the browser as default during installation
The easiest way to change the default browser is to install the new browser first and it will automatically ask you to set it as the default browser.
It will instantly open the default apps settings.
However, if you search for it, you should instantly see Chrome as the default browser. But it doesn’t end here.
- To see a list of default apps for a file or link type, go to Windows Settings > Apps > Default apps.
- The name of the default browser in the search box, for example Microsoft Edge
- Click to open detailed settings offering all extensions.
- Here you can change any associated file extensions that you want to open with the new default browser.
- List includes HTML, pdf, shtml, svg, webp, xht, FTP, HTML and HTTPS and HTTPS
Microsoft has made it difficult to change the default browser in Windows 11. You can do this, but more steps are required to cover every aspect related to browsers.
However, if you want to keep it simple, find the HTTPS connection type from the list and click it. It then displays a list of browsers found on the PC. Most links these days are HTTPS and will open in the Chrome browser no matter what app or page you click on the link.
That’s how things are currently done in Windows 11. Instead of seeing that pop-up, most web browsers will prompt you to head open the Default Apps section of Settings, where you will need to choose which web browser you’d like to use for each file type listed (the default on each will be, of course, Microsoft Edge). To get to this settings page yourself, just head to Settings > Apps > Default Apps.
Why does Windows keep changing my default browser?
This usually happens when Windows or another browser prompts it and you click on it without much thought. It could also be a software or extension you recently installed with an incognito option to change the default browser. You need to uninstall these software or be wary of such suspicious activity.
I hope the post was helpful and you were able to change the default browser in Windows 11. One of the biggest problems with the app is that while Microsoft Edge is easily set as the default browser, it is not the same as other browsers. While it’s a one-click install for Edge, Windows makes it harder for all other browsers.