How to Make Safari Your Default Browser

Choosing a default web browser can sometimes be tricky, especially since you have to consider the privacy, security, and speed when making your choice.

Safari is a web browser developed by Apple for Mac OS X Panther desktop in 2003. Since then, Apple has released the Safari browser for newer versions of Mac OS and IOS. Unfortunately for Windows, Linux, and Android users, Safari is not available for download. Even the one available version for Windows is now outdated.

Safari is undoubtedly an easy-to-use web browser as it comes integrated with Google search engine. It also supports developer tools such as JavaScript. You can read more about JavaScript here. Safari web browser comes already installed on all Apple devices. But just in case you deleted it and need to download it again, here is a link to the latest version available. For all Apple devices, Safari is usually set as the default web browser, offering an exclusive user experience.

Setting Safari as Your Default Web Browser on All Your Apple Devices

In case your Apple device does not have Safari as the default web browser, below are simple steps to follow to make Safari your default web browser. As a bonus, you will enjoy a faster browsing experience that is also secure and private. However, before getting started, you should first confirm whether the Safari web browser is installed on your device.

For Mac OS

When using Mac, there are two different ways to change your default browser. The first one is through system preferences, whereas the second one is through the downloaded web browser settings.

  • How to change your default browser through system preferences

First, head to your screen’s upper left corner and click on the apple icon to reveal the apple menu. When the pop-up dialog box appears, scroll down to ‘System Preferences’ and click on it.  Proceed to select ‘General,’ which is located on the upper left corner. Another pop-up window will appear. Scroll down and search for ‘Default Browser.’ Once you click on it, a third pop-up menu will appear, listing all the browsers already installed on your Mac device. After locating Safari from the list, click on it, and set it as your default web browser. And voila! You can then proceed to close the related tab as you would any other task.

  • How to change your default browser through your Safari browser preferences

If you choose to take the second route instead, go to finder and search for the Safari web browser. Click on the Safari icon that appears to launch the web browser. Once done, click on the word ‘Safari’ located at the top left corner of your screen to reveal the pop-up menu. Once here, look for ‘Preferences’ and click on it. A new tab will pop up labeled as ‘General,’ and on it, you will see ‘Default web browser.’ Click on it to reveal a list of browsers already installed on your device. Once you’ve located your desired web browser, aka Safari, select it to set it as your default browser.

Suppose you were previously using a different browser. In that case, a pop-up dialog box will appear asking you whether you want to make Safari your default browser or if you would like to retain your current default web browser. Given your interest, proceed to choose ‘Safari.’ And your work is done! Proceed to close these open tabs and enjoy your browsing session.

For iPhones and iPads

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, you need not worry about setting up Safari as your default browser. In case you’re wondering why, these Apple devices come with Safari pre-installed and set as the default web browser. So anytime you click a link, it will automatically open using the Safari web browser. Isn’t that just smart?

In Conclusion

Now that you’re all set up, you can expect to enjoy private and secure browsing. Apple has ensured that its Safari browser has all modern privacy and security features built into the web browser. So, what are you waiting for? Whip out your Apple device and surf away without a care in the world!