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How to Set Chrome as Default Browser on Windows 11

Microsoft Windows 11 truly wants you to choose the Microsoft Edge web browser over others like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Hence, it has made the default browser switching trickier in the preview release version of Windows 11.

But, if you’re still willing to switch to Google Chrome from Edge and want to know how to set Chrome as the default browser on Windows 11, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading to find some troubleshooting that works like magic.

Illustration of Windows 11 and Google Chrome Logo on a keyboard

How to Set Chrome as Default Browser on Windows 11: Manual Method

Unlike Windows 10, the release version of Windows 11 didn’t allow any quick steps to change the default browser to Google Chrome. When you install Google Chrome on your Windows 11 computer, the app will ask you to set it as default.

Clicking the Set as Default button only takes you to the Default Apps Settings page and nothing further. Instead, follow these steps to set Chrome as the default web browser:

  1. Access Win 11 Start menu and then open Settings.
  2. The Settings app shows all the accessible options on the left-side panel.
  3. There, locate the Apps option and select that.
  4. On the right-side menu of Apps, you’ll find Default Apps, second from the top.
  5. Click on the Default Apps option.
  6. Type Chrome in the Search apps box.
  7. Now, click on Google Chrome.
  8. The next screen will show you link types or file types that you want Chrome to open by default.
  9. Under the .htm file type, click on Chrome and set the app as default for this file.
  10. Repeat the same steps for .html, .shtml, .svg, FTP, HTTP, and HTTPS.

How to set Chrome as default browser on Windows 11 manually

That’s it! The next time you access any of the aforementioned links or protocols from any file, Google Chrome will open. However, Microsoft Edge will still remain the default web browser for Windows Search, and news Widgets.        

How to Set Chrome as Default Browser on Windows 11: On-Click Method

If your Windows 11 computer has received the latest KB5011563 update in late March 2022 or you’re using the latest Windows 11 OS Build 22000.593, you should follow these steps instead:

  1. Open the Settings app from the Windows 11 Start menu.
  2. Click on Apps. You should find it on the left-side panel.
  3. Look for the Default Apps on the right-side panel and click on it.
  4. In the Search apps field, type in Chrome and select it as its logo surfaces.
  5. Select the Set default button appearing in the dialogue box: Make Google Chrome your default browser.
  6. Close the Settings screen if you see a checkmark beside the Set default button.

How to set Chrome as default browser on Windows 11 in one-click

You’re all set up! From now on, whenever you open website links, Google Chrome will open automatically. However, Windows Search and news Widgets will still use Edge as the default web browser.    

Final Words

Now you know the best methods to make Google Chrome the default web browser on Windows 11. If you have updated your existing Windows 11 after March 28th, 2022, you should be able to find the one-click method.

But, if you haven’t updated and don’t want to update any time soon, you may follow the manual method. Try the steps now and enjoy fast and convenient web browsing on Google Chrome.

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