How to Make Brave the Default Web Browser on Mac

As the Brave web browser grows in popularity, both Brave users and privacy-focused Mac users may wish to set the macOS default web browser to Brave. It’s super easy to do on Mac, so let’s see how it works.


If you’re unfamiliar, Brave is another cross-platform web browser option, but what makes Brave unique is its focus on privacy, with a variety of privacy-focused features. This includes things like built-in tracker blocking and ad blocking, which not only can help protect your privacy on the web, but can also really speed up the web browsing experience, because a bunch of things superfluous are not loaded. The Brave browser is based on Chromium, which is the open source version of Chrome, but it has been modified enough to make it a unique browser and to remove the tracking components and ads allowed in Chrome.

Obviously you will have to get Brave browser from https://brave.com before you can use it as the default web browser on a Mac, do so first if you haven’t already and are interested in this topic.

Make Brave the default web browser in macOS via System Preferences

You can set Brave as the default browser directly through System Preferences:

  1. Pull down the  Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”
  2. Select “General”
  3. Find “Default Web Browser” and click the selection menu, choosing “Brave” as the web browser to become the default on the Mac
  4. Make Brave the Default Mac Web Browser

Now, any links opened from other apps on the Mac will automatically launch in Brave, rather than Safari (or whatever your default browser is, if you changed it previously.)

Set Brave as Default Web Browser in macOS via Brave

You can also set Brave as your default browser directly from the Brave browser itself. When you first launch the application, it will give you the option, otherwise follow these steps:

  1. Pull down the “Brave” menu from Brave and go to “Preferences”
  2. Under the “Getting Started” tab, choose “Default”
  3. Make Brave the Default Web Browser on Mac

All links on Mac will now redirect to the Brave browser.

If at any time you want to switch back to Mac’s default browser, Safari, you can easily do so via System Preferences > General > Default Web Browser > Safari.

Brave is also available to set as the default browser on iPhone and iPad if you want to be consistent across all platforms. Brave is also available for Windows, if you also have or use a PC.

Are you using Brave as the default web browser for Mac? What do you think?


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Steven L. Nielsen