How to change default web browser and email app on Mac OS X

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How to change default web browser and email app on Mac OS X
How to change default web browser and email app on Mac OS X

Safari and Mail are the default web browser and email client, respectively, on a Mac.

There is no second thought to the fact that Safari has an elephantine userbase the world over, but, over time, you might just get freaked out of the two, reason not really counting on here.

So, just in case you wish to switch your default web browser and email app on your Mac with some other option then here’s how to go about things:

1. Change your default web browser
Safari is not the only web browser to rely on. There are multiple options available for the Mac platform.

To set a web browser as your default web launcher on Mac, make sure it is installed on your Mac in the first place; then follow the steps below:

For OS X Yosemite
Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > General. Now click Default Web Browser pop-up menu and select the web browser you want to set as default web launcher.

For OS X Mavericks or earlier

Open Safari from the Launchpad, Applications folder or Dock, then select Preferences from the Safari Menu and click the General button. Now click Default web browser pop-up menu and select the web browser you want to use as your default one.

2. Change your default email app
The default email client in Mac OSX is the Mail app, and it is pretty good to go with. Even then, if you want to change your default email client to some other app then it’s as easy as anything.

Open Mail from the Launchpad, Applications folder or Dock, select Preferences from the Mail Menu and click General button. Now click Default email reader pop-up menu and select your desired email app that you want to use as your default one.

Note: If the mail app you want to choose is not available in the list, you can go to Select > Applications > Folder and select it manually.

Now your preferred app will be launched each time you click an email link.

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