Set the default email app and web browser on your Mac

When you click a link for an email address or a website, your Mac opens the app you've set for that kind of link.

When you first set up your Mac, OS X sets Safari as the default browser for website links and Mail as the default email app. When you install other email and web apps, these settings might change. You can set which app you want to open when you click a link.

Choose your default email application

Use these steps to choose which app opens when you click an email link.

  1. Open Mail from the Applications folder, Dock, or Launchpad.
  2. From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click the General button.
  4. Choose your desired default email application from the "Default email reader" pop-up menu.

Choose your default web browser

Use these steps to choose which app opens when you click a website link.

OS X Yosemite

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences, then click General.
  2. Click the "Default web browser" pop-up menu and choose a web browser, like Safari.

OS X Mavericks or earlier

  1. Open Safari from the Applications folder, Dock, or Launchpad.
  2. From the Safari menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click the General button.
  4. Choose a web browser from the "Default web browser" pop-up menu, like Safari.
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