Set the default email app or web browser on your Mac

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

Mail is the default email app and Safari is the default web browser on your Mac. If you install other email apps or web browsers, you might want to set them to open when you click an email link or web link.

How to set a default email app

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click General.
  4. Choose you email app from the ”Default email reader” pop-up menu.

How to set a default web browser

  1. From the Apple menu (), choose System Preferences, then click General.
  2. Choose your web browser from the ”Default web browser” pop-up menu.

If you're using OS X Mavericks or earlier, follow these steps instead:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. From the Safari menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click General.
  4. Choose your web browser from the ”Default web browser” pop-up menu.
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