Windows 11 made changing your default browser a tiring task, but with the new update, changing this setting has become quite easy. Now Google Chrome is rolling out the ability to be your default browser on Windows with one click .
Summarizing the situation so far, Windows 11 first debuted with a new default browser setting method. Instead of choosing a default for all browser-related tasks, Microsoft had brought it to the point where users had to manually select their default browser for nearly everything, including every file type a browser opened.
This was clearly a move to keep users in Microsoft Edge , the default browser in Windows 11, as much as possible . Following the backlash, Microsoft reverted to Windows 10’s default browser switching method, allowing users to switch browsers with one click from the Settings menu.
The current method in both OS versions is to go to Settings > Applications > Default Applications , and then you have to select the browser and set it as default. But now Google Chrome is adding support to change the default browser on Windows without leaving the browser .
— Leopeva64 (@Leopeva64) August 7, 2022
New Feature Detected in Developer Version of Google Chrome
After first being spotted on Chromium Gerrit a few weeks ago , the latest version of Google Chrome for Windows has added new support for automatically changing your default browser with one click. Leopeva64 shared this change on Twitter.
However, it’s important to note that this is currently only released in Chrome Dev and requires version 106.0.5231.2 . Currently, the stable version of Google Chrome is 104.0.5112.81 , but if all goes well, this feature is expected to reach everyone in just a few weeks.
Although this “change the default browser with one click” is possible with Chrome for now, we can say that other browsers will also use the factors that make this possible. Therefore, even if you are using a browser other than Google Chrome, it will apparently be easier to change your default browser in the future.