How to change the default web browser on Android

We use our web browsers so much throughout the day, whether it’s to look up random lyrics that we can’t place properly, or to bookmark recipes or tips that we can come back to later. And most of us usually accept our Android’s default web browser, which usually is Google Chrome, or Samsung Internet if you have a Samsung device.

But as easy as it is to switch your phone’s default internet browser, you shouldn’t have to settle for a less-than-perfect browser. Google Chrome is an excellent web browser, but there are other more full or private options like DuckDuckGo, Brave, or Vivaldi.

Regardless of which web browser you switch to, do the following.

Here’s how to change your phone’s default web browser

Switching your phone’s default Internet browser only takes a few minutes. It’s important to note that you’ll need to download it from the Google Play Store before a new web browser will show up as an option in your phone’s settings.

Just follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to better browsing.

  1. Open that settings App on your Android smartphone.

  2. From there, tap that Apps Tab.

  3. Now choose Standard apps. If you can’t see this option, you may have to tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner to find it.

  4. Tap on Browser app.

  5. Here, select your chosen web browser from the browsers you downloaded from the Google Play Store, and you’re good to go.

If you have a Samsung phone the instructions will be a little different but still relatively similar.

  1. Open that settings App on your Samsung smartphone.

  2. From there, tap that Apps Then select tab Choose Default Apps.

  3. Tap on Browser app.

  4. Here, select your chosen web browser that you downloaded from the Google Play Store, and you’re done.

How many different web browsers are there?

There are a variety of different web browsers that you can download, but here are some of the most popular:

  • Google Chrome
  • Vivaldi

  • DuckDuckGo

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Brave
  • Opera
  • Firefox

For more information on these, check out our guide to the best Android browsers.

Search the internet according to your needs

Many of the web browsers mentioned above have built-in ad or tracking blockers that can help keep your browsing more private and secure. Some of them focus more on customizing the design or layout of the user interface than on data protection, and some support desktop extensions and add-ons.

So, find out what is important to you when surfing the Internet and choose a default browser according to your needs.

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