How to Change Default Browser in Windows 11 [Step-by-Step Guide]

While Windows 11 was released back in October, everyone was interested in the newly designed OS and especially its performance overall. However, there have been a few things that Microsoft added as new features, and some, that have been simply removed. At times, it can be understood why Microsoft has removed a few features away to make room for new ones. However, there has been one particular issue that has been bothering almost everyone. The ability to change default browsers. We did talk about the strange way you would have to go through to change through default web browsers on Windows 11. It sure was a long process and a confusing one for someone who doesn’t use Windows on a regular basis.

Yes, the New and improved Microsoft Edge is a great browser but, there are a lot of people who would love to continue using their favorite browsers. Whether it is Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Brave Browser, or even Opera Web Browser, users need to have a choice to pick their favorite browsers. Read on to know how to change default browser in Windows 11 PC.

It sure is understandable that Microsoft is pushing really hard for their own chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. Considering how Google Chrome has the highest share of web browsers globally, Microsoft wants to see Microsoft’s Edge pick up the pace. Microsoft Edge is no longer that clunky slow web browser that we had seen back during the early days of Windows 10. It is actually a good web browser. But, if users are faithful to one particular browser.

Previously, if you wished to change your default browser, simply clicking on the Set as Default browser would not actually set your favorite browser. Instead to make sure that your favorite browser is the default one you would have to open the Settings app, followed by Apps, and then default apps.

In the case of web browsers, you would have multiple types of file formats and you had to manually choose the web browser. This type of setup by Microsoft made people a ton of people angry. It simply became a way too complex step. Thankfully, Microsoft has listened and taken feedback from everyone and has finally made changes as to how you can set up a default web browser.

How to set Default Browser on Windows 11

Microsoft released a new update on the 28th of this month. The update comes with the build number KB5011563. So, what this update does is now brings a set as default one-click button to the default apps page. This makes things simple and less complicated for everyone. Here is how you can access the Set as Default button.

  1. Considering that you have installed the KB5011563 update, launch the Settings app from the Start menu.
  2. Now, click on the Apps tab that is on the left-hand side of the Settings app.
  3. Next, click on Default apps. You will be taken to a page where you will see a number of apps that have been installed on your Windows 11 PC.
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  4. Scroll through the list till you see your favorite web browser.
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  5. With that done, you will see a button at the top that says Set as Default.
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  6. Simply click on it. That’s it.

Your favorite web browser has now been set up as the default web browser on your Windows 11 PC.


And there you have it. A simple and much easier way to set up the default web browser on your Windows 11 PC. We hope that Micorosft brings in much better and more useful updates that make accessing settings and tools much easier as it will be super helpful for those who aren’t that familiar with using a Windows PC.

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