Change the default browser to Android (Xiaomi and other brands)

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The possibility of change default apps on android, like the browser or the mail manager, it is one of the functions of the operating system most appreciated by users. So much so that even Apple has copied it to iOS 14.

Thanks to this feature, you can choose from the hundreds of web browsers for Android that exist in Google Play and set your favorite as the default for open all web pages within it.


And, despite being the most popular, not everyone wants to use Google Chrome as a browser or Google as a search engine. If this is your case, today we explain how change the default browser on your mobile.


Android allows you to use any browser as a default.

How to change the default browser on Android

Before continuing, you need to have a browser downloaded via Google Play which you can set as default, like Firefox or Chrome. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Firefox
  • Board
  • Brave navigator
  • Opera

If you already have a alternative browser to Chrome or the one included by default on your mobile phone, the steps to follow to choose it as default are as follows:

  1. Access the System Settings application and go to the «Applications» section.
  2. Tap the options menu and choose the "Default apps" option.
  3. Tap "Browser" and select the option corresponding to the browser you want to use as the default.

How to change the default browser on Xiaomi

Although the process is similar on most mobiles, some brands slightly change the way they access the default apps menu. This is the case with Xiaomi.



If you have a Xiaomi mobile with MIUI 11 or an earlier version, you can change the default browser following these steps:

  1. Enter the system settings and go to the «Apps» section.
  2. Select the "Installed apps" option and tap the settings icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap «Default applications» and choose the desired option in the «Browser» section.

How to change the default browser on Samsung

Samsung is one of the brands that keeps the original method to change the default apps. Therefore, the steps to follow are the same as for "stock" Android:

  1. Enter Settings and go to the «Applications» section.
  2. Tap the options icon and choose the "Default apps" option.
  3. Choose the "Browser" option and select the option corresponding to the browser you want to use as the default.

How to change the default browser on Huawei?

If you use a cellphone Huawei with EMUI, you can too change the default apps, including the browser app. The process is as simple as in other brands:

  1. Go to “Settings · and tap the“ Applications ”menu.
  2. Within the menu, tap the 'Default applications' submenu.
  3. Tap "Browser" and choose the browser you want to use as your default.

Bonus: how to change the default browser on your Windows PC


You can change the default browser on your Windows 10 PC.

Android isn't the only operating system that allows you to change your default web browser. On your PC Windows 10, you can too set up Chrome, Edge, Firefox or any other browser to access the Internet as your default browser. To do this, follow these steps:


1 Open the Settings application and click on «Applications».

  1. Tap "Default Applications" and click on the "Web Browser" section.
  2. Select the browser app to set it as default.

Setting one browser or another as the default involves several things. The most important thing is that any links you receive, for example via WhatsApp, they will open directly in the browser you have chosen instead of the default one.

On the other hand, be aware that some applications have their own built-in browser and it is possible that some links open directly in these browsers.

In addition to the browser, Android also allows you to change the home app, mail, phone, messages or virtual assistant. Either way, the process will be the same.

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