How to change my Ubuntu browser (for beginners)

Let’s put it this way: you just decided to leave Windows to switch to Ubuntu. You find yourself with an unfamiliar environment and an operating system that uses Firefox as its default browser, when all you want is to use Chrome, Opera or any other browser. The problem with being a switcher, we change the system we change, is that everything is somewhere else. So how do you change the default browser in Ubuntu?

If, for example, we want to use Chrome instead of Firefox, we more than likely want Chrome to open. every time we click on a link, No? To install it, the first thing we will do is go to its official website, which we will download, install and then use. If we want to use it by default, just opening it will ask us if we want it to be our default browser or not. If we are clear we just have to tell him yes. But what if at first we weren’t clear, we told him no and now we want to change it? Well we have to do it from System Settings.

How to configure a browser to open by default when clicking on links

The process is very simple but, like everything in life, you need to know the way. We will do it as follows:

  1. In the sidebar, click System configuration. If for some reason we don’t have it here, either because we told you not to keep it on the launcher or for some other reason, all we have to do is press the Windows key, look for “system settings” (no you need to write it all down) and click on its icon when it appears on the screen.

Open System Settings


  1. Once opened, we click on Details.

System configuration

  1. In the new window you will see that the default applications. Here we just have to display the “Web” menu and choose the browser we prefer. Easy, right?

default applications

As you can see, there are many things in Ubuntu that are no more difficult than in any other system. If I’m honest, I must admit that in my “Details” I do not think the best section where to put this option, but once we know, we will have no problem finding it.

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