How to Quickly Change the Default Browser in Outlook

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Key notes

  • Microsoft forces you to open the web links in Outlook using Edge browser even if you have a default browser selected.
  • However, you can change that by using Outlook Options on newer Outlook versions.
  • Keep reading to learn the detailed steps!

By default, when you click on a link in the Outlook app, it opens in your default system browser. If you want to open email links in another browser by default, you must change a few options.

Below, we’ve listed the steps to do just that for Windows 11, Windows 10, and even your mobile devices.

What does changing the default browser do?

  • Customizes your link-handling experience on Outlook.
  • Allows you to use your preferred web browser to open when you click a link or a document.
  • Fixes issues like hyperlinks not working in Outlook.

How do I change my default browser in Outlook?

1. Use the Outlook Options (Outlook 365 and Outlook 2019, & Outlook 2016)

  1. Press the Windows key, type outlook, and click Open. Outlook Start menu open Quickly Change the Default Browser in Outlook?
  2. Go to File.File menu
  3. Click Options to open the Outlook Options window.Outlook Start menu open Quickly Change the Default Browser in Outlook?
  4. Go to Advanced, locate File and browser preferences for Open hyperlinks from Outlook in, and select the browser from the drop-down. For older versions of Outlook, look for the Link Handling option instead.Outlook settings - Quickly Change the Default Browser in Outlook
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

2. Use the Settings app (Older versions of Outlook)

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to Apps, then select Default apps.Apps - Default apps - Change the Default Browser in Outlook?
  3. Locate the web browser from the list of apps.Select Google Chrome
  4. Click the Set default button to change the default browser on Windows 11.Set as default

You can use any of the above methods to change the default web browser in the Outlook app on your Windows 10 PC as well.

If you often use Microsoft Outlook to handle email messages, making it the default email client on Windows 11 can streamline the email management process.

3. On an Android device

  1. Open the Settings app from the home screen.Settings icon Android
  2. Go to Apps.Apps
  3. Click Default apps.Default apps
  4. Tap on the Browser app.Browser apps
  5. Choose the preferred one.Chrome - Change default browser on Outlook

4. On an iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app from the home screen.iPhone settings - Default browser on Outlook change
  2. Locate and tap the preferred browser from the list.Select Browser
  3. On the next screen, tap the Default Browser app option.Default browser app
  4. Now tap on the browser you want to choose.Choose the browser

Testing your new default browser setting in Outlook

Once you have selected the new default web browser for Outlook, launch Outlook, open an email with a link, click on the link, and check if it opens in the preferred web browser. If not, restart Outlook and try again.

You can follow the same steps on your mobile device. If it doesn’t work, try redoing the steps above or leave us a comment in the section below and we’ll try to guide you.

More about the topics: Outlook Guides