FIX: Can’t set Firefox as the default browser in Windows 10

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
3 minute read
windows 10 won't allow firefox as default browser

Even though Microsoft is doing their best to enforce Edge, the majority of users is quite satisfied with what the likes of Chrome and Firefox have to offer. You should be able to choose an alternative browser and set it as your default internet-surfing tool. However, some users reported that they were, after multiple tries, unable to set Firefox as their default browser in Windows 10.

Making the simplest of steps quite a chore. But, it can be fixed and we provided the steps below. If you’re unable to make Firefox your default browser, make sure to follow the instructions we enlisted.

How to set Firefox as the default browser onWindows 10

  1. Change the Default browser in Settings
  2. Reset Settings and assign default programs again
  3. Set Program associations individually
  4. Reinstall Firefox

1: Change the Default browser in Settings

First things first. Even though the default browser can be set within the browser settings, it might fail. It works most of the time, but a safer route is to navigate to Settings. There, you can select Firefox as the default browser. After that, you should be able to open all web links and associated files with Firefox.

Here’s how to tweak settings:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Select Default apps from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down and click on “Web browser“.windows 10 won't allow firefox as default browser
  5. Choose Firefox from the list.

2: Reset Settings and assign default programs again

Is the issue persisting? Don’t worry, there are still a few ways to resolve it. Let’s get back to Settings and reset all default programs to default values. After that, restart your PC. Make sure that you’re using full Mozilla Firefox version which is installed. If it’s some kind of portable Firefox, it won’t create the registry entry. Which means that it can’t be recognized by Windows 10.

Here’s how to reset default programs and re-assign them again, including the browser of choice:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Open Apps.
  3. Select Default apps from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down and click on the “Reset” button.windows 10 won't allow firefox as default browser
  5. Assign all main programs and choose Firefox from the list of available browsers.

3: Set Program associations individually

Beside the global settings for the most common system use (default browser, email client, calendar etc.), there are file associations, as well. You can associate certain program with certain file extensions and they’ll be, by default, accessed with that program solely. In this case, you can assign all relevant extensions to Firefox.

These instructions should show you how:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Open Apps.
  3. Select Default apps from the left pane.
  4. Click on the “Choose default apps by file type“.windows 10 won't allow firefox as default browser
  5. Replace all Edge/Internet Explorer/Chrome associated files with Firefox and confirm changes.

4: Reinstall Firefox

And, finally, reinstallation might help as well. As we already explained, the system creates the registry input when Firefox is installed. However, if the installation get’s corrupt or incomplete, it might skip on listing Firefox as a relevant browser. That’s why you should reinstall it and, after you set it up, check the “Default apps” section again. We suggest installing Firefox in architecture which corresponds to your system architecture.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Hopefully, you were able to assign Firefox as the default browser after these steps. In case you have an alternative solution or something you would add or subtract, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.

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