How to Make Brave Browser Default on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to install and make Brave their default web browser on Windows 11. Brave is a favorite web browser for lots of users around the world and many of these folks would rather use Brave than Chrome or Edge.

Brave is a privacy focus web browser that blocks ads and trackers that slow you down and invade your privacy online. For privacy minded people, Brave is the the most secure way to browse.

The default web browser in Windows 11 is the new Microsoft Edge browser. Most people might not realize that the new Edge is better and more useful than the old one, and may not be opened to using it, and instead are switching to Brave or another browser make it their default browser.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Windows computer to use, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and was released on October 5, 2021.

To get started with making Brave your default web browser, follow the steps below.

Set Brave as default web browser on Windows 11

By default, the new Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 11. To configure Brave as default and always use it as your preferred browser, follow the steps below.

This post assumes that Brave is already installed on your computer. If not, go and download Brave using the link below.

Download Brave | Brave Browser

Once downloaded, install it and continue below to make it your default web browser on Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, select Default apps on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 default apps

When Default apps settings opens, use the search box and type Edge to search for the default app for applications.

Microsoft Edge will appear in the result below. Click on Microsoft Edge.

windows 11 switch from edge

The next page will list all the default file types and link types that Edge is the default for. Simply select each types and switch from Edge to Brave.

windows 11 switch to chrome list

When you select Microsoft Edge, a pop out window will prompt you to check out Edge before switching. If you still want to switch, click Switch anyway.

make firefox default on windows 11

For each file type, choose Brave to be the default, then click OK to confirm and switch.

install and make brave default browser

Sometime, when you select a file extension, you won’t see Brave right away to switch to. Click on the More app link to show hidden Brave.

make brave default more apps

When you’re done, each file type should be switched to Brave.

brave is windows 11 default browser

That should be it! Brave should now be the default web browser for Windows 11.


This post showed you how to set Brave as the default web browser in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. I couldn’t swap to Brave for all of them. Some, like Microsoft-Edge-Holographic, asked to look for the app in a Microsoft store which opens to lots of apps. Is there a way to find it there without having to go thru all the apps?
    I am on Lenovo with the latest update of Edge.

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