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Chrome and the manufacturer’s own internet browser come pre-installed on Android devices. However, if you prefer Firefox, you can install it and make it the default browser on your Android device. You can install multiple browsers on your Android device, but none is the default browser until you set one. For example, you’re asked which browser you want to use when tapping on a link in an email or text message.

The procedure for setting the default browser is different depending on the Android device you’re using. Today, we’ll show you how to make Firefox the default browser on Google, Samsung, and LG devices running Android Nougat.

Make Firefox The Default Browser On a Google Device

If you’re using a Google Android device, swipe down once from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon.

Tap the Settings icon on a Google device

On the “Settings” screen, tap “Apps“.

Tap Apps in Settings on a Google device

Next, tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the “Apps” screen.

Tap Settings icon on Apps screen on a Google device

The “Browser app” option on the “Configure apps” screen, will either say there’s “No default Browser” or it will show the name of the current default browser, such as Chrome. To change the default browser, tap “Browser app“.

Tap Browser app on a Google device

Tap “Firefox” on the “Browser app” dialog box.

Select Firefox as the default browser on a Google device

Firefox is now the default browser app.

Firefox set as the default browser on a Google device

Make Firefox The Default Browser On a Samsung Device

The process for selecting a default browser on a Samsung device is like the process on a Google device, but there are some differences.

Swipe down twice from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon.

Tap the Settings icon on a Samsung device

In the list of options on the left, under “Settings“, tap “Apps“.

Tap Apps in the Settings app on a Samsung device

Next, tap the menu button (three vertical dots) above the “Apps” list.

Tap the menu button on the Apps screen on a Samsung device

Tap “Default apps” on the pop-up menu.

Tap Default apps on a Samsung device

Next, tap “Browser app” under “Default Apps”.

Tap Browser app on a Samsung device

Tap “Firefox” on the “Browser app” dialog box.

Tap Firefox on the Browser app dialog box on a Samsung device

Firefox is now the default browser app.

Firefox set as the default browser on a Samsung device

Make Firefox The Default Browser On a LG Device

If you’re using an LG Android device, swipe down twice from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon.

Tap the Settings icon on an LG device

On the “Settings” screen, tap “Application Manager“.

Tap Application manager on an LG device

Next, tap the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap the menu button in the Application manager on an LG device

Tap “Configure apps” on the pop-up menu.

Tap Configure apps on an LG device

The “Browser app” option on the “Configure apps” screen, will either say there’s “No default Browser” or it will show the name of the current default browser, such as Chrome. To change the default browser, tap “Browser app“.

Tap Browser app on Configure apps screen on an LG device

Tap “Firefox” on the “Browser app” dialog box.

Tap Firefox on the Browser app dialog box on an LG device

Firefox is now the default browser app.

Firefox as the default browser on an LG device

Reset The Default Browser

You can reset the default browser to none, if you want to choose which browser to use each time. This procedure is the same on Google, Samsung, and LG devices with some minor differences.

To begin, swipe down once or twice (depending on the device) and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon. Next, tap “Apps” on a Google or Samsung device, or “Application manager” on an LG device. On the “Apps” screen, tap “Firefox“.

Tap Firefox on the Apps screen

Next, tap “Open by default” on a Google or LG device, or “Set as default” on a Samsung device.

Tap Open by default

Then, tap “Clear Defaults“.

Tap Clear Defaults

The app screen for Firefox will say “No defaults set“.

No defaults set

Now, you are asked which browser app you want to use when you perform an action that involves a browser app, such as tapping a link.

A browser app is suggested on the pop-up dialog box that displays. Tap “Just Once” if you want to use that app this time, but not every time. If you want to make that browser app the default browser, tap “Always“.

Other browser apps installed on your device are listed under “Use a different app”. Swipe up to see the rest of the list and tap on an app to open it. The chosen app will be used this time, but you’ll be asked again next time which app you want to use.

Open with dialog box

When you install another browser on your Android device, the default browser will be reset to “No default Browser“. Follow these instructions again to set your default browser to Firefox, if you so choose.

Do you use Firefox on your Android device? What’s your favorite browser on your Android device? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.