Changing your settings and managing your storage space are two things that almost every Mac owner will encounter over the course of using their computer.
One setting involves the browser homepage that appears when you first launch Safari on your Mac.
When you open the Safari browser on your Mac, it is likely opening to whatever page you had previously set as your homepage. But if you find that your first step when using Safari involves navigating to Google, then it might make more sense to set Google as your homepage instead.
Our tutorial below will show you where to find the Safari setting that determines the homepage that is used. You can then choose whether you want Safari to open to your Homepage in new windows, new tabs, or both.
How to Set Google as Homepage on Safari
- Open Safari.
- Click Safari, then Preferences.
- Choose General.
- Enter https://www.google.com in the Homepage field.
- Click Change Homepage.
Our guide continues below with additional information and pictures of these steps.
How to Set Google As Your Home Page in Safari (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on a MacBook Air using the macOS High Sierra operating system. By following the steps in this guide you will change the settings for Safari so that it opens to Google when you launch the browser.
Step 1: Open Safari.
Step 2: Click Safari at the top of the screen, then choose the Preferences option.
Step 3: Select the General tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click inside the Homepage field, delete the current homepage, then enter https://www.google.com and press Enter on your keyboard.
Step 5: Click the Change Homepage button to confirm that you wish to change your homepage to Google Search.
You may also wish to change the New windows open with and New tabs open with settings to say Homepage if you would like those locations to open to Google.
Note that you can use this method to make anything your homepage in Safari. It could be another Web browser, your email inbox, a favorite site, or anything else you may want. You can even use the “Set to Current Page” option if you wanted to use the tab currently active in Safari.
The Safari browser on the iPhone doesn’t use a homepage, so it’s not possible to set one for that version of Safari.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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