(Pocket-lint) – For many, Google Chrome is the only web browser worth using. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you’ll be glad to know that downloading and installing it on your Mac is incredibly easy and quick. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps so you can finally drop Safari or Mozilla or whatever for Chrome.
Here’s how to get Chrome Browser on your Mac
If you use Chrome on your Android phone or tablet, or iPhone or iPad, you might want to use it on your laptop or Mac too. It seamlessly syncs your bookmarks, passwords, settings and open tabs across all your devices. You can literally pick up where you left off, which means you can start browsing on your iPhone and then switch to your Mac and access your open tabs. In addition, many benchmarking tests have shown that Chrome is the fastest browser available. There is little reason not to use it. Unless, of course, you have a problem with Google and its data collection practices. But that’s another article.
Download and install Chrome on your Mac
Google’s Chrome browser is not preinstalled on a Mac. You have to download it, which means you have to open another web browser to go to Google’s website and download it. Ironic right?
- Open Safari or another web browser on your Mac.
- Navigate to google.com/chrome.
- click Download Chrome.
- If the download did not start, click download Chrome in the corner of the screen.
- Click Accept and Install and wait for the download to complete.
- Once Chrome finishes downloading, your Mac’s Downloads folder will jump into the Dock.
- Go to Download and double-click on the file called googlechome.dmg.
- This will open a disk image. In the pop-up window, drag the Google Chrome icon towards application folder.
- That’s it! chrome is now installed on your Mac.
When you first open Chrome, your Mac will ask if you want to open the app. Click Open and make sure you sign in to your Google account. If prompted, make Chrome your default browser.
Would you like to know more?
Google has a support page that explains how to install Chrome: Download and install Google Chrome.
Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, and yet we often forget what it can do because we use it so much. Chrome, of course, lets you browse pages, but it’s also full of hidden hacks that can essentially streamline your internet browsing experience and digital life. From simple tricks that let you send email from Omnibar (the Chrome name for the address bar) to extensions that let you save images to Pinterest without ever having to go to Pinterest.com, Chrome has everything you could possibly need or want. Just check out Pocket-lint’s guide: Google Chrome tips and tricks: Rule your desktop browser.
Written by Maggie Tillman.