Fix Mozilla Firefox Can’t Be Set As Default Browser Issue in Windows 10

Mozilla Firefox is quite a popular browser among the major names and therefore, many users want to set it as the default browser. Setting it as the default browser, allows web links or web documents to open in the Firefox browser automatically. So, that you don’t have to select the browser each time while opening a website link or document.



However, things can get awry at times, and how hard you try, the Mozilla Firefox¬† can’t be set as a default browser in your Windows 10 system. But, the good thing is, this issue can be fixed. Let’s see how.

 

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

 

Step 1: Go to the Start button on your desktop and type Command Prompt in the search field. Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator to open Command Prompt in admin mode.

 

Click Windows Icon, Type Command Prompt, Right Click And Click On Run As Administrator

 

Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type the below command and hit Enter:

 



"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe" /SetAsDefaultAppGlobal

 

Command Prompt Admin Mode Run Command Enter

 

Step 3: Now, go to the Start button on your desktop, click on it, and select the Settings option from the context menu.

 

Desktop Start Settings

 

Step 4: In the Settings window, click on Apps.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 5: Next, click on Default apps on the left, and on the right side of the pane, go down and click on the Web browser section. Select Firefox from the options to set as default browser.

 

Default Apps Click To Select Browser Firefox

 

You have successfully set Firefox as the default web browser, but if this doesn’t work, you can try the 2nd method.

 

Method 2: Reinstall Firefox

 

Step 1 – Press Windows key and R key together from keyboard to open RUN command box

Type appwiz.cpl in it and click OK

Appwiz Cpl

 

Step 2: This will take you to the Programs and Features window in the Control Panel. Now, look for Mozilla Firefox in the list of programs, right-click on it, and click on Uninstall to remove the app.

 

Programs And Features Mozilla Firefox Uninstall

 

Now, reinstall Firefox and change the browser to Firefox through Default Settings.

 



Trying a different default for once

 

Step 1: Go to Default apps option in Settings and change the browser to any other browser first. For instance, we changed it to Google Chrome here.

 

Default Apps Web Browser Google Chrome

 

Step 2: Now, again change the browser back to Firefox.

 

Again Change It Back To Firefox

 

That’s it. Your problem should be solved now, and you can use the Firefox as default browser now.



1 thought on “Fix Mozilla Firefox Can’t Be Set As Default Browser Issue in Windows 10”

  1. I had this issue where firefox didn’t show up in the “Default apps” windows for over a year now.
    I tried everything I could find but nothing worked.

    But in the end, a single line command did the trick…

    Can you explain what was the problem, what the command do and why it worked ?
    Thanks !

    Regards.

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