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How To Add Google to Your Favorites on a MacBook

Google On  A Macbook

Do you use Google often and don’t like searching for it every time on your Mac? Fortunately, you can access it quickly by adding it to your Favorites.

Quick Answer

To add Google to your Favorites on your Mac, launch Safari and go to the Google website. Click “Bookmarks” in the toolbar and select “Add bookmark”. In the pop-up window, select “Favorites” in the drop-down list, and click “Add”.

To help you with this task, we have written an extensive guide on how to add Google to Favorites on Mac, with straightforward instructions. We will also discuss downloading Google Chrome, setting it as the default browser, and what to do if you can’t find Favorites on your Mac.

Adding Google to Your Favorites on Your Mac

If you don’t know how to add Google to Favorites on your Mac, our following 2 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task without difficulty.

Method #1: From the Bookmarks

With these simple steps, you can easily add Google to your Favorites on the Safari web browser on Mac. 

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Go to the Google website.
  3. Click “Bookmarks” in the toolbar.
  4. Click “Add bookmark”.
  5. In the pop-up window, select “Favorites” from the drop-down list.
  6. Click “Add”, and you’re done.

Method #2: From the Smart Search Field

To add Google to your Mac Favorites, you can do so from the Smart Search field in the following way.

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Search for the Google website.
  3. Click the “+” icon at the end of the search field.
  4. Click “Favorites” to add Google to your Favorites.
  5. Alternatively, hold and drag the website URL to the Favorites near the top of the window, the folder on the sidebar, or the start page.
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Downloading Google Chrome on Your Mac

If you want to search online regularly through Google right from the get-go, you can download the Chrome app on your Mac so that Google Search always opens whenever you launch the browser. 

  1. Launch Safari and open the Chrome download website.
  2. Click “Download Chrome”, and once it’s completed, you will be redirected to a page that says, “Thank you for downloading Chrome!”
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  3. Double-click the download file to open a new window with the Google Chrome icon next to the Application folder icon.
  4. Drag the Chrome icon into the Applications icon to add it.
  5. Open the “Applications” folder and double-click Google Chrome.
  6. Select “Open” if prompted for your action confirmation.  

Now, the default Google Search will open on your Mac, and that’s about it!

Making Google Chrome Your Default Browser

Once you have downloaded Google Chrome on your Mac, you can make it your default browser in a few quick steps to save yourself the trouble of opening it from your Safari Favorites with these methods.

Method #1: Using Mac Settings

If you wish to make Google Chrome your default browser, do these steps on your Mac.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Open System Preferences.
  3. Click “General”.
  4. Select “Google Chrome” from the drop-down menu next to the “Default web browser” option.
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Method #2: Using Google Chrome Settings

With these steps, you can also set Google Chrome as your default browser on your Mac using the browser’s settings.

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click “Chrome” in the toolbar to open a drop-down menu.
  3. Open System Preferences.
  4. Click “Make default” under the “Default browser” section.
  5. Click “Use Chrome” in the new pop-up window, and you’re done.
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What To Do if You Can’t Find Favorites on Your Mac

If you cannot find the websites on your Favorites on Mac, try our quick troubleshooting methods to resolve this issue.

Method #1: Turning On iCloud

To display your Favorites from all your iOS devices on your Mac, you need to turn on iCloud using these steps.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Open System Preferences.
  3. Open “Apple ID”.
  4. Select “iCloud”.
  5. Check the “Safari” box to let your Favorite bookmarks sync on your Mac.
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Method #2: Updating Your Mac

If you haven’t updated your Mac in a while, do so using the steps to restore your Favorites.

  1. Click the Apple icon to open a menu.
  2. Click “System Settings”.
  3. Click “General”.
  4. Select “Software Update”.
  5. Click “Upgrade Now” if a new update is available to get your Favorites back on your Mac.
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Method #3: Restarting Your Mac

When facing issues with Favorites such as Google on your Mac, simply restarting the device in the following way can also eliminate the issue.

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Click “Restart”.
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  3. Alternatively, press the power button for a few seconds to turn off your Mac and then turn it on again.
  4. Check if you can find your Favorites on Safari.


In this guide, we have discussed how to add Google to Favorites on Mac. We have also discussed downloading Google Chrome, different methods to set it as the default browser, and a few troubleshooting methods if you can’t find the Favorites on your Mac.

Hopefully, your query has been resolved, and you can easily access Google to search for anything online quickly.

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