Firefox Hompage and New Tab on Mac

To many people, a browser’s homepage is one of those tiny things you rarely give any attention. But to others, it’s how they start their day or their browsing experience. Whether you use it to catch up on the news, check on your own blog, or start a Google search, you can make your homepage anything you want in Firefox and Chrome.

We’ve already explained how to change your Safari Homepage on Mac and iOS. So here, we’ll help you change your homepage in Firefox and Chrome on Mac. Firefox users can also change their homepage on iPhone, and iPad. (Sorry Chrome fans, you can’t currently change your homepage on iOS.)

Change your homepage in Firefox on Mac

The settings for your homepage are within your Firefox Preferences. So open Firefox on Mac and use either the menu bar or menu button to open Preferences, which opens in a new tab.

1) Click Firefox > Preferences or the menu button on the top right and select Preferences.

2) Choose Home on the left.

3) Under New Windows and Tabs, click the drop-down box next to Homepage and new windows.

Firefox Preferences New Windows and Tabs on Mac

4) Pick Custom URLs. You can also choose a Blank Page if you prefer.

5) Enter the URL for the page,  click Use Current URLs if you have the page currently open, or click Use Bookmark to pick a saved page.

Firefox Preferences Add Homepage URL on Mac

Set your new tab page on Mac

Below the homepage setting is one for New tabs. In that drop-down box, you can choose to display the Firefox Home or a Blank Page. Unfortunately, you cannot currently enter a URL for new tabs on Mac.

Firefox Preferences New Tab Page on Mac

Change your homepage in Firefox on iPhone and iPad

Changing your Firefox homepage on iPhone and iPad is simple and takes only a few taps. So open Firefox on iOS and go to its Settings.

1) Tap the menu button on the bottom right and pick Settings.

2) Choose Home.

3) Enter the URL for the page under Custom URL.

4) Tap Settings on the top left to go back and then Done.

Firefox Settings Homepage on iPhone

Set your new tab page on iOS

Similar to Mac, you can decide what you want for your new tabs. In the Settings, directly above Home, tap New Tab. Then pick Firefox Home, Blank Page, or enter a Custom URL.

Firefox Settings New Tab Page on iPhone

Change your homepage in Chrome on Mac

You can change the homepage for Chrome in the Chrome Settings. So open Chrome and use either the menu bar or menu button to open Settings, which opens in a new tab just like in Firefox.

1) Click Chrome > Preferences or the menu button on the top right and select Settings.

2) Choose Appearance on the left.

3) Next to Show home button, enable the toggle if it’s disabled.

4) Below that, choose the Enter custom web address button and enter the URL in the box. You can also choose to use the New Tab page if you prefer.

Chrome Settings Homepage Add URL on Mac

Change your startup page in Chrome on Mac

Different than your homepage, you can set a specific startup page in Chrome. You can continue where you left off when you closed Chrome or open a certain page or set of pages. Head back to your Chrome Settings.

1) Click Chrome > Preferences or the menu button on the top right and select Settings.

2) Choose On startup on the left.

3) If you want a particular page, pick Open a specific page or set of pages.

4) Select Add a new page to enter a certain URL or Use current pages to open those pages on startup.

Chrome Settings Change Startup Page on Mac

Wrapping it up

When you open Firefox or Chrome to start your day, it’s nice to have the site you want to see front and center. And remember, you can hit the Home button in your toolbar to see your homepage anytime.

What do you like for your browser’s homepage? Is it a favorite news, weather, or social media site or something else? Let us know!