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Top 6 Ways to Fix Google Chrome Won’t Open on Mac

Apple has added several features to the Safari browser on Mac with the recent macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura update. Even with Apple’s continued push for Safari, Google Chrome remains the de facto choice for most Mac users. However, the Google Chrome experience isn’t as perfect as you’d like. Sometimes Google Chrome fails to open on Mac. If you have the same problem, we will show you how to fix the problem.

Before switching to Safari or another Alternative to Chrome Microsoft Edge on Mac, take the time to troubleshoot the issue in Chrome on Mac. But since you have bookmarks, login entries, and history stored in Chrome, the transition to another browser might not be smooth. Instead, you can use the tips below to fix Google Chrome not opening on Mac.

1. Relaunch Google Chrome

Have you noticed Google Chrome just dancing on the Mac dock? You can simply force quit Google Chrome and try to relaunch the browser. You can right-click on the Chrome app icon on Mac and select Force Quit from the context menu. You can also completely close the Chrome browser using the Activity Monitor menu. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press Command + Space and search for Activity Monitor. Press the Back key to open the app.

2nd step: Select Google Chrome from the list and tap the “x” mark at the top.

Step 3: Select Force Quit from the context menu.

Step 4: Relaunch Google Chrome.

2. Set Google Chrome as the default browser

macOS uses Safari as the default browser on Mac. When you click on a web link on Mac, it will use the default browser (Safari) to open it. So you will need to change the default browser to Google Chrome on your Mac. Here’s how.

Step 1: Select the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select System Preferences from the menu to open it.

2nd step: Click General.

Step 3: Click the drop-down menu next to the “Default web browser” menu and select Google Chrome.

3. Free up RAM and try again

Google Chrome is infamous for being a resource hog on Mac and Windows. You need a few GB of free RAM on Mac to run Chrome smoothly. The issue is greater on Mac systems with 8GB of RAM. With default apps and other apps running in the background, the system might leave you a few MB to use on Mac.

macOS comes with a memory swap feature to use SSD storage as RAM. But even a memory swap may not be enough to free up RAM on Mac. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Activity Monitor using Spotlight Search on your Mac (refer to the steps above).

2nd step: Click on the Memory tab.

Step 3: Check the total physical memory and used memory on your Mac.

Step 4: Select the apps you no longer need and tap the “x” mark to free up RAM.

Once you have enough RAM on your Mac, open Google Chrome and enjoy an ideal web browsing experience.

4. Make Google Chrome open on startup

If Google Chrome is an essential part of your workflow, you can launch the app on startup on Mac. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Open System Preferences on your Mac (see the steps above).

2nd step: Select “Users & Groups” and swipe to “Login Items”.

Step 3: Select the + icon and it will open the Applications menu.

Step 4: Click on Google Chrome and press the Add button.

You don’t need to open Chrome, because macOS will only launch it when the system starts.

5. Clear Data from Google Chrome

Google Chrome collects cache data in the background to improve performance. You can always delete the browser settings cache, but since you can’t open Chrome now, use the Mac Finder menu to clear the data.

Step 1: Open Finder on Mac and select Go from the menu bar.

2nd step: Select Library.

Step 3: Open Application Support.

Step 4: Select the Google folder.

Step 5: Delete the Chrome folder in the next menu.

Step 6: Select the Apple icon from the menu bar and restart the Mac.

You are open Google Chrome on Mac without any problem.

6. Reinstall Google Chrome

Google frequently releases updates to add new features and bug fixes to Google Chrome. Since you cannot update the app from Chrome settings, you need to uninstall the browser and download the latest version from the web.

Step 1: Launch Finder and select Applications from the left sidebar.

2nd step: Right-click on Chrome and select “Move to Trash” from the context menu.

Step 3: Go to the official Chrome website and download the macOS version. Google offers a single app that’s compatible with Macs based on M-series and Intel processors.

Enjoy a smooth Chrome experience on Mac

Switching search engine from Google Chrome to Yahoo or Bing is another confusing problem users face on Mac. If Chrome still won’t open on Mac, switch to Microsoft Edge, Opera, or Brave to take advantage of all your existing extensions (because they’re all Chromium-based). What trick worked for you? Share your experience in the comments below.