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How to Change the Default Search Engine of Your Browser

Google, Bing, and Yahoo are among the top search engines in the world. However, you might prefer to use a different search engine than your browser. You can also change your search engine to make surfing the web even easier for you. Here’s how to change your default search engine on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.

How to Change Search Engine on Chrome 

Chrome has Google as the default search engine. To change that, click on the three-dot icon at the top right. Go to Settings>Search engine>Search engine used in the address bar. Choose another provider in the drop-down menu. Add a provider not listed by going to Manage search engines, clicking on Add, then Make default under the More actions button.

  1. Open the Chrome web browser.
  2. Click the three-dots in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Then click Settings. You will find this near the bottom of the pop-up menu that appears.
  4. Scroll down to Search engine settings. You can also click on the Search engine shortcut to the left of your browser to quickly get to this section.
  5. Then click the drop-down menu next to Search engine used.
  6. Choose the search engine you would like to use.

    If you don’t see your preferred search engine in the drop-down, follow the steps below.

    • Click Manage search engines. You will see this below Search engine used in the address bar.
    • Select a search engine in the Other search engines section. You can also use the search box at the top of the menu to quickly find your preferred search engine.
    • Then click the three dots beside your preferred search engine, and select Make default.
    • Or you can add your preferred search engine by clicking the Add button. You will need to enter your preferred search engine name, keyword, and URL. To add a URL, search for something with that search engine. Then copy the URL and replace the search term with “%s”. For example, you would enter http://www.google.com/search?q=%s to add Google. Once you enter a new search engine, you will have to click the three dots next to it and select Make default.
How to Change Search Engine on Chrome

How to Change Search Engine on Safari 

To change the default search engine in Safari, you can click on the magnifying glass icon at the Safari search bar. Otherwise, you can go to Safari > Preferences > Search > Search engine and choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the search bar. This will open up your search engine options. The current search engine will have a checkmark beside it.
  3. Click on your preferred search engine. When you click on the magnifying glass icon again, the checkmark will be switched to the provider you have just selected.
How to Change Search Engine on Safari

From Safari Preferences

  1. Open Safari. You can find this in your Applications folder.
  2. Click on Safari > Preferences. You will find this option in the Apple Menu at the top of your screen while you are in the Safari app.
  3. Click on the Search tab.
  4. Click on the drop-down menu next to Search engine. You can only choose between Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.
How to Change Search Engine on Safari

How to Change Search Engine on Firefox

To change the default search engine on Mozilla Firefox, click on Open menu > Options > Search. Then choose a search engine from the Default Search Engine drop-down. If your preferred provider isn’t listed, scroll down to Find more search engines, choose a provider and click on + Add to Firefox. Your chosen provider will now be added to the options under the Default Search Engine.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click on the three-line icon in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Then click Options.
  4. Click on Search at the left of the page.
  5. Go to the Default Search Engine options.
  6. Choose your preferred search engine from the options in the drop-down box.

    If you don’t see your preferred search engine in the drop-down, follow the steps below.

    • Click on the Find more search engines link. You will see this option at the very bottom of the page.
    • Search for your preferred search engine from the list of add-ons.
    • Click on the + Add to Firefox button. This will appear on the separate page that opens once you click on the add-on.
    • Click on Add in the Add Search Engine dialog box that appears.
    • Go back to the Firefox Options page.
    • Click on the Default Search Engine drop-down options. You will now see the search engine you have just added to the list.
    • Choose the search engine you have added as the default.
How to Change Search Engine on Firefox

How to Change Search Engine in Edge 

Microsoft Edge’s new Chromium browser uses Bing as the default search engine. To change that, click on the three-dot icon at the top right. Then go to Settings, click on the three-line icon, and go to Privacy and services. Click on the Address bar arrow and choose a provider from the drop-down. You can add more providers under Manage search engines.

Note: These instructions are for Microsoft’s Chromium Edge, which is different from Microsoft’s Legacy Edge. If you want to learn how to download Chrmouim Edge, check out our guide here.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. Then select Settings.
  4. Next, select Privacy and services in the left sidebar.
  5. Scroll down and select Address bar. This will be at the bottom of the right sidebar.
  6. Click on your preferred search engine from the drop-down menu.

    If you don’t see your preferred search engine in the drop-down, follow the steps below.

    • Click Manage search engines. You will find this on the Address bar page.
    • Then click Add.
    • Enter the name, keyword, and URL of your preferred search engine. To add a URL, search for something with that search engine. Then copy the URL and replace the search term with “%s”. For example, you would enter http://www.google.com/search?q=%s to add Google. Once you enter a new search engine, you will have to click the three dots next to it and select Make default.
How to Change Search Engine in Edge

Now that you know how to change your search engine on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge, check out our Google search tips that everyone should know.

Updated on January 24, 2020

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