How to Change the Default Search Engine in Various Browsers

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While Google is the most popular search engine out there, that doesn’t mean you have to use it as the default search engine in your browser. There are plenty of good options out there when it comes to a good search engine. If you are looking to switch from Google, here is how you can change the default search engine in your browser.

Change the Default Search Engine in Chrome

To add a custom search engine in Chrome, click on the three dots at the top right.  Go to Settings and click on the “Search engine” option in the upper left-hand corner.

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To the right of the option that says “Search engine used in the address bar”, click on the drop-down menu and choose the search engine you want to add. There is a good chance that Google will be pre-selected, but click on the drop-down menu and choose another one.

There is no need to restart Chrome to save your changes. You can test it out by simply opening a new tab, and the search engine you chose should appear as your default search engine.

You can also click on the “Manage search engine” option to add custom search engines in Google Chrome.

Change Default Search Engine in Firefox

In Firefox, to choose a default search engine of your choice, click on the three horizontal lines. On the left side of your display, you’ll see various options but click on Search.

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The second option down will be the Default Search Engine option. Click on the drop-down menu and choose the search engine you want to use. If you’re going to do some cleaning and remove any other search engines, you know you’re never going to use, click on the search engine and click on the Remove option in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Modify the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

With Microsoft Edge, you need to start by going to the search engine you want to add. For example, if you’re going to add DuckDuckGo, go to www.duckduckgo.com. Without doing anything else, click on the three dots at the top right and go to Settings.

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Choose Advanced on your left and scroll all the way down until you find the option that says “Address bar search”. Click on the grey search provider button and click on Google search.

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Once you select your preferred search engine, click on the “Set as default” button, it will no longer be greyed out. Select it, and Edge will automatically make it your default search engine.

Change Default Search Engine in Mobile Safari

To switch search engines on the mobile version of Safari, go to your iPhone or iPad’s Settings, and select Safari. Once the option is selected, tap on the Search Engine option to your right.

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Choose Your Preferred Default Search Engine on Opera

Opera also makes it easy to change your default search engine. Click on the red O at the top left-hand corner and go to Settings. In the left pane, click Advanced and scroll down until you see the search engine option.

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Click on the drop-down menu to the right and choose a search engine. With Opera, there is no need to restart the browser or press any save button. If you want to add another search engine, click on “Manage search engines” and add your preferred search engine.

Conclusion

Adding your preferred search engine only takes a few clicks regardless of the browser you’re using. Even if you were to change your mind later, you always have the option of adding another search engine to your choice.

One comment

  1. Add a new search engine to Opera. Got it. Make the newly added search engine the new “default” engine… not so fast. Opera only lets me use their holy chosen search engines as being the “default” search engine. Seems like Opera has been paid by these chosen search engines to lock newly added search engines out.

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