04/12/2021

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How to make Google your default search engine on any major web browser

  • You can make Google your default search engine on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. 
  • With Google as your default search engine, every query you put in the address bar goes to Google. 
  • Most browsers, except Microsoft Edge, start with Google as the default search engine. 
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Even though Google is the most popular search engine, some web browsers still don’t automatically set it as the default. If you want to make sure all your web searches are done through Google, you can adjust your search settings no matter what browser you use. 

Here’s how to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. 

How to make Google the default search engine in Chrome

On a computer:

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. At the top-right of the window next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots and choose Settings in the drop-down.

Select “Settings” in the drop-down under the three-dot icon.
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3. Scroll down to the Search engine section and click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar

Click the drop-down next to “Search engine used in the address bar.”
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4. Choose Google in the drop-down. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Select Google in the drop-down list.
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On the Google Chrome mobile app:

1. Start the Chrome app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal dots at the bottom-right of the screen. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Choose Settings in the pop-up.

Select “Settings” in the pop-up.
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3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Choose Google as your preferred search engine.
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How to make Google the default search engine in Firefox

On a computer:

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal lines at the top-right of the screen and then click Settings in the drop-down. 

Select “Settings” in the drop-down list.
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3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Search tab. 

Go to the “Search” tab.
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4. In the Default Search Engine section, click the drop-down and choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Choose Google in the drop-down list.
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On the Firefox mobile app:

1. Start the Firefox app on your Apple or Android device. 

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the bottom-right corner. Select Settings in the pop-up.  

Select “Settings” in the pop-up.
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3. In the General section, tap Search

Under “General,” tap “Search.”
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4. Under Default Search Engine, select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Tap Google to set it as your default search engine.
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How to make Google the default search engine in Safari

On a Mac:

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. Click in the search bar and then, in the left corner, click the magnifying glass.

3. In the drop-down, choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

After clicking the magnifying glass, select Google in the drop-down.
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On an iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

Tap “Safari” in the list of apps in Settings.
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3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Choose Google as your preferred web browser.
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How to make Google the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

On a computer:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal dots in the top-right corner of the window and then choose Settings at the bottom of the pop-up. 

Choose “Settings” in the drop-down menu.
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3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab. 

Go to the “Privacy, search, and services” tab.
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4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.

Click “Address bar and search.”
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5. Click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar, and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Choose Google as your preferred browser.
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On the Edge mobile app for iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Apple device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up. 

Tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.
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3. On the Settings page, tap Advanced Settings.

Go to “Advanced settings.”
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4. Tap Search Engine and then tap Others… and select Google from the list.

Tap Google and a blue check mark will appear.
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5. Once you’ve selected Google, hit Done in the upper-right corner. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

On the Edge mobile app for Android:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Android device. 

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

Select “Settings” in the pop-up menu.
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3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and select Search

Under “Advanced,” tap “Search.”
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4. Tap Default search engine, and choose Google on the next page. Your default search engine should now be changed. 

Select Google as your preferred search engine.
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