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How to replace Google Chrome's default search engine on your iPhone or Android phone "Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



Although your default mobile browser is Google Chrome, you may not want Google to be your search engine. Perhaps you are not impressed by Google's search results all the time, maybe you want a more private search experience, or maybe you don't want Google's hands to go over everything in your life. Whatever the case, it's easy to switch from Google to another standard search engine.

Those of you who have a Microsoft computer might like to choose Bing as the default search engine in Chrome, and it is entirely possible on both Android and iPhone. Apart from Bing, the other default options you choose for the address bar (omnibox) in Chrome may include Google, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. But you can also choose another search engine, but you have to manually add it.

Option 1
: Change the search engine using Google's choice

Whether you are on Android or iOS, the method here is identical. First, with open Chrome, press the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••). On the IOS, it is at the bottom right, while in Android it can be at the bottom or right, depending on your device.

Next, press "Settings" and then "Search Engine". On the following screen, choose between Google, Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. In older versions of Chrome on mobile, before Chromium 73 was released, you can also select other search engines like AOL and Ask.

Option 2: Change the search engine to everything you want

If you don't like any of the options Google has set, you can only choose "Done" or "Back" There is a way to choose your own default search engine either your iPhone or Android phone.

For example, if you want to do your default search engine Query, you would visit ask.com in Chrome and do a search for something. On older Chrome versions, a pop-up page may prompt you to add the search engine to your list of options before performing a search, and you can press the "Add" button to do so. But in newer versions there is no prompt, but it is still added after performing a search.

Then point to the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••), select "Settings", "Search Engine" and you should now see your custom search engine under Recently visited . Select it, then press "Done" or the back button, and you are good to go.

Almost every site you can search can become your default search engine, so you can even make Gadget Hacks on gadgethacks.com the default if you wanted. However, special site search tools may not always work as your default search engine in Chrome because the sites are not optimized to properly read the search how Chrome formats it. If it doesn't work, you can just switch back to another search engine.

Choose your search engine settings (Android only)

On Android you can fine-tune some sites and messages settings for each search engine individually, if you use an iPhone, you can only change Chrome location settings as a whole (messages may not be an option).

From the "Search engine" section from inside "Settings", press a search engine to select it, then press "Location and messages are allowed." If you tap "Messages" from the list, you can tweak all settings, from audio to where your messages will appear.

If you press "Location Access" instead, you can choose whether to grant or deny the specific search engine access to your location. You can also press "Sound" to disable sound completely for the search engine.

Cover photo and screenshots by Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

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