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

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It’s easy to set Google as your default search engine on any browser. Cavan Images/Getty Images
  • 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.

Screenshot of Chrome new window, with Settings drop-down menu
Select ‘Settings’ in the drop-down under the three-dot icon. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. Scroll down to the Search engine section and click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar.

Screenshot of Chrome Settings page, Search Engine section
Click the drop-down next to ‘Search engine used in the address bar.’ Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Choose Google in the drop-down. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Choose search engine dropdown list
Select Google in the drop-down list. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Chrome app on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Select ‘Settings’ in the pop-up. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Choose Search Engine page on Chrome on iPhone
Choose Google as your preferred search engine. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Firefox on desktop three-dot menu drop-down
Select ‘Settings’ in the drop-down list. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Search tab.

Screenshot of Firefox Settings main page on desktop
Go to the ‘Search’ tab. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search Engine section of Settings
Choose Google in the drop-down list. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Firefox on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Select ‘Settings’ in the pop-up. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. In the General section, tap Search.

Screenshot of Firefox Settings page
Under ‘General,’ tap ‘Search.’ Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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

Screenshot of Default Search Engine page on Firefox iPhone app
Tap Google to set it as your default search engine. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Safari web browser magnifying glass drop-down
After clicking the magnifying glass, select Google in the drop-down. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

On an iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

Screenshot of iPhone Settings list of apps
Tap ‘Safari’ in the list of apps in Settings. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Search engine selection page in iPhone Settings
Choose Google as your preferred web browser. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Microsoft Edge three-dot drop-down menu
Choose ‘Settings’ in the drop-down menu. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab.

Screenshot of Edge Settings menu
Go to the ‘Privacy, search, and services’ tab. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of Edge Settings page on 'Privacy, search, and services' tab
Click ‘Address bar and search.’ Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Address bar and search page in Settings in Edge on desktop
Choose Google as your preferred browser. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Tap ‘Settings’ in the pop-up menu. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. On the Settings page, tap Advanced Settings.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone Settings main page
Go to ‘Advanced settings.’ Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Tap Search Engine and then tap Others… and select Google from the list.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone search engine selection page
Tap Google and a blue check mark will appear. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android three-dot pop-up menu
Select ‘Settings’ in the pop-up menu. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and select Search.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android Settings page
Under ‘Advanced,’ tap ‘Search.’ Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Tap Default search engine, and choose Google on the next page. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android select search engine page
Select Google as your preferred search engine. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

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