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

Philippe Huguen/GettyMaking Google your default search engine is a simple process on most browsers.

  • You can make Google your default search engine on any web browser (desktop or mobile) in a few quick steps.
  • Every browser lets you change your default search engine, so you can search with your preferred service right from the search or address bar.
  • Most browsers (with the exception of Microsoft browsers) start with Google as the default, but if it’s been changed, you can easily switch it back.
  • In most cases, you can find the default search engine setting in your browser’s Settings or Options menu.
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As car companies and airlines vying for your business like to say, you have a choice when it comes to how you travel. Likewise, you can choose which search engine to use.

If Google happens to be your favourite, you might want to make it the default for your web browser. No matter what browser or device you use, here’s how to set Google as your preferred search engine.

Make Google the default search engine in Google Chrome

1. On your computer, open your Google Chrome browser.

2. At the top right of the window, click the three vertical dots (called a “hamburger menu”) and choose Settings.

3. Find the Search engine section and choose “Google.”

Google 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYou can make Google the default search engine in Chrome’s Settings menu.

If you also want to set Google on your Android or iPhone’s Chrome app, do this:

1. Start the Chrome app.

2. Tap the three dots at the bottom right of the screen and choose “Settings.”

3. Tap “Search engine.” Tap Google.

Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYou can specify the default search engine in Chrome on your phone, too.

Make Google the default search engine in Firefox

1. On your computer, open your Firefox browser.

2. Click the three vertical lines (the hamburger menu) at the top right of the screen and then click “Options.”

3. Click “Search” on the left side of the screen.

4. In the “Default Search Engine” section, choose Google.

Google 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderSet Google as your default in Firefox’s Options menu.

You can also change the default search engine if you use Firefox on your Android or iPhone:

1. Start the Firefox app.

2. Tap the three dots (it’s at the top right of the screen on Android and bottom right on iPhone) and choose “Settings.”

3. Tap “Search” and then tap “Google.” If it isn’t already the default, tap “Set as default.”

Google 4Dave Johnson/Business InsiderIf you use Firefox on your phone, be sure to set your preferred search engine.

Make Google the default search engine in Safari

1. On your Mac, open the Safari browser.

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

3. Choose Google.

SafariDave Johnson/Business InsiderClick the magnifying glass in the search bar and choose Google from the menu.

You can also change the default search engine in Safari on your iPhone:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

3. Tap “Search Engine” and tap Google.

Google 5Dave Johnson/Business InsiderBecause Safari is ‘built-in’ to iOS, you specify the default search engine in the Settings app.

Make Google the default search engine in Internet Explorer

Fair warning: you shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer anymore unless you absolutely have to – if you want to use a Microsoft browser, it’s a good idea to use Microsoft Edge instead. And setting Google as your search engine is a great example of why:

1. On your computer, open Internet Explorer.

2. Click the gear icon at the top right of the screen and then click “Manage Add-ons.”

Google 6Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYou need to add Google to the list of Add-ons to set it as your search engine in Internet Explorer.

3. Click “Find more toolbars and extensions” at the bottom of the window.

4. Find Google Search and then click “Add.” To confirm, click “Add” again.

5. Click “Close” to close the Manage Add-ons window.

6. Back in Internet Explorer, click the gear icon and choose “Manage Add-ons” again.

7. Click “Search Providers” on the left side of the window.

8. Click Google Search and then click “Set as default” at the bottom of the window.

Make Google the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

1. On your computer, open Microsoft Edge.

2. Use the address bar to go to google.com.

3. Click the three dots (the hamburger menu) at the top right of the window and then choose Settings.

4. In the “Advanced Settings” section, click “View advanced settings.”

5. In “Search in the address bar with Bing,” click “Change search engine.”

EdgeDave Johnson/Business InsiderThe settings menu appears as a pane that stays attached to the right side of Microsoft Edge.

6. Choose Google Search and click “Set as default.”

If you’re using Edge on your Android or iPhone, you can make Google the default search engine there as well:

1. Start Microsoft Edge.

2. Tap the three dots in the lower right of the screen and then choose “Settings.”

3. Tap “Advanced Settings” and then tap “Search Engine” (which is probably currently set to Bing).

Google 8Dave Johnson/Business InsiderIn Microsoft Edge, you can change the default search engine from Bing to Google.

4. Tap “Others…” and tap “Google.”

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