Search engines are a great part of the Internet. They provide very fast answers to almost any topic you can think of, and they have only gotten faster and easier to user over the years. But as you spend more time browsing the Internet and searching on topics, you may find that one particular search engine suits your needs better than another.
And while you may have set up your laptop of desktop computer to use that search engine, your iPhone might be using a different one. Fortunately you can change the default search engine that the Safari browser uses. Our guide will show you how to find and select from the options available on your iPhone.
How to Change the Default Search Engine for the iPhone’s Safari Browser
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. This guide is going to change the default search engine for Safari. This means that any search phrase that you type into the field at the top of a Safari tab will use the search engine that you choose in the final step below. This does not affect searches that you make in other locations on your phone, such as another Web browser.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Safari menu option.
Step 3: Select the Search Engine button at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the search engine that you would like to use in Safari by default. I have selected Google as my default in the picture below.
Again, this setting will affect searches that you make inside the field at the top of a Safari tab.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.