How to Change Google Chrome’s Default Search Engine – Phandroid


Due to the fact that Google Chrome is pretty much the most used internet browser in the world, many web developers tend to build websites using Chrome (and Chromium). This means websites tend to render better and more accurately in Chrome than the developer intended, compared to other browsers where you sometimes get mixed results.

While Chrome is popular, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best, but we understand that some of you might like Chrome but don’t really like using Google search as your browser’s default search engine. You might prefer a more privacy-focused search, but for whatever reason, did you know you can actually change Chrome’s default search engine? Here’s how.

Change the default search in Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome on your desktop
  2. Click the three button icon on the right and then click Settings
  3. Click Search engine in the navigation bar on the left
  4. Click the drop-down menu next to “Search engine used in address bar” and select the search engine of your choice

Keep in mind that changing your default search engine means Google will no longer save your search history, so usage along with other Google services may not sync up as well as it used to. Depending on what you’re looking for, the accuracy of the search may differ, so it may take some getting used to.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change your default search, especially if you think Google is collecting a little more data about you than you’d like, but it’s still worth keeping in mind.


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