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How to change the default search engine in Safari

You're not stuck with Google if you don't want it.
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May 26, 2022

Not everyone is a huge fan of Google, Bing, or (shudder) Yahoo. If you would prefer a more privacy-focused search engine, such as DuckDuckGo, then you can easily make the switch. Here’s how to change the default search engine in Safari on an iPhone and a Mac.

Read more: Safari vs Chrome — which browser should you use on your Mac?

QUICK ANSWER

To change the default search engine in Safari on a Mac or iPhone, go into Safari's preferences/settings. Find the Search section and switch over to the search engine you want to use. You can also select or deselect various search-related options, depending on your preferences.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to change the Safari search engine on a Mac

First, go to Safari–>Preferences.

macos safari preferences

Go to the Search tab and drop down the Search engine menu. Select which search engine you would like.

macos safari search choose

Now take a look at the other options, and either check or uncheck them, according to your preferences.

macos safari default search options

Close the preferences window, and your default search engine will now be what you chose.

How to change the Safari search engine on an iPhone

You don’t have to go into Safari to change the search engine on an iPhone. You need to go into the iPhone settings and then Safari’s settings from there.

ios safari settings

Scroll down till you reach the Search section, and tap Search Engine.

safari ios default search

Select the search engine you would like to use by tapping it.

safari ios default search engine

Now go back to the previous screen, and either select or deselect the other search options, depending on your preferences.

safari ios settings

Your default search engine on Safari will now be changed.


Read more: How to add Safari to your iPhone and iPad screen