Can I Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on My iPhone?

Searching for answers and information on the Internet is something that many of us do so frequently that we take it for granted. Many apps and services include their own means of performing these searches, and you may have found that you prefer certain search options over others.

This preference is often dictated by the search engine being used. Not all search engines are the same, and you may find that one engine gives you better results than others. So when you are accustomed to using Google search and find yourself using Bing, then you may not find the experience to be as helpful.

If one of the places where you are disappointed in the quality of search is the Safari browser on your iPhone, then you have the ability to change the browser’s default search engine. Our guide below will show you where to locate this setting.

How to Switch the Default Search Engine in Safari

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. Note that this is going to change the search engine that is used when you type a search term into the address bar at the top of a Safari tab. You can still go directly to a search engine’s Web page if you would like to use that search engine.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option.

open the safari menu

Step 3: Touch the Search Engine button.

select the search engine option

Step 4: Tap the default search engine that you would like to use.

how to change the default search engine in safari on an iphone

As shown in the image above, the options available for Safari’s default search engine include:

  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Bing
  • DuckDuckGo

Are you troubleshooting an issue with a Web page that you’re trying to visit on your iPhone? Find out how to disable Javascript in Safari to determine if that is the cause of the problem.