5 ways to change the search engine in Google Chrome (Windows, Android, and iOS)

The address bar in Google Chrome can be used as a search box, and the default search engine is, obviously, Google. Do you want to change the default search engine from Google to something else, like Bing or DuckDuckGo? Maybe you have a different search engine, and you want to get back to Google? Here are the methods for changing it, so that each time you search for something in Chrome's address bar, your preferred search engine responds to your query:

NOTE: This guide covers Google Chrome for Windows (methods 1 and 2), Google Chrome for Android (methods 3 and 4), and Google Chrome for iOS (method 5). Scroll down to the methods for the platform that interests you. If Google Chrome has changed its interface significantly and this guide no longer works for you, do not hesitate to leave a comment and we will update it as soon as possible. Thank you!

1. Change the default search engine in Google Chrome for Windows to Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Ask or AOL

Google Chrome makes it easy to change the default search engine, if you want to switch to Bing, Yahoo!, Ask, AOL or back to Google. If the search engine that you want to use is one of these, then follow the instructions in this section:

First, open Google Chrome and click or tap the button in the shape of three dots, that is shown in the top-right corner. This button is named "Customize and control Google Chrome." In the menu that is displayed, choose Settings.

Open Settings in Google Chrome for Windows

Scroll down the list of settings until you find a section named "Search engine." Stop there and click or tap the drop-down list on the right of the text that says: "Search engine used in the address bar." A list is shown with a few options. Choose the search engine that you want as your default: Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, or AOL.

Change the search engine in Google Chrome for Windows

Close the Settings tab and you are done. Google Chrome now uses the search engine that you selected instead of Google.

2. Visit the search engine that you want to use and then set it as the default in Google Chrome for Windows

This method is needed for search engines that are not included in the standard list provided by Google. The first step is to open a new tab in Google Chrome and load the search engine that you want to use. We used DuckDuckGo as an example. Then, click or tap the three dots button on the top-right corner. This button is named "Customize and control Google Chrome." In the menu that is shown, choose Settings.

Open Settings in Google Chrome for Windows

Scroll down the list of Google Chrome settings until you find the "Search engine" section. There, click or tap the line that says: "Manage search engines."

Manage search engines in Google Chrome for Windows

A list of search engines is shown, which includes the one that you just visited. On the right side of its name, click or tap the three dots button and choose "Make default."

Set a new search engine in Google Chrome for Windows

The search engine is now changed from Google to the one you have chosen. In our case, it is DuckDuckGo.

3. Change the default search engine in Google Chrome for Android to Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Ask or AOL

Google Chrome for Android makes it easy to change the default search engine, if you want to switch to Bing, Yahoo!, Ask, AOL or back to Google. First, open the More menu in Google Chrome by tapping the button in the shape of three dots, that is shown on the top-right corner.

The More button in Google Chrome for Android

In the menu that is displayed, choose Settings.

Open Settings in Google Chrome for Android

Tap the line that says: "Search engine." Under "Search engine" it is displayed the current search engine.

Access search engine settings in Google Chrome for Android

Radio buttons are shown with a few search engines. Select the search engine that you want as your default.

Select the search engine for Google Chrome for Android

Close the Settings and you are done. Google Chrome for Android now uses the search engine that you selected.

4. Visit the search engine that you want to use and then set it as the default in Google Chrome for Android

This method works only for search engines that are not included in the standard list provided by Google. In Android, the search engine has to be able to push itself into the settings of Google Chrome. We use DuckDuckGo as an example, also because we like this search engine and the privacy that it offers.

When you open the search engine that you want to use, there is a button to add it to Chrome, like "Add DuckDuckGo to Chrome." Tap that button.

Add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome for Android

The search engine displays an overlay that outlines the next steps to set DuckDuckGo as the search engine. Close the overlay by pressing the X button on the top-right corner.

DuckDuckGo overlay in Google Chrome for Android

Open the More menu by tapping the three dots button on the top-right corner.

The button for the More menu in Google Chrome for Android

Scroll down the menu that is shown, and tap Settings.

Open Settings in Google Chrome for Android

Tap the line that says: "Search engine." Under "Search engine" it is displayed the current search engine.

Access search engine settings in Google Chrome for Android

A list is shown with a few search engine. Because earlier we have pressed "Add DuckDuckGo to Chrome," DuckDuckGo is now an option in the list. Tap the radio button next to it.

Select DuckDuckGo as the search engine for Google Chrome for Android

The search engine is now changed from Google to the one that you have chosen.

5. Change the default search engine in Google Chrome for iOS to Google, Bing, or Yahoo!

Google Chrome for iOS makes it easy to change the default search engine, only if you want to switch to Bing, Yahoo!, or back to Google.

On your iPhone or iPad, open Google Chrome. Then, open the More menu by tapping the button in the shape of three dots, that is shown on the bottom-right corner. In the menu that is displayed, choose Settings.

Open Settings in Google Chrome for iOS

Tap the line that says: "Search Engine." On that line, it is displayed the current search engine.

Access search engine settings in Google Chrome for iOS

A few search engines are shown. Select the search engine that you want as your default.

Select the search engine for Google Chrome for iOS

Tap Done and Google Chrome for iOS uses the search engine that you selected.

Which search engine do you want to use in Google Chrome?

You have arrived at the end of this tutorial because you are not a big fan of Google and its policies. Maybe you want to try another search engine and see if it is better than Google. No matter what your reasons are for making the switch, before closing this tutorial, share with us what search engine you have switched to, in a comment below. We are curious to know!