3 ways to change the search engine in Google Chrome to Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc
Are you using Google Chrome and you want to change the default search engine from Google to something else, like Bing or DuckDuckGo? Here are three methods for changing it, so that each time you search for something in Chrome’s address bar, another search engine responds to your query instead of Google:
NOTE: This guide was created using Google Chrome version 62. If Google Chrome updates dramatically in time 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 to 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 or AOL. 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.
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.
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 follow its instructions
Some search engines, like DuckDuckGo, when you visit them in Google Chrome, show a button for adding it to Chrome. If the search engine that you want to use does this, click on the Add button that is displayed and follow its instructions for adding it as the default search engine in Google Chrome.
The steps involved differ from search engine to search engine.
3. Visit the search engine that you want to use and then set it as the default in Google Chrome’s settings
A lengthier method involves opening a new tab in Google Chrome. There, 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.
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.”
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.”
The search engine is now changed from Google to the one you have chosen.
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. Or 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!