3 ways to change the search engine in Opera to Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc

Are you using the Opera web browser and you want to change the default search engine from Google to Bing, DuckDuckGo or something else? Here are three methods for changing it so that, each time you search for something in Opera’s address bar, the search engine that you want will return your search results:

NOTE: This guide was created using Opera version 49. If Opera updates dramatically 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 Opera to Bing, Yahoo!, or DuckDuckGo

Opera makes it easy to change the default search engine, if you want to switch to Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, Amazon and Wikipedia. If the search engine that you want is one of them, then follow the instructions in this section. First, open Opera and click or tap the O button that is shown in the top-left corner. This button is named “Customize and control Opera.” In the menu that is displayed, choose Settings.

The Settings tab is shown. On the left, click or tap Browser. Next, look for the Search section, and click on the drop-down list shown here. In the list of search engines, select the one that you want to use.

Close the Settings tab and you are done. Opera now uses the search engine that you selected, and it no longer uses Google.

2. Visit the search engine that you want to use and follow its instructions

Some search engines, like DuckDuckGo or Qwant, when you visit them in Opera, show a button for adding it to your browser. If the search engine that you want to use does this, click on the Add/Install button that is displayed and follow its instructions for adding it as the default search engine in Opera.

The steps involved differ from search engine to search engine.

3. Check Opera’s list of available search engines

If the search engine that you want to use is not available in the list shown in the first method of this guide, then go to this webpage on Opera’s website. It includes a long list of search engines that can be added to your Opera web browser.

Scroll the list until you find the search engine that you are looking for and click or tap on its name. A description is shown and an “Add to Opera” button. Click or tap on it and you are informed when it is installed.

Which search engine do you want to use in Opera?

You have arrived at the end of this tutorial because you are not a big fan of Google or you want to try another search engine and see if it is better than Google. Before closing this tutorial, share with us what search engine you have switched to, in a comment below. We would very much like to know.