Google is still the most effective service unless you have to be extra careful about the privacy of your searches. It's useful for remembering your previous searches for optimized performance, and it rarely lets you down, whether you're looking for adorable cat videos or treatments for the diseases that may be emerging right now. While Google Chrome and Firefox automatically set Google as the search engine by default, we know that annoying add-ons or malware have a knack for hijacking that search engine and offering some of their own (we see you, Babylon Search Toolbar). Fortunately, setting Google as the default search engine can be done in under a minute with minimal effort and quick access to your browser settings.
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Here's our guide on how to make Google your default search engine so you no longer hit Bing, Yahoo! or, worse, have to see Babylon. And while your efforts may be derailed again in the future, at least you'll know what to do when the time comes.
How to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome
Step 1: Open Google Chrome. Then click the More three dots icon in the upper right corner. In the menu that appears, select Settings.
Step 2: On the left side of the Chrome settings menu, select Search Engine.
Step 3: Click the drop-down menu next to the term search engine in the address bar. Choose Google from the drop-down menu.
Here's how to make Google your default search engine in Firefox
Step 1: Open Firefox and click the menu icon with the three stacked horizontal lines in the top right corner. From the menu that appears, select Options.
Step 2: On the left side of the options menu, select Search.
Step 3: Under Default Search Engine, choose Google from the drop-down menu.
Here's how to make Google your default search engine in Safari
Google should automatically be your default search engine. However, here is a quick way to review and change these if necessary.
Step 1: Open Safari, hover your mouse over the Safari tab and choose Preferences, or enter Command + keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Select the Search tab. The first option that you should see concerns the search engine. If Google isn't set already, select the drop-down menu and select it.
Step 3: Close Settings and see if it works.
If you want to change the options in Safari for iOS or iPadOS, it's a different process.
Step 1: Go to the Settings app and look for Safari.
Step 2: The first option is for the search engine. Change it accordingly if Google is not already set.
How to make Google your default search engine in Microsoft Edge
Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge and click the three dots icon More in the upper right corner. In the menu that appears, select Settings.
Step 2: On the next screen on the left, select Privacy, Search, and Services. Then scroll all the way down and click on Address Bar and Search.
Step 3: Click the drop-down menu next to the term search engine in the address bar. Then choose Google from that drop-down menu.
How to make Google your default Opera search engine
Step 1: Open Opera and click the gear icon at the bottom left of the screen. This opens the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down the Settings menu until you see the Search Engine section.
Step 3: In the Search Engine section, in the combined search and address bar, click the drop-down menu next to the phrase Specify which search engine is used when searching. Then select Google Search from this menu.