How to Change the Default Search Engine on your iPhone

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON February 19th, 2014

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The three main Internet search engines that are available today are Google, Yahoo and Bing. Each service has its own strengths and benefits and each one delivers slightly different search results when compared to the others. By default, your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad will always search using Google whenever you type a search term into the mobile Safari browser. If you want to change your device’s settings to automatically use one of the other search engines you can do so in just a few seconds. You can also use the same process to switch back to Google if you decide that you no longer like one of the other engines, or if your settings were accidentally changed at some point.

People tend to prefer one browser over another so you will find this guide quite handy!

 

Step 1

Press the “Power” or “Home” buttons on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad to turn on the device. Swipe your finger across the screen to reveal your main screen of icons.

 

Step 2

Tap “Settings.” Scroll through the list of options on screen until you find the one labeled “Safari.” Tap this option one time to view a list of all settings relating to the Safari Internet browser that you can change.

 

Step 3

Locate the option reading “Search Engine.” It will be in the portion of the screen reading “General.” Tap this option one time to advance to a new window.

 

Step 4

Select the search engine that you want to use whenever you search for a term using the mobile Safari Internet browser. If you want to use Yahoo instead of Google, for example, tap “Yahoo” on this screen.

 

Step 5

Press the “Home” button to return to your device’s main menu. Tap “Safari” to open your mobile browser. Enter a search term into Safari’s “Search” bar to automatically search the Internet using your newly selected search engine of choice.

 

This will let you easily change your browsers default settings and means that you can surf exactly where you want to. All the different search engines have different merits so hopefully this tutorial will help some of you make better use of your iPhone.