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Set your default search engine

You can use the address bar (omnibox) as a search box. It automatically uses Google, but you can set another default search engine instead.

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Set your default search engine

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'Basics', tap Search engine.
  4. Select the search engine that you want to use.

Recently visited search engines will be added as options for your default search engine.

Using Google as your default search engine

When Google is your default search engine, your location is used for your searches in the address bar and on Google. Learn more about sharing your location.

To stop using your location in searches:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Visit a Google search page, like google.en-GB.
  3. To the left of the web address, tap Lock Lock.
  4. Tap Site settings and then Location access.
  5. Select Block for current search engine.

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