Make Google your default search engine

To get results from Google each time you search, you can make Google your default search engine. If your browser isn’t listed below, check its help resources for info about changing search settings.

Google Chrome

Computer

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Search engine," pick Google.

Mobile

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Basics," tap Search engine.
  4. Tap Google.
Microsoft Edge
  1. Using your device's browser, go to google.com.
  2. At the top right, click More actions (...) and then Settings.
  3. In the "Advanced settings" section, click View Advanced settings.
  4. Under "Search in address bar with," click Change.
  5. Click Google Search and then Set as default.

Note: If you don't see Google Search as an option, try searching on google.com. Then try the steps again.

Internet Explorer 8 & higher

Tip: To see which version of Internet Explorer you're using, click Help and then About Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. At the top right, click the gear icon.
  3. Click Manage add-ons.
  4. At the bottom, click Find more toolbars and extensions.
  5. Scroll down to the Google Search extension.
  6. Click Add. To confirm, click Add again.
  7. At the top right, click the gear icon.
  8. Click Manage add-ons.
  9. On the left, under "Add-on Types," click Search Providers.
  10. On the right, click Google Search.
  11. At the bottom, click Set as default.

Internet Explorer 10

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, click the gear icon.
  3. Click Manage add-ons.
  4. On the left side of the page, click Search Providers.
  5. In the bottom left corner, click Find more providers.
  6. Select Google.
  7. Click Add to Internet Explorer.
  8. Check the box next to "Make this my default search provider."
  9. Click Add.

Internet Explorer 9

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. In the top right corner of the browser, click the Tools icon.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. In the General tab, find the "Search" section and click Settings.
  5. Select Google.
  6. Click Set as default.
  7. Click Close.

Internet Explorer 8

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. In the top right corner of your browser, click the down arrow in the search box.
  3. Click Find More Providers.
  4. Click Google.
  5. Check the box next to "Make this my default search provider."
  6. Click Manage Search Providers.
  7. Click Add.
Firefox
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. In the small search bar in the top right of your browser, click Search Search.
  3. Click Change Search Settings.
  4. Under "Default Search Engine," select Google.
Safari
  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click the search bar.
  3. In the left corner of the search bar, click the magnifying glass.
  4. Select Google.
Android browser
  1. Open your browser app. It could be called Internet or Browser.
  2. Tap the Menu button on your phone or at the top right of the browser.
  3. Tap Settings and then Advanced and then Set search engine.
  4. Tap Google.
 

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