Search engines are an integral part of our web experience because they help us find information quickly and easily. On iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Safari uses Google as the default search engine. However, if you want to use a different search engine, you can do so by changing the default in Safari. Read on to find out how.

What search engines are available in Safari?

Before we continue, let’s take a look at the types of search engines available for Safari.

  1. Google: This is a great option for those looking for fast and efficient search results. It is the most popular search engine and offers an impressive set of features including auto-complete, voice search, and personalized results.
  2. Yahoo: This is another popular search engine known for its news, sports, and entertainment content. It also provides users with a personalized search history, augmented reality search, and the innovative My Yahoo feature.
  3. Bing: Owned by Microsoft, this search engine is great for those who want to customize their search. In addition to its elegant user interface and powerful search engine, it also offers many add-ons and extensions to improve your search.
  4. DuckDuckGo: This engine does not track user data and is focused on privacy. This is great for those who value their privacy and want to avoid personalized search results.
  5. Ecosia: This is a unique search engine. She uses the profits from her search engine to help plant trees in areas that need them most. This is a great choice for those who want to do their part to protect the planet.

It may take some trial and error to find one that suits your needs, but the effort is worth it. Now let’s change the default search engine in Safari.

How to change the default search engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone → tap on Safari.
  2. Choose a search engine → select any search engine of your choice.

    Switch the default search engine in Safari for iOS and iPadOS

Keep in mind that changing the default search engine in Safari will cause the same search engine to appear in private browsing as well.

How to change the default search engine in Safari on a Mac

  1. Launch the Safari browser.
  2. From the menu bar at the top, select Safari → Go to Preferences.
    On macOS Monterey or earlier, you’ll see Settings.

    Change the default search engine in Safari

  3. Go to the “Search” tab.

    Go to tab

  4. Click the dropdown menu next to the search engine option.

    Click the dropdown menu next to the search engine option.

  5. Now select the search engine of your choice.

NB: Also, you can click on the search icon in the search bar to switch between different search engines in one click.

Click the search icon in the search bar to switch between different search engines.

Tips for improving your Safari experience

Troubleshooting common issues with the Safari browser can be a daunting task. To make things easier, we’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks for getting the most out of Safari. Here are some other hacks:

  • Safari is updated regularly to fix bugs and add new features, so make sure you always have the latest version.
  • Clearing Safari cache and cookies on your iPhone and Mac can help you fix website loading issues, so clear them out periodically.
  • Extensions and plug-ins can sometimes interfere with Safari. Try disabling them to see if they are causing your problems.
  • If you are having trouble loading web pages, try changing your DNS server to another.


Will changing my default search engine affect my browsing experience in any other way?

Changing the default search engine should not significantly affect your browsing experience. However, the search results you receive may vary depending on the system you choose.

Change for the better

Now you can easily switch between Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ecosia and DuckDuckGo. With the wide range of Apple products, it’s important to make sure you’re always in control of what appears in search results.

By following the steps in this article, you can customize the settings as you see fit. Feel free to leave your concerns, if any, in the comments below.

Read more:

  • How to remove Search Marquis from Chrome and Safari on Mac
  • How to use tab groups in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
  • Best Safari Extensions for iPhone and iPad

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