How to Change the Default Search Engine in the Firefox iPhone Browser

You can initiate search engine searches in Firefox by typing a term into the address bar at the top of the screen. If you start a search this way, however, then Firefox will use the search engine that is currently the default choice. If you have not changed this setting before, then it is likely that Yahoo is currently your default search engine.

This setting is adjustable however, and you can select a default search engine from a list of options. Our guide below will show you where to find this list so that you can specify a new search engine to be used when you make searches in Firefox.


How to Use Google as the Default Search Engine in Firefox

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. The version of Firefox being used is the most current one available when this article was written. Note that this will only affect the search engine that is used when you type a search term into the address bar at the top of the screen. You can still browse directly to a search engine and use that engine on its own.

Step 1: Open Firefox.

open firefox



Step 2: Tap the Menu icon in the bar at the bottom of the screen. If that bar isn’t visible, swipe down on the screen.

open the Firefox menu

Step 3: Swipe left on the pop-up menu.

swipe left on the first menu screen



Step 4: Tap the Settings icon.

tap the settings icon



Step 5: Select the Search option in the General section of the menu.

select the search option



Step 6: Tap the current search engine under Default Search Engine at the top of the screen.

select the current default search engine



Step 7: Select the new default search engine for the Firefox browser on your iPhone.

how to set the default search engine in firefox on an iPhone



This setting can be changed at any time, so you can come back here and try different search engines if you find that your current choice isn’t providing the quality of search results that you would like.


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