Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on the iPad

You have probably noticed that you can type a search term into the address bar at the top of Safari and it will automatically search the Web for that term. But you might not like the search engine that is being used to run this search, and you have wondered how to change it.

Fortunately this is an option that can be modified in the Safari settings menu, and you can select from several different options so that Safari will use your preferred search engine for any address bar searches instead of the default option that is currently set on the device.


Switch Default Search in Safari on an iPad 2

The steps in this article were performed on an iPad 2, in iOS 8. Earlier versions of iOS may have slightly different directions.

We will be switching from Bing to Google in the steps below. You can choose between Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. Note that this will only change the default search engine used in Safari. Spotlight Search and other Web browser apps will still use their own default settings.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

tap the settings icon



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option in the column at the left side of the screen.

open the safari menu



Step 3: Touch the Search Engine button at the top of the right side of the screen.

select the search engine option



Step 4: Select your preferred search engine.

select the preferred search engine



Would you like to see your bookmarked favorites at the top of your iPad’s Safari screen? Read here to find out how to adjust this setting. newsletter

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