The address bar at the top of a Safari tab on your iPhone also doubles as a search field. If you type a search phrase into that field, it will execute the search in a search engine. However, you may not like the search engine that it uses, so you might be looking for a way to change it.
iOS 9 provides you with four different options for the default search engine in Safari. You can select from Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo. Our guide below will show you how to find this setting so that you can specify which of those search engines you would like to set as Safari’s default.
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Changing the Default Safari Search Engine in iOS 9
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. These steps will also work on other iPhone models running iOS 9.
Note that this only changes the default search engine that is used by Safari. This applies to search that you run using the search bar at the top of a tab. Your iPhone will still use Bing if you do a search through Spotlight Search. Additionally, any other browsers that you have installed on your device, such as Chrome, will have their own settings for the default search engine.
Here is how to change the default Safari search engine in iOS 9 –
- Open the Settings menu.
- Select the Safari option.
- Select the Search Engine option.
- Choose your preferred search engine.
These steps are also shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Safari option.
Step 3: Tap the Search Engine button at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the search engine that you would like to use as your default.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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