How to Set Google as the Default Search Engine on the iPhone 5

If your iphone is using a search engine like Yahoo or Bing when you make searches in Safari, then you may not see the results that you are accustomed to seeing when you search on your computer.

Luckily this isn’t something you need to live with, as it’s a setting that you can change on your device.

Our tutorial below will show you how ot change the iPhone’s default search engine to Google if you prefer to use that search option instead.

How to Use Google By Default for iPhone Safari Searches

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Safari.
  3. Select Search Engine.
  4. Tap Google.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to set Google as the default search engine in the iPhone Safari browser, including pictures of these steps.

Related Topic: Your browser saves a history of the pages you visit. Our Safari history iPhone tutorial will show you how to find it.

Google has been such a popular search engine since its inception that many people tend to forget that there are still several other popular search options.

So if you want to run a search in the Safari browser on your iPhone and find out that the search results are coming up in Bing or Yahoo, you might wonder how to change that.

Fortunately, your iPhone allows you to configure several different options for the Safari browser, including the default search engine.

You have several different options, including Yahoo, Bing, and Google. So if you want to use Google as the default search engine in Safari on your iPhone, follow our tutorial below.

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How to Set Google as Default Search in Safari on the iPhone 5 (Guide with Pictures)

Note that these steps will only change the default search in Safari. If you are using another Web browser or app, you will need to change the default search engine setting for that app as well (if they provide you with the option to do so).

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

touch the settings icon

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option.

select the safari option

Step 3: Touch the Search Engine option at the top of the screen.

Note that the option that is listed there now is what is currently set as your default search engine.

tap the search engine button

Step 4: Select Google.

There will be a red check mark to the left of it when it has been selected as the default search engine.

how to set google as the default search engine in safari on an iphone

Now that you know how to use Google search by default on your iPhone you can get search results that use their engine instead of whatever the current Apple default search engine setting is providing.

Now any search that you initiate from the address bar at the top of the Safari browser will be executed on Google’s search engine.

You can also choose from other search engines like:

  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Bing
  • DuckDuckGo
  • Ecosia

You won’t be able to set your own search engine, however, if the one that you would like to use is not shown here. You will still need to navigate directly to the Web page for that search engine if you would like to use one not listed above.

Another option would be to download Google default search engine app from the App Store on the device.

Simply open the App Store, choose the Search tab, type “google” into the search field, then download the official Google app.

Did you know that you can browse in the Safari browser on your iPhone without recording your history? Learn how to use private browsing on the iPhone 5.

how to make Google the default search engine in Safari on an iPhone

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