How to Change Default Search Engine in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

Learn how to change the default search engine in the Apple Safari on iPhone or iPad from the Settings. You can enable a few search options for ease of use.

There have been a lot of complaints regarding the data theft and misuse of the user browsing data. Hence, it became a new norm for browsing software and app developers to offer multiple search engine options rather than a default. This will avoid monopoly and freedom to choose whatever search engine you want.

To follow the trend, the Apple Safari browser does offer the flexibility of choosing any search engine out of Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. However, we do not have the option to add a custom search engine. Anyway, having the option to choose a search engine other than the default is even enough.

If you’re a person who always strives to secure the data privacy, then I suggest opting for DuckDuckGo. However, if you’re someone who needs fast and accurate search results, then opt for either Google or Bing.

Related: How to Change Search Engine in Safari Mac?

Even the Chrome Android and Edge Android offer similar flexibility when it comes to choosing a default search engine. Though the Edge browser has defaulted to Microsoft’s Bing search.

How to Change Search Engine in Safari?

Based on a mutual agreement between Apple and Google, Google Search is the default search in Safari browser across all its devices. However, one can easily adjust to any other search available on the options list.

Here are the steps to change the search engine in Safari on iOS and iPadOS:

  1. Open the Settings on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and choose the Safari app browser from the Settings page.
  3. Within the Safari Settings, select the Search Engine option.
  4. Now choose the search engine that you want to display search results (default: Google).

Default Search Engine in Safari iOS iPadOS

This will change the default search engine in the Safari browser to the chosen one. Next time when you do the search in the Safari browser, the results will be appearing from the new search engine.

There are also a few other search suggestions and related options that you can consider modifying per needs. If you do not want to make any changes, then you can leave the options as default.

Search Options and Suggestion in Safari iPhone iPad

Bottom Line: Safari iOS Change Search Engine

It’s great to see the flexibility the Safari browser has offered in terms of changing the search engine and choosing a preferred one. However, I feel the Safari browser developer should also provide an option to set a custom search engine that isn’t listing in the search engine option list.

Personally, I prefer to keep things simple and love using the default Google search engine across all the devices and browsers. I sign-in with multiple google accounts profiles and keep the search history sync.

Similarly, you can also customize and change the search engine in the Safari mac computer. The options of search engines are the same as Safari on iOS along with a few search suggestions customization.

What do you feel about the ability to customize the search engine within the Safari browser? What is your new default search engine (if you’ve changed)?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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