Here’s a handy tip for all new iPhone/iPad users who want to change the default search engine on Safari iOS 7.x. Safari, the web browser of choice for most iOS users, lets you search on Google, Bing or Yahoo quickly.
Safari’s unified search bar lets you search the web without having to first go to Google or Yahoo or Bing’s website and then type the search term. Instead, you just type the search term in the unified bar and you get to the results page right from here. The default search engine is Google.
I don’t know why someone would want to change the search engine to something other than Google but let’s assume that you do want to change it.
Here’s how change default search engine in Safari on your iPhone or iPad:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down and tap on Safari
- Now, tap on the first label that says Search Engine
- Pick a search engine from Google, Yahoo! and Bing
- Quit the settings app. Also, quit Safari from the background if you have it opened.
- Restart Safari and search from the unified bar. You’ll now be directed to the results page of the search engine you picked.
Apple’s Siri switched to Bing ever since the iOS upgrade. It’s a strategic move from Apple to get away from Google services as much as possible (the first to go was Maps and YouTube). Incidentally, Safari still uses Google as the default search. We’re not sure if this might change in iOS 8, the upcoming iOS firmware to be showcased at WWDC 2014.
To trick Siri into showing results from Google instead of Bing, you just have to precede any search query with “Google”. So if you’re looking for information about iPhone 6 rumors, you just say, “Google iPhone 6 rumors” and Siri would bring search results from Google.