How to Change Safari Default Search Engine on Mac OS X

Google is undoubtedly one of the most popular search engines in the world as more than 70% of internet users worldwide prefer Google as its default search engine. However, on the flip side, Google doesn’t get the warm welcome from some users who prefer privacy to quick & smart technology.

It is universally accepted that Google gathers data from users who use its search engine. Though Bing and Yahoo! also follow in Google’s footsteps when it comes to data gathering, Google has got an edge over the other two with its robust technology.

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For Mac users, thankfully, the default search engine is DuckDuckGo, which is a privacy-focused search tool. If you are a Mac user using DuckDuckGo, you can switch to other search engines like Bing, Yahoo! and the popular Google.

Below are some easy steps to change your default search engine in Safari for Mac.

How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on Mac

Step 1: Open Safari.

Step 2: Go to Preferences.

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Safari Preferences in Mac OS XStep 3: Click on Search tab. (Here, you can see a drop-down menu with a label Search Engine.)

Safari Search Options in Mac OS XStep 4: Select your choice of search engine from a drop-down menu

Please note that Apple provides four search engine options in the US:

  • DuckDuckGo
  • Google
  • Yahoo!
  • Bing

Change Default Search Enginein Safari for Mac OS X

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Also, note that the how-to mentioned above works for almost all versions of OS X, but DuckDuckGo is only available in Safari 8 for OS X Yosemite. Unlike other browsers, here you don’t have to restart Safari or reboot your Mac.

DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that protects your privacy as to keywords you have entered, your email id etc. If you don’t like to disclose your private details, you can keep DuckDuckGo as a default search engine.

If you are a Mac user and has used different search engines apart from DuckDuckGo, please share your experience with us so that we can give some more information & comparison on different search engines in a separate post.

That’s all for now!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


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