How to Change the Default Search Engine in Google Chrome

by Andrew Tennyson
Image courtesy of Google

Version 41 of Google Chrome has a dedicated Settings panel through which you can customize many of the browser’s features, including the default search engine. Use the Chrome Menu button in the top-right corner of the browser to access the Settings panel.

Step 1

The Chrome Menu button is located in the top-right corner.

Click the three-line “Chrome Menu” button in the top corner of any Chrome browser window.

Step 2

Open the Settings panel.

Select “Settings” to open Chrome’s Settings panel.

Step 3

Depending on your browser, you may not need to scroll down.

Scroll down to the Search section of the Settings panel and click the “Manage Search Engines” button. When you click this button, Chrome displays a list of search engines currently set up for use in Chrome.

Step 4

Set the new search engine as the default.

Hover your mouse over the search engine you want to set as your new default and then click the “Make Default” button.

Save your changes.

Click the "Done" button to save your changes.


  • If the search engine you want isn’t listed, use the Manage Search Engines window to add it. Scroll down to the bottom of the Manage Search Engines window and enter the required details for the new search engine in the provided fields. Once you’ve added the engine, hover over it on the list of available search engines and click “Make Default” to set it as the default.
  • If you’re using Chrome on a smartphone or tablet, you change your default search engine slightly differently. Tap the “Menu” icon in the top corner of the browser and touch “Settings” to load the Settings panel. Tap “Search Engine” under the Basics heading and choose the browser you want to set as your default.


Photo Credits

  • Image courtesy of Google

About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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