How to make Google your default search engine on any major web browser

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It’s easy to set Google as your default search engine on any browser.

  • You can make Google your default search engine on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.
  • With Google as your default search engine, every query you put in the address bar goes to Google.
  • Most browsers, except Microsoft Edge, start with Google as the default search engine.
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Even though Google is the most popular search engine, some web browsers still don’t automatically set it as the default. If you want to make sure all your web searches are done through Google, you can adjust your search settings no matter what browser you use.

Here’s how to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

How to make Google the default search engine in Chrome

On a computer:

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. At the top-right of the window next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots and choose Settings in the drop-down.

Screenshot of Chrome new window, with Settings drop-down menu
Select “Settings” in the drop-down under the three-dot icon.

3. Scroll down to the Search engine section and click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar.

Screenshot of Chrome Settings page, Search Engine section
Click the drop-down next to “Search engine used in the address bar.”

4. Choose Google in the drop-down. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Choose search engine dropdown list
Select Google in the drop-down list.

On the Google Chrome mobile app:

1. Start the Chrome app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal dots at the bottom-right of the screen. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Choose Settings in the pop-up.

Screenshot of Chrome app on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Choose Search Engine page on Chrome on iPhone
Choose Google as your preferred search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Firefox

On a computer:

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal lines at the top-right of the screen and then click Settings in the drop-down.

Screenshot of Firefox on desktop three-dot menu drop-down
Select “Settings” in the drop-down list.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Search tab.

Screenshot of Firefox Settings main page on desktop
Go to the “Search” tab.

4. In the Default Search Engine section, click the drop-down and choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search Engine section of Settings
Choose Google in the drop-down list.

On the Firefox mobile app:

1. Start the Firefox app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the bottom-right corner. Select Settings in the pop-up.

Screenshot of Firefox on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. In the General section, tap Search.

Screenshot of Firefox Settings page
Under “General,” tap “Search.”

4. Under Default Search Engine, select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Default Search Engine page on Firefox iPhone app
Tap Google to set it as your default search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Safari

On a Mac:

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. Click in the search bar and then, in the left corner, click the magnifying glass.

3. In the drop-down, choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Safari web browser magnifying glass drop-down
After clicking the magnifying glass, select Google in the drop-down.

On an iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

Screenshot of iPhone Settings list of apps
Tap “Safari” in the list of apps in Settings.

3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Search engine selection page in iPhone Settings
Choose Google as your preferred web browser.

How to make Google the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

On a computer:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal dots in the top-right corner of the window and then choose Settings at the bottom of the pop-up.

Screenshot of Microsoft Edge three-dot drop-down menu
Choose “Settings” in the drop-down menu.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab.

Screenshot of Edge Settings menu
Go to the “Privacy, search, and services” tab.

4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of Edge Settings page on "Privacy, search, and services" tab
Click “Address bar and search.”

5. Click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar, and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Address bar and search page in Settings in Edge on desktop
Choose Google as your preferred browser.

On the Edge mobile app for iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Apple device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone three-dot pop-up menu
Tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. On the Settings page, tap Advanced Settings.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone Settings main page
Go to “Advanced settings.”

4. Tap Search Engine and then tap Others… and select Google from the list.

Screenshot of Edge app on iPhone search engine selection page
Tap Google and a blue check mark will appear.

5. Once you’ve selected Google, hit Done in the upper-right corner. Your default search engine should now be changed.

On the Edge mobile app for Android:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Android device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android three-dot pop-up menu
Select “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and select Search.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android Settings page
Under “Advanced,” tap “Search.”

4. Tap Default search engine, and choose Google on the next page. Your default search engine should now be changed.

Screenshot of Edge app on Android select search engine page
Select Google as your preferred search engine.

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Microsoft Bing censored image searches related to the Tiananmen Square massacre on its 32nd anniversary – even for US users

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing was displaying no image search results for "tank man," a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Microsoft-owned search engine Bing was displaying no image search results for “tank man,” a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • Microsoft search engine Bing is showing no image results to users searching “tank man.”
  • The phrase references the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, where Chinese troops killed protestors.
  • The apparent censorship comes as Beijing cracks down on vigils honoring those killed.
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Microsoft-owned search engine Bing was not displaying any image results to US users who searched for the term “tank man” on Friday, and appeared to be down-ranking some image searches for other terms related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Vice earlier reported that users in France, Switzerland, and the UK also saw no results when searching Bing for images of “tank man.”

Insider was able to confirm the lack of image results for US users, and also found significant discrepancies between the image results for “Tiananmen Square tank man” shown by Bing versus Google.

“This is due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve this,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Insider.

Microsoft Bing showed users pictures of Tiananmen Square's "Gate of Heavenly Peace," while Google showed the infamous image of a protestor in front of Chinese tanks.
Microsoft Bing showed users pictures of Tiananmen Square’s “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” while Google showed the infamous image of a protestor in front of Chinese tanks.

Microsoft’s apparent censorship came on the anniversary of the student-led protests, in which the Chinese military killed at least hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators. The phrase “tank man” refers to an infamous photo of a single protestor obstructing the path of Chinese tanks.

Beijing has recently cracked down on vigils and protests within China and Hong Kong seeking to mark the Tiananmen Square protests.

This is a developing story….

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Search engine Ecosia plants trees in exchange for searches. It uses pay-per-click ads to fund projects that positively impact both people and nature.

Ecosia tree planting
Ecosia has supported Makada to plant cashew and mango trees on her farm along the Daka river in Ghana.

  • The more searches people make, the more trees Ecosia plants.
  • The German search engine finances its eco-regeneration activities through pay-per-click ads.
  • The company’s chief tree planting officer told Insider how it chooses which projects to fund.
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Ecosia is a search engine with a difference.

For roughly every 45 searches made, the Berlin-based company plants a tree.

And Ecosia measures its success not based on how much money it makes, but on how many trees it has planted – and it’s planted almost 126 million so far, at a current rate of one tree per second.

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“Trees are really our currency,” Pieter Van Midwoud, the company’s chief tree planting officer, told Insider, calling it the company’s KPI.

When CEO Christian Kroll set up the company in December 2009, “he wanted to plant trees,” Midwoud said.

Ecosia CEO Christian Kroll
Ecosia CEO Christian Kroll set up the search engine so he could finance tree planting.

“He didn’t necessarily want to set up a search engine. His idea was: ‘where is there a lot of money to plant trees with?'”

“So the search engine was built to serve the purpose of planting the trees,” he said.

Midwoud has worked at Ecosia since 2016, and has overseen the company’s reforestation projects across the world. This involves choosing sites, ensuring the correct trees are planted in each region, working with local communities, and using satellite tech to monitor the trees.

Pieter Van Midwoud
Pieter Van Midwoud oversees Ecosia’s diverse tree portfolio.

Ecosia focuses largely on biodiversity hotspots with biologically isolated ecosystems, such as East African mountains, Madagascar, and the Brazilian coast.

Midwoud said Ecosia only plants native trees, and not exotic or invasive species. It’s planted more than 750 species so far and is working to create a diverse portfolio.

There are two main criteria that Ecosia considers when choosing which projects to support: they need to have an impact on both people and nature, supporting the local community, as well as restoring nature in the area.

Ecosia trees in Senegal
A tree-growing project that Ecosia has funded in Senegal.

For projects to be successful, Midwoud said Ecosia has to understand the “socio-economic reality” of the communities it’s working with, and what drives them to take ownership of the projects.

Ecosia finances its tree planting through ads

Midwoud said there had been a big jump in users over recent years, especially among young people, as awareness of the climate crisis grows. He said it had the youngest audience of all search engines.

Ecosia describes its business model as “a hybrid between a non-profit and full-profit business.” Rather than using its profits to pay dividends to shareholders, it uses them to fund reforestation projects.

In 2018, Ecosia became a “steward-owned” company, which means its shares can’t be sold at a profit or owned by people outside of the company, and that profits can’t be taken out of Ecosia.

Ecosia earns money from pay-per-click ads that appear alongside search results. The ads are delivered by Ecosia’s partner Bing, who pays Ecosia a share of the revenue generated via these ads.

Ecosia said the amount of the money it earns per click depends on the competition of the keyword and the value of what is being advertised.

Ecosia search engine homepage
Ecosia has planted almost 126 million trees.

“A click on one of the more lucrative keyword ads may finance multiple trees at a time, others may finance a fraction,” the company says in its FAQs, noting that search terms like “bank account” are likely to be of higher value than “chocolate.” It said that it earns an average of 0.005 euros per search.

Because of this, the company said that its income varies between months. It gets less income during the European summer months because people would rather be outside, but revenue peaks during the winter, especially around the holidays.

The company focuses on transparency and publishes monthly financial reports that show how much money it made from searches, what percentage of its revenue went towards trees, and how many trees it planted.

Ghana cashew trees Ecosia
Ecosia supported a project in Ghana growing cashew trees.

In April, Ecosia made 2.25 million euros. Just under half of this revenue – or 80% of its profits – went towards planting almost 7 million trees. The rest of the income was largely spent on direct and indirect costs such as taxes, salaries, and advertising. The remaining 20% of its profits went towards “green investments.”

As for Midwoud, his favorite species is the baobab, a tree with a nutritious fruit found mainly in Africa. The trees survive by storing a lot of water in their bark, and can grow up to more than 200 feet tall, making them often the only tree you can see.

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