Change Safari Default Search Engine

What is default search engine?

All web browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, etc., give you an option to set your default search engine and go on smoothly with your web searches. Default search engine carries out web searches directly from the web browser address bar, without having any need to open individual search engine website. You may use any other search engine by first visiting its site and then searching for your keywords. But it is preferred that your set your favourite search engine as your default search engine for convenience and saving time. Let’s see how to set Safari default search engine per your choice.

How to change Safari default search engine?

It can be frustrating to not have a search engine of your preference as a default setting in Safari browser. It would make your searches take longer time as first, you’d have to switch to the search engine of your choice. Also, many times while directly searching, you’d find your searches being carried out through a search engine that you don’t like.

And hence, Safari, just like other web browsers, comes with an option to change your default search engine. By default, Safari performs web searches through Google. But you may switch that to Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo with just a few clicks:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Scroll down and open the Safari.
  3. Locate the Search section.
  4. Tap on Search Engine.
  5. Choose your preferred search engine from GoogleYahoo, Bingor DuckDuckGo.
  6. Exit the Settings app.

Customize your searches on Safari

1. Prevent it from giving you search engine suggestions

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences
  2. Click Search.
  3. Deselect Include search engine suggestions.

Doing this avoids Safari from sending the search engine your partial search terms as you type them, and the search engine from sending Safari search suggestions to show in the results list below the search and address field.

2. Prevent searching within a site from Smart Search Field

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Deselect Enable Quick Website Search.

3. Prevent Pre-loading the top search hit

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Deselect Preload Top Hit in the background.

Doing this prevents Safari from loading a page it determines to be the top hit based on your bookmarks and browsing history while you’re typing in the Smart Search field.

Have a happy Safari searching experience!