Changing Default Search Engine in Safari – A Simple Solution

Safari, available only for macOS, allows you to browse the internet without having to go to Google, Yahoo, or any other search engine’s main page.

While Google is usually the default search engine, you don’t have to go to Google’s home page to perform a search. Simply open Safari, enter the term you want to search, and Safari will redirect you to Google’s search results page.

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DuckDuckGo is the browser of choice for privacy-conscious users

Even though most people love Google and may not have any complaints about using it as their default search engine, that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to it.

Google Fined $22 Million

Of course, many users prefer to continue using Google since they are used to all its features. However, privacy-concerned users are looking for other options since Google gathers users’ search history and data for advertising.

Google was fined over $22 million for Safari privacy violations in 2012 for circumventing Safari’s security settings to track users and target them with ads.

DuckDuckGo — A Privacy-Based Alternative

Privacy-conscious users prefer DuckDuckGo for searching the internet.

DuckDuckGo was founded in 2008 with user’s privacy in mind. Their mobile browser and desktop extension come with private search and protection from trackers as you surf the internet.

How To Change Safari’s Default Search Engine

In iOS, you can change Safari’s default search engine to Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia — a search engine based in Berlin, Germany that donates 80% of its profits to nonprofit organizations that focus on reforestation (Source: Wikipedia).

  1. In iOS, open Settings and scroll down until you see Safari
  2. Tap on Safari and look for Search Engine near the top
  3. Tap on Search Engine and select a new vendor from the list (Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia)

Search Result Quality

DuckDuckGo is an excellent alternative to keep your searches and browsing private from trackers and advertisers. DuckDuckGo does not store personal information about your search engines.

While their service is free and protects your privacy, their search results are often inferior to Google’s vast internet database.

If you’re searching for new shoes or researching travel destinations, you shouldn’t have a problem with DuckDuckGo.

But, if you’re doing deep research about uncommon topics, Google is your best bet for good search results.

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