Even if your default mobile browser is Google Chrome, you might want Google not to be your search engine as well. Maybe you're not impressed with Google's search results all the time, you might want to have a more private search experience, or you just do not want Google handing over everything in your life. In any case, it's easy to switch from Google to another standard search engine.
Those of you who have a Microsoft PC can choose Bing as the default search engine in Chrome. This is possible on Android as well as on the iPhone. Other standard options that you can select for the Omnibox address bar in Chrome include Bing, Google, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. However, you can also select another search engine, which you must add manually.
: Modify the Search Engine Using Google Picks
Whether you're on Android or iOS, the method is the same here. With Chrome open, first tap the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••). For iOS, this is right below, for Android depending on the device below or top right.
Then click "Settings" and then "Search Engine". On the following screen, choose between Google, Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. In older versions of Chrome on mobile devices before Chromium 73 was released, you could also choose other search engines like AOL and Ask. After you have made your selection, simply press "Done" or the Back button to confirm your selection.
Option 2: Change the Search Engine to "Anything You Want"
If you do not like the alternatives offered by Google, there is a way to select your own default search engine either on your iPhone or Android phone.
For example, if you want to create your default search engine Ask, visit ask.com in Chrome, and then do a search for something. Older Chrome versions may display a pop-up asking you to add the search engine to your list of options before performing a search. To do this, tap the "Add" button. For newer versions, however, there is no prompt, but it is added after a search.
Next, tap the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••), choose Settings, Search Engine, and your custom search engine should now appear at Recently visited . Select it and touch Done or the back button and you're ready to go.
Almost every website you can search can become your default search engine. You can even set gadget hacks as default on gadgethacks.com if you wanted. However, certain site search tools may not always work as the default search engine in Chrome because the sites are not optimized to properly read how Chrome formats them. If this does not work, just switch back to another search engine.