The combination of smartphone or tablet and a search engine makes it easy to find almost anything in the blink of an eye. If you have an Android device, you might think that the search engine has to be Google, but it isn’t. How to change the default search engine on Android.
Google services are built very deeply into Android devices, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them. Google search is no exception. You can easily change the default search engine to a third party.
Change the default search engine to Chrome
To do this, you need to specify the places where you are looking. For most people, it’s the web browser. Google Chrome is the web browser available on all Android devices so let’s start there.
Open minded Google Chrome on their Android Device. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
Select “Settings” from the menu.
Tap on “Search Engine”.
Select one of the search engines from the list.
Chrome is just a web browser that you can use on an Android device. Practically every browser has the option of selecting a standard search engine. Find out about the settings in any browser you use.
Swap out the Google Home Screen Widget
Another common way to access a search engine on your Android device is through a home screen widget. The Google Search widget is standard on many phones and tablets.
Unless you’re using Google’s own launcher on Pixel devices, you can simply remove the Google search widget and replace it with one from your favorite search engine’s app.
First, let’s remove the Google search widget. Start with a long press on the bar.
This may look different depending on the launcher, but you should see an option to “remove” the widget.
That’s it for removal. Now we can add another search widget to the home screen. Long press an empty space on the home screen.
You will see a kind of menu with “widgets” as an option. Select it.
Scroll through the list of widgets and find the widget from the installed search app. We decided DuckDuckGo after installing the web browser from the Play Store. Tap and hold the widget.
Drag it to your home screen and release your finger to drop it.
Now you have quick access to the search engine from your home screen!
Change the default smart assistant
The last thing we can do is change the default app for the digital assistant. On many Android smartphones and tablets, this is set to the Google Assistant by default. It can be accessed via a gesture (swiping from the lower left or right corner), a hot phrase (“Hey / Okay Google”), or a physical button.
Many third-party search apps can be set as the default digital assistant, which means you can quickly launch them with the same gestures.
First, open the Settings menu on your Android phone or tablet by swiping down from the top of the screen (once or twice depending on the manufacturer of your device) to open the notification shade. From there, tap on the gear icon.
Choose Apps & Notifications from the menu.
Now select “Standard Apps”. You may need to expand an Advanced section to see this option.
The section we want to use is “Digital Assistant App”. Tap the item.
Select “Standard app for the digital assistant” above.
Select the search engine you want to use.
Tap OK on the pop-up message to confirm your selection.
That’s it! Now, if you use the assistant gestures, you will be taken straight to a search using your favorite search engine. Hopefully with all of these methods you can use your favorite search engines with ease.