How to change the default search engine on Android

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.

Select settings

Tap on “Search Engine”.

Tap the search engine

Select one of the search engines from the list.

choose a search engine

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.

long press the widget

This may look different depending on the launcher, but you should see an option to “remove” the widget.

tap Remove

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.

press long space

You will see a kind of menu with “widgets” as an option. Select it.

Tap on the Widgets option


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.

Tap and hold the widget

Drag it to your home screen and release your finger to drop it.

put it on the home screen

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.

Swipe to open the Google Assistant

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.

open the device settings

Choose Apps & Notifications from the menu.

Select apps and notifications


Now select “Standard Apps”. You may need to expand an Advanced section to see this option.

Tap Default Apps

The section we want to use is “Digital Assistant App”. Tap the item.

digital assistant app

Select “Standard app for the digital assistant” above.

Choose the default app for the digital assistant

Select the search engine you want to use.

choose your search engine

Tap OK on the pop-up message to confirm your selection.

Tap OK

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.

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