Chrome Mobile

Chrome may be made by Google, but you can choose to search with another provider if you wish

ACU The BasicsChrome, the built in browser on almost all Android devices, is Google's home-built browser for the mobile web. Google started packaging Chrome with Android so that users could have a more unified experience switching back and forth between their mobile and desktop browsers. One of the biggest features of the browser is that you can search directly from the address bar, much like you can on its desktop counterpart. Chrome makes it extremely easy to customize almost every aspect of how the mobile browser works, just like your full browser on your computer.

One of the easiest customizations to the browser is the ability to change the search provider that the application uses by default.

How to change your default search engine in Chrome

Chrome Overflow Menu

1 . Tap on the Overflow menu button in the top-right corner of the app, which will drop down a menu. Depending on if you have any tabs open or not, the menu will list different choices.

2 . Tap on the Settings button, which will launch you into the main settings menu.

Chrome Settings

3 . Under the Basics section, tap on the Search engine button. The search engine that is currently selected as the default is written in a smaller font under the button text.

4 . Now that you are in the selection menu, you can select from five different search providers. You can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, and Aol. Google is set as the default search engine (of course) on Chrome, so you will have to manually go into every one of your devices if you do not want them to use Google at all.

One thing to know is that changing your default search engine in Chrome does not change Google Now or Google Search as these will always run your queries through Additionally, if you are using Google Chrome Beta, the instructions are exactly the same but the menus will look slightly different from the picture above.


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How to change your default search engine in Chrome


>"Chrome may be made by Google, but you can choose to search with another provider if you wish"

Yes, but what do you want to bet your search request information still goes to Google anyway, even if it then gets redirected elsewhere? Honestly, I don't know the answer, but I suspect Google knows a lot more about our browsing than most people realize.

Why would you think it is illegal? Remember all that fine print you didn't read when you signed up for a Google Account? And when you activated your phone? And when you started to use the Play Store?

I wouldn't change simply for the reason that google now would be a lot less useful for me if it didn't pull up information from my searches.

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Seems like you're pretty convinced that google's the good guy. Google is an advertising company, they make money by getting the right advertiser in front of you. They do this by getting as much information as they can from you. Your email, your documents, your musical tastes, the television you watch, the discounts you pursue, the bank you use and how you pay for things, your surfing habits, geolocation, navigation, opinions, social media, etc. So not claiming any conspiracies here, but, yeah google is gathering everything you do to provide you a better service. Whether you like it or not.

I am not going to coddle people who refuse to read Google TOS and sign up for every Google Service unknowingly. News Flash: You can control even aspect of your Google Account. I hate uninformed comments who bash Google because they don't know how to read or use Dashboard.

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device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.

Anyone know if it's possible to specify a search engine not listed? I use Google's UK engine (it returns results which are generally more specific to the UK).

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I think it automatically uses Google UK search engine if your IP is from the UK. At least that seems to be the case on mine.

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Its hard to believe that there are people who don't know to just go into the browser settings to change the default search engine.

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Click on the 3 little lines button in the top right hand corner of the browser window, navigate to the settings button and click on that. Once you've clicked on it, a window will open up in the browser and in that window you will see a heading "Search" underneath that you will see like a drop down box of sorts that you can change your search engine from. If you don't come right visit this site it's where i got my info from. Hope that helps