How to Change the Safari Default Search Engine on Mac

Apple doesn’t have a search engine, yet. Despite Safari being the native browser for macOS, it uses Google Search as the default search engine. So every time you search on Safari, you get search results based on Google’s algorithm.

Maybe you don’t want that and instead want to go with a different search engine, or have changed it by mistake. Luckily for you, there is an easy way to change the default search engine on the Safari browser on your Mac. 

In this article, I’ll show you how to do that in just a few clicks. Let’s start!

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Change the Safari Default Search Engine on Mac

Step 1: Launch Safari.

Step 2: Click on Safari from the menu bar in the top left corner.

Step 3: Choose Preferences from the dropdown.

Step 4: Click on the Search tab. Choose your desired search engine from the Search engine: option.

For example, I just selected “Google” to be my default search engine.

That’s it! You don’t need to restart the Safari browser. The changes will be effective as soon as you select the default search engine. From now on, you can just search for anything from your favorite search engine that you recently set as default.


Why is my Default Search Engine Redirecting me to Bing Instead of Google?

This can be due to an issue with your web browser’s settings or your computer’s security features. It is also possible that malware infection is to blame. If a virus is detected on your Mac, run a full system scan with your antivirus and remove the virus if found.

Which Search Engines can be Used on Safari Mac?

Safari defaults to using Google as the default search engine, but if you prefer, you can choose alternative search engines including Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia.


That concludes this guide on how to change Safari default search engine on Mac. As you can see, Google is set as the default search engine. But for those that prefer something different, Safari offers a few other options. 

In addition, changing the default search engine takes nothing more than a few clicks. By the end of it, you’ll know which search engine to make as default when browsing the web with Safari.

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