Android: how to make Bing or Yahoo the default search engine in Chrome

Android: how to make Bing or Yahoo the default search engine in Chrome
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

If you use Chrome as the everyday browser on your Android phone or tablet you probably know that, like other browsers, it allows you to search the web directly from the address bar. The default search engine in this case is, of course, Google. However, if you prefer another search engine, Chrome allows you to change that.

Instead of Google, you can make Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing your default search engine, and even choose Ask or AOL (though almost no one uses these two anymore). 

Changing the default search engine in Chrome for Android is a simple thing to do. Whether or not you have open tabs when you fire up Chrome, you’ll need to tap on the menu button found on the upper right corner. A dropdown menu will then show up (this lists more options if you have at least one tab open). Select Settings from the dropdown menu, then go to Search Engine (this should appear right below your email address). After that, you’ll see a list of available search engines that can be set as default. As already mentioned, besides Google, the list includes Yahoo, Bing, Ask and AOL. You can change and re-change the default search engine at any time - Chrome saves your settings instantly.

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46 Comments

46. freedda

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Talk about off-topic comments! I followed your instructions and found a list of search engines, but it only has three: Google, Bing, and Yahoo. What if I want to use another search engine?

44. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I'm all for giving the user options. Something not all OS do, well one anyway. But I'll stick with Google.

30. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Is that all? Can't you add third party search engines to Chrome?

28. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

All I use Bing for is getting money.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, phone arena had an article recently regarding the quality of Google Now and Siri, and Google wound up leapfrogging Siri from last years test. The main difference was Siri started using Bing and Yahoo to reference various types of information instead of Google. So if you want to say that Bing is as good as Google then well, there's that.

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Try this : search for images using the ff key words "cream pie" Google w/ safe search off : gives you pictures of various pie varieties Bing w/ safe search off : (wink wink) ;-D That's how fckd up Google is when it comes to censorship.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Never tried that one. xD

15. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Good to see you using Microsoft's services, for something at least.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Try schoolgirl. xD

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I can't turn Google safesearch off, anybody same experience here?

31. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

When you turn Safe Search off in Bing, you're basically telling it to give you only porn...

33. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

last time I tried "schoolgirl", I didn't even turn off Safe Search. It was the default settings. :3 (It was a long time ago, somewhere 1-3 months, I guess, and I did mention it in a post) But yeah, if you turn off safesearch, there is probably something... Haha.

10. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Bing ftw! it always gives you what you're looking for.. ..... porn that is

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's the best search engine for porn... even when you are not trying to search for porn. Anyway, it's well appreciated that Google lets you use Bing and other search engines on Google Chrome... so you can search for porn... when you are not even trying to search for porn.

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

That's true. +1

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Options, way more then the, err never mind.. 8)

6. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hm...now who would do this?

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If i had to choose between shooting myself in the balls or using Bing, I'd probably use Bing. But I'd have to think about it for a moment first.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ouch! ;-)

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I use Bing anyway. Free cash for searching.

5. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yep they need t do that. Since Bing can't compete Google on quality , they need to offer incentive for using inferior services

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And M$ has all this "Scroogled" BS-propaganda thing going on, that also because they can't complete w/ quality, they try to make Google look bad. Pathetic.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It is on par with google. People refuse to believe this, but they are about the same. I hear Bing is terrible outside the U.S., but I am in the U.S. their search results are basically the same

14. D.Aceveda

Posts: 455; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Bing is awful LOL

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I have used both. Both yield about the same search results. It is just everyone is on the Bing hate train. They don't even try it before they knock it

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

It's not on par yet. Bing didn't even had query search till last week.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7677; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you use or need any information on any OS other then Microsoft's OS's. Then bing sucks.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Calling Microsoft's services inferior is wrong. MS offer the better cloud and Office apps, with better integration with desktop OSes like Windows and OS X. Also, these are available on most mobile OSes as well, such as Android, iOS, WP and even the dead Symbian. Google's might be better, but its not available everywhere and with so many people NOT using it, you can't call it a clear winner.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I will agree with your office comment, disagree with you cloud comment. But we all have our preferences.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

How is Bing not as good as Google?

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