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

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Nothing beats Google services...

3. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Microsoft's services are okay too! Xbox, Office, Onedrive... All seems to be okay too. Though not in par with Google's, yet.

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

While Bing might not be as good as Google Search, Office and OneDrive are way better in terms of speed and availability. They're available to most mobile and desktop OSes out there, unlike Google's. And Xbox Music is also much better than Google Play Music All Access. Overall, I'd say Google has the better Search and Maps app, and MS has the better Office solutions and cloud storage, along with better multimedia offerings with Xbox. Both of these giants' services are great and on par with each other. No arguments below please! Peace.

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....you got'em by the balls on that one... Clearly this guy has no idea what he speaks most of the times. He just uses copy/paste from some other forums to get few likes.

42. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

You seem to have a high liking for balls since you mention it in most of your comments.

43. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh yeah.....point out another comment of mine mentioning that. I am sure you won't reply. Trolls like you can bark at the van but when the van stops you've no guts to do anything.

36. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

most of people dont using service like google drive becoz people prefer drop box but people now prefer onedrive .here is google app is flop . next come hangout agaain people mostly prfer skype and whatapp . last browser 90% of android user prefer bing search or uc browser .

37. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You forgot to say that most people using WP prefer onedrive. I find your last one really funny. 90% of Android users prefer bing search or uc browser. That one made my day.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Also what about Microsoft forcing people to use bing on WP now. There is no choice or option to use Google.

29. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe in Office products MS is better but I strongly disagree for the cloud storage part. Can you exactly point out how ? P.S.:If you don't want an argument don't post a comment on a public forum. Just open an MS Word, type in your comment and delete the file. No one will argue with you then.

32. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I choose OneDrive over icloud or google drive on my iphone mostly because I have a source I can get my office 365 sub from for about $25/ year. It's a size thing, I like having 1 TB cloud storage available for everything, but I also know this probably isn't the case for most users.

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You can still use Office and backup your files at G Drive just as easily. G Drive offers 1TB from $9.99, too.https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375123?hl=en

38. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google offers unlimited storage for $9.99 a month now.

45. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I know you're kidding.... I use linux, and I can't use MS Office (2010 with wine, ok) nor OneDrive. And linux has more users than OSX. Microsoft have a amazing desktop OS and amazing Office (although its online implementation is way crippled), but they can't compete with googleapps, and I don't even believe they want to have all the alternatives to googleapps. I really don't believe that google don't release their apps in WP just because "they don't want to rise a rival".... They release great polished apps in all platforms, even first in iOs sometimes... Where can't you use googleapps? They are web based, you can't go more available than that

41. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

...At spying on users.

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: 430; 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: 6740; 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: 6025; 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?

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: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ouch! ;-)

6. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hm...now who would do this?

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