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How to Change Default Search Engine in Firefox [Mobile & PC]



Change Default Search Engine in Firefox

Firefox browser is known for its privacy and security features. This browser lets you block websites, manage passwords, and more. It is the second most popular open-source web browser and one of the best alternatives to the Chrome browser. It also provides a wide range of extensions and search engines. Usually, Google is the default search engine in the Firefox browser. However, Firefox lets you change the default search engine to others like Bing, Duck Duck Go & more.

How to Change Default Search Engine in Firefox [Windows & Mac]

1. Open Firefox on your Windows or Mac. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, click here to download it.

2. Click on the hamburger menu and click Settings.

Settings in FireFox browser

3. Click on Search, and tap the drop-down menu under the Default Search Engine. Select the search engine from the available options.

Default search engine in Firefox

Adding a New Search Engine

1. To add a custom search engine in Firefox, go to the website. Click on the address bar.

2. Click on Bubble or Three dots on the respective icon (Here, we have added a Twitter).

Adding Twitter

3. Twitter will be added to the list of search engines under Search Shortcuts.

Added Twitter in the search shorcuts

4. Similarly, you can add your desired search engine by following the above steps.

Note: If you have trouble adding a search engine, clear the cache on Firefox and try adding again.

Restore Built-in Search Engine

1. Go to Firefox Settings → Search.

2. Select the search engine and click on Restore Default Search Engines.

Restoring default search engine in Firefox

3. Finally, your default search engine will be restored on the Firefox browser.

Hide & Remove Search Engine

To hide the search engine,

1. Hit the Menu button and select Settings.

2. In the Settings tab, select Search in the left pane.

3. Under Search Shortcuts, undo the tick next to each search engine you don’t want to use.

Select Search and remove the Checkmarks

To remove the search engine,

1. Click Menu Settings.

2. On Settings, click Search on the left pane.

3. Below Search Shortcuts, select the Search Engines you want to remove.

4. Click the Remove button to remove the search engine.

select the Checkmarks and click Remove

How to Change Default Search Engine in Android

1. Launch the Firefox app on an Android phone, click the three dots, and select Settings.

Select Settings

2. Under General, select Search. On the next page, select the search engine of your choice.

Select Search bar

Add Search Engine

1. To add a new search engine, tap the + icon and add a search engine from Settings → Search → Add Search Engine.

2. Next, type the search engine’s name and the string to use. Then, tap Tick on the top right. Once added, browse safely on Firefox using the search engine.

Remove Search Engines

To remove the Search Engine in Firefox, select Settings and go to Search. Next, tap the three dots and click Delete to remove the search engines.

Click the three dots and click Delete

How to Change Default Search Engine on iPhone & iPad

1. Unlock your iPhone and launch the Firefox app.

2. Tap on Menu at the bottom of the page (iPad – top of the page).

Click the Menu on bottom

3. Go to Settings Search.

changing search engine in Firefox

4. Google is the default search engine on Firefox. However, you can choose other search engines based on your choice by selecting one from the list.

select Search Engine of your choice

5. You can add a custom search engine by selecting Add Search Engine.

Click Add search Engine to change the search engine in Firefox

Search Engines Supported on Firefox Browser

Here are the popular search engines that can be added to your Firefox browser

  1. Yahoo
  2. Google Search
  3. Bing
  4. Baidu
  6. DuckDuckGo
  7. Yandex

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to set DuckDuckGo as a default search engine in Firefox?

Go to the Firefox browser and click on the Hamburger menu in the top right corner. Click on Settings -> Search (on the left side). Under the Default Search Engine section, click on the dropdown and select DuckDuckGo.

2. Is Firefox a better browser than Google?

Firefox is a more private and secure browser than Google Chrome. Chrome is faster, but Firefox’s tracking protection is more comprehensive than Chrome.

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