Change Address Bar Search Engine in Google Chrome

Google Chrome uses Google Search by default. If you wish to change the address bar search engine in Google Chrome, you can do so with these steps.

Windows, Linux, & OS X Version

1. Select the wrench in the upper-right corner, then choose Settings. Alternately, you can type chrome://settings/searchEngines in the address bar, press Enter, then skip to step 3.

2. From the Basics tab, select the Manage search engines… button.

3. You will be presented with a list of search engines that you have visited before. You can mouse-over the search engine you wish to use, then select Make default.

Setting default search engine for Chrome address bar

If the search engine you wish to use does not appear in the list, you can add it manually. Type the name of the site in the Add a new search engine field, the domain in the Keyword field, and the search string that the site uses. Place %s in the part of the URL where the search term is supposed to appear. Failure to do this will prevent the Make default button from appearing as an option.

Here are some examples of search strings that you would use:

  • DuckDuckGo –
  • Dogpile –
  • Ask –


iOS & Android Versions

1. With Google Chrome open, select Menu.

2. Choose Settings.

3. Select Search Engine.

4. Select the desired search engine from the list.

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