Most modern browsers now use the URL bar as a dual-function search bar. You can obviously enter the URL of a website to access it directly, but you can also use it to instantly search in your preferred search engine as well. Having the URL bar double up as a search bar, saves you the time and effort of first browsing to your preferred search engine to search for the content you want.
Unfortunately, not everyone likes to use the same search engine, Opera Touch defaults to using Google. Many users have issues, however, with Google’s pervasive data mining and lack of respect for personal privacy and so prefer to use other search engines.
Thankfully, you can choose to change the default search engine rather simply through the in-app settings.
To be able to access the in-app settings, you first need to tap the Opera icon in the bottom-right corner.
Next, tap “Settings” at the bottom of the popup, to open the in-app settings.
In the settings, scroll down and tap the fourth entry from the bottom in the General sub-section, labelled “default search engine”.
There are plenty of search engines to choose from. Yandex is a Russian based search engine, while Baidu is a Chinese search engine. DuckDuckGO is an independent search engine that doesn’t filter your results based on perceived interests. Amazon and Ebay allow you to directly search the respective e-commerce platforms. IMDb allows you to search the internet movie database. Wikipedia is an online volunteer-managed encyclopedia. Qwant is a privacy-focused search engine that doesn’t perform any filtering of results or any user tracking