New iPhone models have Google as their default search engine for the Safari app, the default web browser.
There are, of course, other search engines you can choose from if you don’t like how Google displays the search results, or if you think it doesn’t have the features you need.
Search engines are mainly designed to help users navigate the web. In layman’s terms, a search engine refers to a website through which Internet users can search web content by typing the desired search term or keyword into the search field.
Among the widely used search engines in computers and mobile devices are Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, and Yandex, to name a few.
Changing iPhone 13 Current Default Search Engine
The following steps are also applicable when altering the default search engine in Safari on other iOS devices with the same software version as the iPhone 13. Actual screens and menu options may vary between device models.
Step 1: To get started, unlock your iPhone and from the Home screen, find and tap Settings.
Doing so will launch the Settings app that contains the list of all features of the phone that you can tweak.
Step 2: Scroll down to find Safari, and when found, tap on it.
The Safari browser settings will populate the next screen.
Step 3: Under the Search section, tap Search Engine.
The default search engine is set to Google, but you can choose other engines like Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo and Ecosia. Choose the one that you find more convenient to use and bear relevant results.
Step 4: To change the default search engine, just tap on any of them and the Check mark will be transferred to the one you just tapped.
It means that when you search the web using the default browser app (Safari), the search engine that will be used is the one you just chose.
Step 5: To see the changes, exit settings and then tap default browser app. Type in any search term or keyword then press Enter.
You may want to try a different search engine to test them out and to know which one works best for you.
All search engines in Safari also have dedicated apps for you to use on your iPhone in case you don’t want to use the default apps in Safari for your future searches.
Aside from search engines, you can also configure other search settings in Safari including search engine suggestions, quick website search, preload top hit and Safari suggestions.
And if you’re into browsing the web using Safari, you may also want to check other settings like how its tabs work or look into Privacy & Security, which allows you to block all cookies, hide your IP address and prompt you if it detects fraudulent website is opened.
Should you also encounter issues with the browser, you may want to clear website data or its history.
We hope that this guide can help you one way or the other.
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