How to Change the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, search queries in the address bar are served by Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, by default. While some users don’t mind using Bing, many people prefer other search engines like Google or DuckDuckGo. Fortunately, Microsoft has made it easier than ever to change the default search engine in Edge – here’s how.

How to Change Microsoft Edge’s Default Search Engine


In Microsoft Edge, click the 3 dots in the upper right corner and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Option in Ellipsis Menu

Click Privacy, search, and settings in the menu at the left of the Settings screen. On smaller displays, you may need to click the Hamburger menu icon to reveal this menu first.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Privacy, search, and services in Settings Screen

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen on the right and click Address bar and search under Services.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Address bar and search Option in Privacy, search and services Screen

Click the dropdown menu to the right of Search engine used in the address bar and select the search engine you prefer.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Change Default Search Enginge Dropdown Menu

Microsoft Edge should automatically detect new search engines when you visit their homepage in the browser. Alternatively, you can click Manager search engines and add or remove search engines manually.


In the Microsoft Edge mobile app, tap the 3 dots at the bottom center of the screen and then tap Settings.

Microsoft Edge Mobile App Settings Icon in Overflow Menu

Tap Search, under the Advanced section, and then tap Default search engine.

Microsoft Edge Mobile App Search and Default Search Engine Options in Settings

Finally, simply tap the search engine you wish to set as default. The options, on mobile, are Bing, Yahoo!, Google, and DuckDuckGo.

Microsoft Edge Mobile App Google in Change Default Search Engine Screen

Change the Default Search Engine in Classic Edge

If you’re still using the “old” version of Microsoft Edge, the screenshots in the section above might look foreign to you. That’s because Microsoft Edge was updated to the Chromium based version in early 2020. You can upgrade to the newest version of Edge here – but we also have instructions for the older versions below:

Within Microsoft Edge, click the 3 dots in the upper right corner and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge Classic Setting Option in Ellipsis Menu

Scroll to the bottom of the Settings menu and click the View advanced settings button.

Microsoft Edge Classic View Advanced Settings Button in Settings Menu

In the Advanced settings, scroll down until you find the Change search engine, then click it.

Microsoft Edge Classic Change Default Search Enginge Button in Advanced Settings

Select the search engine you wish to use from the list that appears, and then click Set as default. If the search engine you want to use is not in the list, simply navigate to the search engine’s home page and then try changing your search engine again.

Microsoft Edge Classic Change Search Engine Menu with Google Search and Set as Default Button Highlighted

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