How to Get Rid of Bing on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user and find yourself frustrated with Bing constantly popping up as your default search engine, don’t worry! There are a few simple steps you can follow to remove Bing and regain control over your search preferences. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of getting rid of Bing on your Mac.

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences

To start, open the Safari browser on your Mac. Then, click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top-left corner of the screen.

From the drop-down menu, select “Preferences. “

Step 2: Choose a New Default Search Engine

In the Preferences window that appears, navigate to the “Search” tab. Here, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled “Search engine.”

Click on this dropdown menu and choose your preferred search engine from the options provided. For example, you might select Google or DuckDuckGo.

Pro Tip:

If your preferred search engine isn’t listed in the dropdown menu, look for an option called “Manage Search Engines.” Click on this option to add or remove search engines from Safari.

Step 3: Remove Bing from Favorites

In Safari’s Preferences window, switch to the “General” tab. Here, you’ll see a section labeled “Favorites.”

Make sure that Bing isn’t listed as one of your favorites by checking each entry carefully. If you spot Bing in your favorites list, simply select it and click on the “-” (minus) button at the bottom of the window to remove it.

Step 4: Clear Browsing History and Website Data

To ensure that no traces of Bing remain in Safari, it’s a good idea to clear your browsing history and website data. To do this, go back to the “Privacy” tab in Safari’s Preferences window. Click on the “Manage Website Data” button and then select “Remove All” to delete all stored website data.

Step 5: Restart Safari

Once you’ve completed the previous steps, close the Preferences window and quit Safari entirely. After a few seconds, reopen Safari and verify that your chosen search engine is now set as the default.

Step 6: Remove Bing from Mac Spotlight Search

In some cases, Bing might still appear as a search option in Mac’s Spotlight Search. To remove Bing from Spotlight Search, open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

In System Preferences, click on “Spotlight.” From there, navigate to the “Search Results” tab. Uncheck the box next to “Bing Web Searches” to prevent it from appearing in your Spotlight Search results.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed Bing as your default search engine on your Mac. By following these simple steps, you can regain control over your search preferences and choose a search engine that best suits your needs.

Remember that these instructions are specific to Safari on a Mac; other browsers or operating systems may have slightly different methods for changing default search engines. However, with a little exploration through their respective settings menus, you should be able to find comparable options.

  • Step 1: Open Safari Preferences
  • Step 2: Choose a New Default Search Engine
    • Pro Tip: Manage Search Engines
  • Step 3: Remove Bing from Favorites
  • Step 4: Clear Browsing History and Website Data
  • Step 5: Restart Safari
  • Step 6: Remove Bing from Mac Spotlight Search

We hope this guide has helped you get rid of Bing on your Mac. Happy browsing!

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