How to Set Google as Default Search Engine on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the default search engine on your Mac? Do you prefer using Google for all your web searches?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to set Google as the default search engine on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch Safari

To begin, open Safari, which is the default web browser on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight (press Command + Space and type “Safari”).

Step 2: Access Safari Preferences

Once Safari is open, click on “Safari” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Comma (,).

Step 3: Open Search Preferences

In the Preferences window that appears, click on the “Search” tab. This tab is located at the top of the window.

Step 4: Choose Google as Default Search Engine

Under the “Search engine” section, you will see a drop-down menu with various search engine options. Click on this drop-down menu and select “Google” from the list of available search engines.


If Google doesn’t appear in the list of options, make sure you have visited at least once before trying again.

Step 5: Customize Search Engine Options (Optional)

If desired, you can customize additional settings under the “Search engine” section. For example:

  • Suggestions: Check this box if you want Safari to provide suggestions as you type your search queries.
  • Include search engine suggestions: Check this box if you want Safari to include search engine suggestions in the suggestions list.
  • Show separate search field: Check this box if you want to display a separate search field in the Safari toolbar.

Step 6: Close Preferences

Once you have selected Google as your default search engine and made any desired customizations, simply close the Preferences window. You can do this by clicking on the red “X” button at the top left corner of the window or by pressing the Command + W keyboard shortcut.

Step 7: Test Your New Default Search Engine

You’re all set! Now, whenever you perform a search in Safari, it will automatically use Google as the default search engine. Go ahead and test it out by typing a query into the address bar and hitting Enter or Return on your keyboard.

Congratulations! You have successfully set Google as your default search engine on your Mac. Enjoy faster and more accurate searches with your preferred search engine!

Note: These instructions are specifically for Safari on Mac. If you are using a different web browser or operating system, the steps may vary slightly.

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