Windows Phone 8: Change the Default Search Engine in Internet Explorer

By default, the search engine in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 8 is set to Bing. All the search results will be provided by Bing if you try to search from the address bar. Follow these directions to change your search engine to Google instead.

As much as you may love your Lumia or HTC Windows Phone 8 device, you may still want to use Google instead of Bing as your default search engine.

1. Launch the Internet Explorer app on your Windows Phone 8 device. You can find it with the traditional IE icon in the phone’s tiles or in the apps list.

2. When the browser is loaded, tap the three dots icon to open the menu, and choose settings from the list.

3. In the settings page, scroll down to the bottom, and choose advanced settings.

4. Find the Default search provider option in the list, and tap on it to show the choices. Tap Google to set it as the default search engine.

5. Go back to the main browser screen, and try typing a search term in the address bar. Then hit the arrow key on your virtual keyboard to process. The search result will be from Google. Later, if you want to switch back to Bing, just repeat the steps and choose Bing instead of Google.




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12 Responses to “Windows Phone 8: Change the Default Search Engine in Internet Explorer”

  1. February 01, 2013 at 9:34 pm, Rub said:

    Why do you have to change a search engine? Bing is better than Google in Window phone which is well integrated. That’s utterly stupidity. Buy Android phone instead if you don’t like. Rubbish article.


    • February 01, 2013 at 10:25 pm, David Kirk said:

      Whichever search engine you use is well integrated. I suspect many people will want to switch to Google. If you don’t wanna switch, then don’t switch.


      • February 02, 2013 at 3:45 am, raunak said:

        i want google pls..!! and is there ny way that the “search” bar provided on the screen be changed from bing to google ??>


        • February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am, Lê Hoàng said:

          > no, it is not possible to do so :(


    • February 20, 2013 at 9:40 am, Lê Hoàng said:

      > This does not change the Bing app inside WP8, it just modifies the default search engine in IE. Nothing affects the Bing app. In my opinion, Google gives better search result. There are people who switch from Android to WP too, so choosing Google as the default search engine makes scene.


  2. February 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm, Naveen said:

    Hi, that is a very useful tip…
    I have got a question, sometimes while i am typing my messages… and when i am not pressing a letter in the keypad properly, especially on the edges of letters ‘Q’ and ‘A’.. i am automatically being redirected to bing search. and this is really annoying.. how to disable this feature? any idea… plz help


    • February 20, 2013 at 9:37 am, Lê Hoàng said:

      > Maybe you accidently hit the search key on the phone? I could not reproduce the bug on my lumia 820.


  3. February 23, 2013 at 4:48 am, Paul Michalik said:

    This is a joke isn’t it? There is no “Default search provider” option in the advanced settings… Or did I miss something?


    • February 23, 2013 at 5:52 am, Lê Hoàng said:

      > what is your phone model? I’m using the lumia 820. The setting is included in the initial firmware release and the portico firmware update.


    • March 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm, chris said:

      > I get the feeling Telstra (in my case) has disabled the ‘default search provider’ option, they have also disabled the camera silent option on the HTC 8 !


  4. May 03, 2013 at 3:33 am, a ledgend said:

    does this work on lumia 800 in UK


  5. June 03, 2013 at 12:01 pm, tony said:

    No option to do it on my phone either… Htc windows phone 8x


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