How to Make Google the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

When Windows 10 rolled out in 2015, it introduced Microsoft Edge, a slick Web browser that Microsoft positioned as the Chrome killer. Well, we all know how that turned out; Edge soared to an amazing 5% market share before crapping out and becoming known as “the browser you use to download Chrome”. Despite its marketplace failure, Edge actually is a pretty decent browser, and that 5% grimly hanging on get a lot of good use out of the browser. One “feature” of Edge is that it uses Microsoft’s own search engine, Bing, as its initial default when searching in the browser’s address bar.

How to Make Google the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

Bing is not a bad search engine by any means, and is often a good backstop when a Google query comes up with anomalous or limited results – occasionally Bing will have something new to add. That said, it’s not the most popular search engine out there, puttering along with a 2.63% market share as of August 2019. Most users – even Edge afficionados – would prefer to have Google as the default. Yet if you open up the settings in Edge and attempt to change the default search engine, it will only list Bing – a conspiracy of silence on the part of Microsoft! No, actually.

Bing uses a search technology called OpenSearch which lets users directly search a variety of non-traditional providers, such as Twitter, Wikipedia, and even site-specific options like Intel. Using OpenSearch is simple. In this article I will show you how to use OpenSearch to set Google as your default search engine in Bing. (If you would rather, you can just have Edge launch directly to the Google home page.)

The Basics: Adding a New Search Provider in Edge

You can add a lot of different sites to your search engine with Bing, but today we’re going to just concentrate on Google. First, use Edge to navigate to This is important, as OpenSearch needs to have visited a web page to understand its applicability to search. Then click the “Setting and more” button (represented as three dots in a horizontal line) at the top-right of the Edge window. In the menu, find and click “Settings”.

Next, click on “Privacy, search, and services.” Scroll to the bottom and select “Address bar search.”

Locate “Search engine used in the address bar.” Click on the dropdown arrow and a list of all the search engines that Bing now supports will show up. Select “Google” from the list to set it as default and there you go – you’ve now changed your default search engine to Google.

How Do I Set Google as My Default Search Engine in Windows 10?

Windows 10 doesn’t have a default search engine; the engine is dependent upon your browser. You can have any number of different browsers installed, and set a different default search engine for each. Just try and keep them straight so that you don’t run queries against Google that you meant to run against Bing. (Do you wonder which search engine really is best, though? Check out our head-to-head review of the big three search engines.)

If you’re a fan of Edge, why not take a look at it on the family of computers it was designed for? The Microsoft Surface Go is a lovely little device and quite affordable.

24 thoughts on “How to Make Google the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge”

vortex says:
mcrosoft suxx says:
It’s 2019… There is no “Advanced Settings” any more…. How can I add to the list of the search engines. (Right now there’s only Bing on the list)
Beverly Cowell says:
Followed instructions; says Google is my default search engine, but Bing still shows up in Edge and I/E. I can change Firefox and Google. No surprise there. But when I enter search criteria using Bing in Edge and I/E, it doesn’t work. Bing just goes back to opening page without satisfying search.
Satwant Yadav says:
This is very nice and useful information.
teresa says:
Thank you worked for me to use google search in edge
Admiral Stan Smith says:
If I would have known Microsoft controlled my settings I wouldn’t have purchased this crap.
Sheila says:
I tried this but it still will not let me make Google my default search engine. Ugh! I get this message: We couldn’t set Google as your default search engine. Try again later.
I’ve “tried again later” many times. Any other workarounds?
Ace hints says:
Use Chrome and don’t use Edge. the very simple way
Karl says:
It’s much easier than that. Open microsoft edge->typ your search engine in the address bar (in my case) go to ‘more actions’->settings->scroll down to ‘view advanced settings’->’search in the address bar with’->scroll down to ‘add new’->your search engine will be listed now (if you don’t add your search engine in the address bar to begin with , it will not be there and ‘set default’, ‘add’ and ‘remove’ will be greyed out->select set default
RolloMartins says:
That didn’t work either. This really stinks.
Karl says:
@Dennis What if you would remove your specific homepage addresses, select ‘start with homepage’ and restarted microsoft edge
name says:
many thanks, works fine (Hungary, Win10-64bit) – setted
Rumman Mou says:
thanks a lot for this post.i have to type the url every time i want to go to google from Microsoft edge.that is very i wont have to do that anymore.
sarav says:
hey guys heres the solution , go to settings – u would see the set page radio button checked in select specific pages in that and choose a custom page u need to set – close ur browser and open issue fixed
I had miccrsoft Edge buut now its disappeared,and can not get it back,only a lot of waffle about it,??
Mark Deshong says:
ok, so every time I open edge ( as soon as it opens) I want it to directly open Google. Right now, it opens a “Where to Next page” I have changed default search to google but it still wont open google first. I have to click the Home (house) icon to go to google. Anyone know how to fix this? Thank you in advanced.
TekRevue says:
Hi Mark,
Great question, and probably one that many other users have, so we wrote up a quick tutorial:
5iiiou says:
worx 4 me
Keith Peri Jr. says:
it does not give me an option to add a new one!!! it stays gray and can’t click on any of the 3!!!! please help….
Marti Christie says:
THANK YOU!!! Easy to follow instructions and I got my much loved Google back ( :
whocares says:
I tried the workaround to add google as my search provider, and it said “Could not add this provided because it did not meet our security policy”. What does that mean, and how do I fix it?
Simone M. says:
Worked flawlessly 😀
Antonio_lovy says:
Works very well. hoping that Google and others will support natively this protocol
XRedShark says:
thank you!
Joshua Shah says:
does’nt work
Kimmo says:
Works well.. except it has Google Australia listed as instead of
Christine Garner says:
I suggest you try again Kimmo because I had the option to either have it with or just .au … obviously I chose … its just a suggestion 🙂
Angel Cruz says:
It just worked!

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