The Brave browser unveiled its own search engine, named Brave Search, in June of this year. In October, the business switched Google to Brave Search as the default search engine for new Brave customers in the US, Canada, and the UK. Similar to how Brave Search takes the place of DuckDuckGo in Germany and Qwant in France. Here’s how to change the default search engine in the Brave browser on your desktop or mobile device if you’re dissatisfied with the accuracy or results of Brave Search.
Change Default Search Engine in Brave Browser (2021)
For both desktop and mobile versions of the Brave browser, we have introduced distinct sets of instructions for changing the default search engine. Depending on the platform you use to use Brave to surf the web, you can navigate to the pertinent area.
Change Default Search Engine in Brave Browser (Windows, Mac, or Linux)
You can quickly go back to Google or more private search engines like DuckDuckGo if you decide not to utilise Brave Search. Find out how it functions right here:
1. Launch the Brave browser and click the hamburger menu icon (three horizontal slashes) in the top-right corner. Select Settings from the list of available options.
2. Locate the search engine that is being used in the address bar by clicking the Search engine tab in the left sidebar.
3. Select the default search engine for your Brave browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux by clicking the dropdown list next to the Search engine used in the address bar option. Brave, Google, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Bing, and Startpage are among the pre-selected options. You’ve successfully changed the default search engine if one of these is your favourite search engine.
4. If your preferred search engine is missing from the list, you can manually add it. You must click Manage search engines in order to do this.
4. To add a new search engine to Brave, click the Add button on the following page’s Other search engines section. To continue, click on it.
5. A pop-up window will now open, requesting that you specify the search engine’s name, a keyword for it, and the URL to use in place of the query. To learn how to fill it, refer to the following step.
6. For instance, if Neeva is your preferred search engine, name it, give it a keyword, and add the URL by using the Brave browser’s syntax. After the top-level domain, the majority of search engines utilise search?q=. After providing the necessary information, click Add to save it.
7. Click on Other search engines, where you will now find the search engine you manually added. To make it your default search engine, select Make default from the vertical three-dot menu.
Change Default Search Engine in Brave Browser (Android or iOS)
1. On your iPhone or Android smartphone, launch the Brave browser, and then tap the vertical menu with three dots at the bottom navigation bar. Choose Settings from the pop-up menu that displays.
2. To change Brave’s default search engine, tap on Search engines under General settings. You can choose a different search engine for the public and private tabs on the next page.
3. For regular and private tabs, you can select among Google, Brave, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Bing, Startpage, and Ecosia. Repeat the process for the private tab after setting the search engine for the normal tab. Once using Yandex and Yahoo, I didn’t notice the Other search engines Brave claims to list after you visit the page in the Recently visited section.
Switch to Your Favorite Search Engine in Brave Browser
The obvious next step for Brave to do to help grow its user base would be to move to its own search engine. You are not required to utilise it, though, if you don’t want to. We sincerely hope that this advice has assisted you in switching from other well-liked search engines if you are one of them. You can also look at our list of the top browsers for privacy if you no longer want to use Brave.