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How to change Safari's default search engine on iPhone

How to change Safari's default search engine to Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo on iPhone and iPad.

Safari by default uses Google as its search engine, which is no surprise since its market share of internet searches is somewhere in the neighborhood of 75%. Even so, Apple realizes people have their own preferences that may not align with the crowd's for any number of reasons, and has accordingly offered several other search engines for use with Safari - Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo.

SearchEnable: Add Alternative Search Engines to Safari

SearchEnable is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add alternative search engines to Safari. The tweak adds Ask, Baidu, blekko, Sogu, Volunia, Yandex, Evi and WolframAplha to the Safari search engine options listed under Settings. SearchEnable basically gives you a few more international choices besides the popular U.S. options (Google, Yahoo and Bing) already included on your phone. Make sure you have the Safari app enabled under SBSettings or the Safari setting panel will not be available.

Jailbreak Tweaks

Make Google Chrome Your Default iPhone Browser

Jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich has released a new tweak called BrowserChooser in response to Google's popular iOS Chrome browser app being released yesterday. Petrich tweeted: “BrowserChooser is up on rpetri.ch/repo. Loving Chrome for iOS so much that it had to be built.”

Google Chrome iOS

The tweak allows you to change your default browser to Google Chrome, Opera Mini, iCab Mobile, Dolphin Browser, Atomic Browser or Safari. You can toggle between all your available browsers in the Settings menu. Petrich's tweak arrived around the same time Chrome became the most downloaded free app in the App Store.

Yahoo Launches Axis Search with iPhone App

Yahoo has launched a new web browser for iOS devices named Axis. The app is part of its new one-step search experience, combining browsing with searching all in one place. Axis has tabs for quick switching between sites, and provides a built-in share button to Tweet, Pin or email web pages.

iOS app Yahoo Axis browser

The entire experience can be synced with your desktop thanks to Axis plug-ins, available for all of the major web browsers. This means that when switching from your iPhone to another web browser you can resume from the same place effortlessly.

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