How to switch back to Google from Yahoo in Firefox [Guide]

One of the ways web browsers make money is by selling their default search engine spot (aka the search engine a web browser is configured to use out-of-the-box) to the highest bidder. For the longest time, that highest bidder was Google for Firefox — hence why if you searched via Firefox’s address bar, search bar, or default homepage, you would use Google search (unless you changed it to something else). Recently, however, Yahoo bought the rights to be Firefox’s default search engine. If you, like me, prefer to use Google over Yahoo, this article will show you how to switch back.

HOW TO SWITCH BACK TO GOOGLE FROM YAHOO IN FIREFOX (AKA HOW TO MAKE GOOGLE THE DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE IN FIREFOX)

Switching back to Google from Yahoo in Firefox and making Google the default search engine in Firefox again is actually very easy; you need to do the following:

  • Open up Firefox Options. How to do this varies depending on which version of Firefox you have and if you made customizations or not. However, most people can open Firefox Options by clicking the button that has three lines and selecting Options:

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  • Once the Options window is open, go to the Search tab, select Google from the Default Search Engine drop-down menu, and click OK:

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  • Done! Now Google is again the default search engine for your Firefox.

CONCLUSION

I understand that Mozilla — the company behind Firefox — needs to have revenue to keep themselves going; so selling the default search engine to the highest bidder makes sense. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t annoying and that doesn’t mean we should bend over and use the default search engine Mozilla tells us to use. Enjoy!

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  • mizdoc

    I changed mine back by just clicking in the search box itself, right on top of the magnifying glass icon. That brings up the option to “Change search settings”. Then under “Choose your default search engine”, pick Google.

  • Daisy

    Shared this on FB–it happened to me yesterday with the new install of Firefox–very annoyed when I realized I had not caught it when the install happened. Thanks for the quick fix–think that is what I finally did–I would not give up Firefox but gotta have my google too!

  • JT

    YAY!! Thanks for the tip. I noticed it had changed, but didn’t have the time to figure out where to change it back! Thanks again Mr. Boss.