How to change the default browser and search engine in Android

Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play, Android's download store, which makes it easy for users to customize their search engine and browser. Google has to do this from the European Commission, because the search engine giant has been rapped on the fingers. Google would abuse its position as platform holder.

The American company had to pay a fine of five billion dollars for this. The message was also given that it should be made easier for users to switch browsers or search engines. When you have the latest version of Google Play (don't worry, it will automatically come your way if it hasn't already) and you open the store, you will see a screen with extra options. This is important for people who are just setting up a new device, but can also be useful for anyone who was wondering how exactly to switch browsers or default search engines.

Change search engine via Google Play

When you open Google Play after the update, you will see a new screen. Here you can now choose a search engine. Google suggests a number of search engines, such as the privacy-friendly DuckDuckGo, but you are of course free to choose another application. The presented options can differ per user: Google shows which search engine you have already installed and which are popular at the moment. The search engines are in a random order, of course, with that of Google at the top of the list. You can click the button on the right to install then the app will appear neatly on your smartphone or tablet. Moreover, you can obtain additional information by tapping the name of the search engine, so that you know what kind of app you are downloading.

Change browser via Google Play

Changing your browser via Google Play works in the same way. After you are done with the screen about search engines (you can also click on no thanks tap, nothing will change), then you can choose a new or extra browser. Here too, Google presents some options, such as Opera or Mozilla Firefox. Is there nothing that you like? Don't worry, you can also tap No thanks here and later choose a browser that suits you better via Google Play. Once you've done all of this, you'll see two more screens: screens in which Google explains exactly how to manually download, install, and use browsers and search engines on your Android device. This should make it very clear to everyone how exactly this should be done, so that you do not get the idea that you are stuck with the products of Google.

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