How to Change Search Engine From Yahoo to Google on Mac

Parth Shah

Google holds over 92% market share in the search engine and also comes as a default option on Mac. However, if you find your Mac changing the search engine from Google to Yahoo, then that's a problem worth fixing. If your Mac is the affected one by the search engine change, read along to learn how to change the search engine from Yahoo to Google on Mac.

Change search engine from yahoo to google on mac

Yahoo search results are mostly inferior to Google, and you would want to use Google to get things done. The main reason behind the search engine change is the browser hijacking code or extensions.

Browser hijackers are a threat to millions of users. Some browsers are more affected by them, while there are a few exceptions.

Those in a habit of downloading PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) are more vulnerable to browser hijackers. We will explain how to change the search engine from Yahoo to Google on Safari and Google Chrome.

1. Change the Default Search Engine in Safari

On paper, the Safari browser is more secure than Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. You can easily change the search engine from Yahoo to Google from the browser. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open Safari browser on Mac.

Step 2: Click on the Safari name in the menu bar.

Step 3: Select the Preferences menu.

Change search engine in safari

Step 4: Go to Search > Search Engine and select Google from the drop-down menu.

2. Change Default Search Engine in Chrome

Those using Google Chrome as the default browser on Mac can change the search engine from the Settings menu. Follow the steps below to change the search engine from Yahoo to Google in Google Chrome.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome on Mac.

Step 2: Click on the three-dot menu at the top and go to Settings.

Change search engine in chrome

Step 3: Select the Search engine from the left sidebar and select Google from the main menu.

That's it. You have successfully changed the search engine from Yahoo to Google on Mac's Safari and Google Chrome browser.

On Google Chrome, if you are still facing search engine automatically switching from Google to Yahoo, try using other tricks below.

3. Disable Chrome Extensions

Apple verifies every Safari extension and distributes only valid extensions from the Mac App Store. That’s not the case with Google Chrome though.

Extensions play an important role in the Chrome ecosystem. However, not every extension is actively maintained and could be out of date. Some malicious extensions might take over your Chrome home page and change the search engine to Yahoo.

It can be difficult to pinpoint a single extension. You can disable all the Chrome extensions and move back to Google.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu at the top.

Step 2: Go to More Tools > Extensions.

Remove chrome extensions

Step 3: From the Extension menu, click on the Remove button or disable the extension for Chrome.

4. Reset Chrome Settings

A wrong setting tweak in the Chrome browser may leave you with Yahoo search engine as the default option. Google Chrome offers a handy option to reset Chrome settings on the go. Here’s how to use it.

Step 1: Open Chrome and go to Settings.

Step 2: Select the Advanced option.

Step 3: Select Restore settings.

Step 4: Click on Restore settings to their original default option.

Reset chrome settings

Step 5: Press the Reset settings button to confirm your decision.

This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies.

Your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords won’t be cleared.

Tips for Safe Browsing on Mac

Apple calls the Mac a potential threat to security due to its open nature. Unlike on iOS, anyone can go ahead and install apps from the web. This puts the user at risk of installing unverified apps from the web. Follow the tips below to make sure to create a safe environment on the Mac.

  • Try to verify if the app you want to download is available from the Mac App Store.
  • If the app isn’t available from the App Store, use the official website to download the app file.
  • If the website looks suspicious to you, scan the web address with VirusTotal and make sure it doesn’t contain any malicious files.
  • Try out CleanMyMac X that scans for corrupt files in the background, and removes them periodically.

Use Google on Mac

Using Yahoo as a search is surely a pain for Mac users. It is a headache, especially when you don’t know what’s going around and how the OS changes the search engine without your permission. By following the steps above, you can take care of those browser hijackers and go back to using Google as the main search engine on Mac.

Next up: Is your Google Chrome search engine changing to Bing automatically? Read the post below to learn to fix the issue.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.