Brave is a browser focused on privacy and security, and that’s why it was created in the first place. In light of this, the browser recently removed Google as the default search engine. So if you go ahead and download Brave right now, your default browser will not be Google but its own proprietary Brave search engine. The Brave search engine was introduced earlier this year as a no-tracking alternative to Google.
Still, not everyone cares so much about privacy and prefers to stick with Google. If that person is you, here’s how you can change your default search engine on Brave browser back to Google.
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How to make Google the default search engine on Brave
- Step 1: Click on the menu icon in the upper right corner.
- 2nd step: Enter the settings near the bottom of the menu list
- Step 3: Select “search engine” and click on “manage search engine”.
- Step 4: Under “Default search engines”, click on the three dots in front of the search engine you want to use by default which is in this case Google and click on “Make deault”.
Shortcut: You can just type “brave: // settings / searchEngines” in the address bar and skip steps 1 to 3.
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Also, if you decide not to choose Google as your search engine of choice, you can choose from other options. However, if it happens that the search engine you prefer is not present, there is an option at the bottom of the search engine list to add it just in front of “other search engines”.
In the end, the change of Brave is only effective during the subsequent installation of the browser and not of existing users. In other words, existing users will still have their default search engine like Google or whatever you set. Google isn’t particularly known for its privacy, which is understandable that Brave goes for its own internal search engine.