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July 19, 2013

Change Chrome's Search Engine to

Two years ago, I wrote a post that explained how to change the domain used by Chrome when performing a Google search from the omnibox. The trick still works (thanks, Peter Kasting!), but there's a much simpler way to change the Google domain used by Chrome's omnibox from google.tld (your local Google domain) to

This is only useful if you're not in the US and you'd like to use to see the latest Google features. The nice thing is that it works in the desktop Chrome, in Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS.

1. Go to and click "use" at the bottom of the page. If you see a different Google domain than at the bottom of the page, don't click the link.

2. Close Chrome. If you're using the desktop Chrome, close all Chrome windows or click Exit in the menu. If you're using the mobile Chrome, press the home button and use your operating system's multitasking feature to force close Chrome. Here are the instructions for iOS. Android instructions are different, depending on the device you use: some Android devices have a button that shows a list of recent apps, while others require to press and hold the home button or double-tap it. Swipe Chrome's thumbnail to force close it.

3. Launch Chrome again, open a new tab and search for something using Chrome's omnibox (address bar).

4. You should see an infobar that asks you: "would you like to search with instead of [your local Google domain]?". Click or tap "switch to" and that's all. If you don't see the infobar, you may need to open another new tab or try a new search.

The screenshot is from a Nexus 7, but this should work in Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android and iOS. Here's a similar screenshot from Chrome for Windows:

You'll also see instead of your local Google domain in Chrome's settings page (this feature is not available in Chrome for iOS).

To go back to your local Google domain, you can use similar instructions. Visit, click "use google.tld" (you should see your local Google domain instead of google.tld), restart the browser, search using Chrome's omnibox and click "switch to google.tld" in the infobar that should show up.

{ Thanks, Sushubh Mittal, Jérôme Flipo and Michael. Last updated: September 2014. }

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