Apple switches default from Bing to Google for Siri web search on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

“Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, Search inside iOS (formerly called Spotlight) and Spotlight on the Mac,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch.

“Consistency is Apple’s main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft’s Bing to Google in these cases,” Panzarino reports. “Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used.”

“‘Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,’ reads an Apple statement sent this morning.’We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible,'” Panzarino reports. “As is expected with Apple now, searches and results are all encrypted and anonymized and cannot be attributed to any individual user. Once you click on the ‘Show Google results’ link, of course, you’re off to Google and its standard tracking will apply. Clicking directly on a website result will take you straight there, not through Google.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Getting everything copacetic in time for today’s rollout of macOS High Sierra.


    1. Bing has never really lived up to the hype and would have been an unpopular choice had they gone all in with them so this is the best bad choice though no one has to go with the default do they. I use start page which unlike DDG is like using google without the Google. Had Apple a search engine of its own this would be a sell out but we all know it doesn’t, Bing is hardly more concerned with your privacy than Google. So talk of a sell out is simply stupid when choice to change is still there. Of course such accusations coming from an Android apologist indeed makes such talk simply two faced hypocrisy which most will see through, as much as they will be amused by that innate duplicity.

    2. I’d care if Apple took away my ability to change it.
      AAPL in the end has stockholders, and most likely, the average numb nut wants Google all over their lives, not knowing how bad they can be. It’s simple enough to move to another search engine in Safari, etc. but what are they to do? I think Apple took a good stand telling the US Gov’t to piss off in not unlocking “terrorist” phones. So for this, while I too hate the “do no evil” ones, it’s business.

    1. DDG already on mine. Will NOT be using Spotlight or whatever it’s going to be called anymore if it can’t be changed to DDG. I allow NOTHING Google on any of my Mac.

  1. Does anybody know for sure whether changing the default search engine on IOS also changes the default search engine used by Siri?

    I’ve found contradictory answers on the internet and many of the answers are not particularly convincing either way. If somebody truly knows the definitive answer rather than guessing, I’d love to know.

    Asking Siri didn’t give me a sensible answer either. Siri tends to ignore the word “Siri” so a search for “How to I change the default search engine used by Siri” gets truncated to a search for “”How to I change the default search engine used by …”, which isn’t very helpful. I assume that Siri thinks that the final use of the word Siri is just a courtesy and is not part of the query. Trying an alternative tack and asking “How to I change Siri’s default search engine?” mis-hears “Siri’s” and substitutes “series”, which again makes the search meaningless.

    A number of sites state that changing the default setting for Safari will also change the default one used by Siri, but that doesn’t make sense to me as the factory settings are that Siri currently uses Bing while IOS uses Google. You would expect them to always be the same if changing that setting changed both.

    I know that you can ask Siri to use a different search engine for a specific query, such as “Hey Siri, search for steam powered submarines on Yahoo”, but that only changes the search engine used for that single query.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.