Vivaldi web browser is a relatively new web browser that is slowly gaining popularity. However, if you use Google Search for finding various things that fascinate your mind, Vivaldi might disappoint you after the installation as it uses Bing as the default search engine. It also comes with many other little known search engines such as Ecosia and Qwant – both of which use Bing as their search results source. So if you want to set Google as the default search engine in Vivaldi, you can follow these steps:
- Launch Vivaldi web browser and click on the V icon near the top-left corner of the window.
- From the menu that shows up, select Tools and then Settings.
- In the settings window that opens, select Search from the left side.
- From the list of the search engines, select Google, then select Set as Default search and Set as Private Search.
- Click on the Save button to save the Vivaldi search engine settings.
This will set Google as your default search engine for everything – when you search for something from the address bar and when you search for something in the private mode (incognito mode) etc. You can now try searching from the address bar and see if the search engine has changed to Google.
Vivaldi browser’s current version (1.15.1147.55) comes with many other search engine options as you can see in the screenshot above. Using the same steps, you can also set Vivaldi to use any of other search engines as well. All these search engines have their own special features, but for the general use only Google and perhaps Bing are well suited. For example, you cannot use Wikipedia search for finding the local restaurants in your area – for this kind of information Google or Bing are the best option for anyone in the world.