How to Restore Google Search Engine in Chrome

It may happen that a user accidentally removes the Google search engine from the Chrome browser. For example, when cleaning the browser from hijackers and unknown search engines.

It goes without saying, that various malicious programs can also remove the search engine #1 by themselves. Malware often adds their own fake search providers to route you to a phishing website with the purpose to steal your credentials or just hijack your browser.

But it is not so easy to add it back because you need to put a search URL. Today we will teach you how to restore Google search in Chrome without removing and re-installing the app.

How to re-add Google search to Chrome

Follow the steps:

Click the three dot icon and select “Settings”.

Chrome 86 settings Windows 10

Scroll down to the “Search Engine” section or use the corresponding link in the left pane.

Select “Manage engines”.

Chrome Manage Search Engine

Click “Add” under default providers:

add search engine in Chrome

Fill in name, keyword and URL and click “Add”.

Add Google search to Chrome 86

Here is how:

Name: Google
URL: (copy and paste the code below)

Once you’ve done this, you should see new provider in “Other”. Now click the three dots next to the newly added item…

other search engines in Chrome 86

… and select “Make Default” in the drop-down menu.

Make Google default search in Chrome 86


Steps for Old Versions of the Browser

Go to Menu.
Dive into Settings:


In Search section click Manage Search Engines:


Add a new search provider as I explained in the previous paragraph. Just copy and paste name, keyword and code.

Click on the empty area.
Click Make default.
And after that – Done:


Method 2: Reset Chrome

Warning! The reset will also clear all bookmarks, history, saved passwords etc!


Read the full guide.



All settings including search providers will be reset.


If you suspect that your PC may be infected with malware, we advise to scan it with free anti-malware tools.

12 thoughts on “How to Restore Google Search Engine in Chrome”

  1. Thank You so very much I accidentally disabled it and have been to so many sites to get it back.

  2. OH, YES!!!! Finally, found the answer I’ve been looking for, for over a month! Thank you!!!!!!

  3. Thank you!
    This worked! I had clicktripz as a popunder so I deleted the google search engine from Chrome. This article helped me restore the Google search engine ti chrome.


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