How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox

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Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here’s a work around for Chrome and Firefox users that will force Cortana to not just use your preferred browser but to use Google instead of Bing.

Make Cortana Use Google Chrome (Or Firefox)

This one is simple and requires a bit of tweaking in the Settings app. Open the Settings app and click the System group of settings. Go to the Default Apps tab and scroll down to the web browser option, and select Chrome/Firefox.

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Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome

This requires an extension called bing2google that redirects all Bing searches to Google, and flawlessly so. With Chrome set as your default web browser, and this extension installed in Chrome, Cortana will send searches to it, and all searches will be made on Google. For Firefox users, there is a little script you can use to the same effect so long as you make sure you’ve set Firefox as your default browser first.

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The logical question to ask is will it impact Cortana’s speed and the answer is No. Durings tests, the switch was absolutely flawless and without delays.

Install bing2google From The Chrome Web Store

Install bing2google Script For FIrefox

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  • Veralian

    It works and without delay unlike the ones I tried before.Thanks!

  • Trinamol

    You can also use Braina assistant which directly uses Google for search queries.

  • Krabtastic

    Thanks for the tip. It worked like a dream!

  • It works very nicely, Thank you

  • Patrick Names

    Doesn’t work. Cortona still opens Edge/Bing.

    • Titus Groan

      Didn’t work for me either. Still goes to edge/bing. I hate them!

  • K Verðandi Sóldusty

    Using Firefox, So I have the script… OK, what the flip do I do with it????
    All this does is take me to a page that displays the script but does not install it. I’m savvy enough to know that if I manually insert the script somewhere I’m messing with and will probably end up with it in completely the wrong place and destroy a completely unrelated bit of software.

    Seriously should come in an add-on or an Install button.

    Instructions please!!!!!!

    Yours Not a software builder

  • Martí Rams Nadal

    It does not work. Maybe it did a year ago but they changed sth. Can anyone help me? Thanks

  • Toushirou Davi

    It didn’t work at first, but if you change your default browser and then change back, It’ll work. (I changed it to Edge and back to firefox)

  • Matthew Strand

    This no longer works. Microsoft doesn’t want us to be able to make our own decisions about what browser is better. Changing to Edge and back to Chrome also didn’t work. What’s the point of having a default web browser and then still opening Edge? Thanks a lot windows.