New Search Engine Option
While Google has long been the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, thanks to the huge bucket of money it pays Apple for the privilege, it’s also been possible since the earliest iPhones to choose alternative search engines that will be used when simply typing into the address bar in Safari. This list has been fairly static for years, however, limited to the usual big players like Bing, Yahoo and the plucky little privacy-focused upstart DuckDuckGo.
With iOS 14.3, however, Apple is adding a new player to the list for the first time since DuckDuckGo joined the party back in 2014 in the form of Ecosia, an eco-friendly search engine that actually reinvests the profits it makes to plant trees — a total of over 113 million so far.
Ecosia also has its own iOS browser app, which fans of the service are likely already using — and it even gained default browser support iOS 14 — but if you’d prefer to stay in Safari for its tighter integration and wider compatibility, now you can still suppose Ecosia by using it as your primary search engine.