how to make ecosia the default search engine everywhere

How To Make Ecosia Your Default Search Engine Everywhere

Plant trees as you search by using the Ecosia search engine.

Waaay back last year, I reviewed the Ecosia search engine. You can read more about how it works on the post, but essentially Ecosia use their advertising revenue to fund the planting of millions of trees, helping disadvantaged communities in the process.

One of my main bug-bears at that time was that it was so easy to just open up the browser and use the default search engine, or open Google on my phone, that I often forgot to use Ecosia. This problem was made worse when I upgraded my phone and my laptop died. Sorting out Ecosia everywhere was my intention, but I just never got around to it.

I dread to think how many trees I could have “planted” in the past 9 months or so.

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How to make Ecosia your default search engine in the browser bar

Chrome: Click the three dots in the upper right, then Settings, then Manage search engines. Find Ecosia under Other search engines, click the dots, then click Make default. If you prefer, there’s also a Chrome extension.

Safari: Add the Ecosia Safari extension.

Microsoft Edge: Open the menu by clicking the three dots in the upper right, then click Settings. Click View advanced settings, Change search engine, then choose and click Set as default.

Firefox: Visit this page to get an Ecosia Firefox extension.

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How to make Ecosia your default search engine on mobile

The simplest way to set Ecosia as your default search engine on your smartphone is to add the Ecosia browser app from your app store. The app comes with two widgets (on Android anyway) which can be added to your home screen for easy searching.

It’s time to start planting trees again! There’s no excuse now. Why do the same thing with the same result when you can do the same thing and save the world at the same time?

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Have you added the Ecosia search engine? How many trees have you planted so far? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I have never even heard of Ecosia! I’m off to check it out now, thank you for the information 🙂

    1. Author

      Brilliant! Let me know how long it takes you to plant 10 trees! 😀

  2. Thanks so much. I enabled the chrome extension but the tab page was now ecosia. I wouldn’t mind this if i wasn’t using tab for a cause as well. I made it my default as well as keeping TFAC and I would have had no idea how to without this.

  3. Thanks for this: I can’t seem to make this my default in Opera. Is it possible?

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