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How to Run a Google Search on the iPhone

Although you can certainly use the virtual keyboard to type google.com, yahoo.com, or bing.com in the Safari address field, Apple doesn’t require that tedious effort. Instead, you tap into Google, Yahoo!, or Bing by using the search field. The default search engine of choice on the iPhone is Google. Yahoo! or Bing must come off the bench.

To conduct a web search on the iPhone, tap the search field. It expands and temporarily replaces the address bar at the top of the screen, and the virtual keyboard slides up from the bottom.

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Enter your search term or phrase, and then tap the Search button in the lower-right corner of the keyboard to generate pages of results. You see search suggestions as you start tapping some letters. Here, for example, typing the letters le yields such suggestions as Lebron James and Lexus. Tap any search results that look promising or keep tapping out letters.

As you’ll note, any On This Page matches will also be shown (though you may have to scroll down to see them).

To switch the search box from Google to Yahoo! to Bing or back, go to the Home page and tap Settings→Safari→Search Engine, and then tap to choose one search behemoth over the other.

You can search the web also through Spotlight. Merely enter your search term in the Spotlight search field and then tap Search Web. Doing so will initiate a Google search, even if you’ve chosen Yahoo! or Bing as your search engine. (To find Spotlight search, flick to the left of the first Home page.)

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