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How to Search the Web with Your iPhone 4S

Searching the web with your iPhone 4S usually involves accessing a search engine, the most commonly used being Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Bing. 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 one of the big three by using the dedicated search box:

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The default search engine of choice on the iPhone is Google. If you want to switch the search box from Google to Yahoo! to Bing or back, tap Settings on the Home page, scroll down and tap Safari, tap Search Engine, and then tap to choose one search behemoth over the other.

To conduct a web search on the iPhone, tap the search field, which is labeled here:

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The field expands and temporarily replaces the address bar at the top of the screen, and the virtual keyboard slides up from the bottom. 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 out some letters. Tap any search results that look promising or keep tapping out letters.

You can also 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.

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