Ecosia is a search engine that uses the ad revenue from your searches to plant trees where they are needed. With the latest iOS 14.3 update, Apple now lets you set Ecosia as the default search engine in Safari. Furthermore, you can even set Ecosia as the default web browser on your iPhone. Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide for the same.
Set Ecosia as the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone
With the iOS 14.3 update, Apple has included the Ecosia search engine option in its native Safari browser. To use it as your default search engine in Safari instead of Google, Bing, Yahoo or Duck Duck Go, follow the steps given below.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and click on Safari.
- On the next screen, click on Search Engine.
- Select Ecosia from the list.
That’s it. You’ve now successfully set Ecosia as the default search engine in Safari. Anything you search on Safari will fetch results from the new search engine. Anyway, if you don’t like the experience, you can switch back to Google by repeating the steps and selecting Google.
Set Ecosia as the Default Browser on iPhone
The other option is to set Ecosia as the default web browser on your iPhone. You can do it as follows:
- Install Ecosia browser on your iPhone if not already.
- Now, open Settings on the device.
- Scroll down to Ecosia. Click on it.
- Now, tap on Default Search Engine.
- Please change it to Ecosia.
From now, any links you tap on will open by default in Ecosia instead of Safari or Chrome. Anyway, you always have the option to switch back to Chrome as the default search engine.
What is Ecosia? How Does it work?
Ecosia is a search engine available for Android, iOS as well as desktop users. Microsoft Bing powers search results and ads. And like any other search engine, it earns money from clicks on the advertisements that appear above and beside the search results.
Ecosia claims to donate the bulk of its expendable funds to tree-planting organizations around the globe. So, in a way, you contribute to planting trees by using it. According to the company, it usually takes around 45 searches, on average, to plant a tree.
We hope that you now know how to use Ecosia as the default search engine or web browser on your iPhone. This will be particularly useful for people who are using it on their desktop and want the same on their iPhone. Do let us know what you think of it in the comments below.