Make Google SSL Search Your Default Search Engine in Chrome

Jun 2, 2010 • 8:34 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

A Google Web Search Help forum thread asks how you can make Google SSL search your default search provider in Chrome. It is a good question that is a bit hard to answer in the forum, so I thought I do a blog post with screen captures to explain the process.

Step 1: Right click in the URL bar and click on "Edit search engines...":

Google SSL Search Default

Step 2: Click on the plus sign at the bottom of the manage search engines pop up and a new form will come up:

Google SSL Search Default

Step 3: Fill out the form as follows and click "okay"

Google SSL Search Default

Note: This is the URL you need

Step 4: To make this new search engine the default, after you click okay, click on the Google SSL search engine within the manage search engines window and click on "Make Default":

Google SSL Search Default

There you have it, Google SSL search as your default search engine in Chrome.

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Carter Cole

06/02/2010 02:00 pm

but now no referrer data passes to any of the sites you visit from google... might be good to keep your sites analytics clean but if everyone starts using this there will be no more oh i got 360 visits from Google sent by 32 keywords. this will kill analytics even before AJAX SERPs do

Alan K'necht

06/02/2010 03:46 pm

I'm still not sure why this option is even being made available. It's not like we're hiding data from Google. No we are only hiding data from the sties we visit via Google and impacting their web analytics team ability to optimize a web site based on what visitors are looking for. I personally hope the secured search goes away soon and doesn't gain any momentum. I've gone into more depth on my blog:


06/10/2010 05:07 pm

The URL in your note and in your screenshot are different.


09/20/2012 07:19 pm

The URL in the screenshot worked for me, but not the one in the note


10/01/2012 01:38 am

Perfect! I was trying to fix this for the longest time, and these are the only instructions that have helped. Thank you!


02/05/2013 10:44 am

thanks - been looking for this for a while


06/18/2013 08:38 pm



06/26/2013 04:58 pm

Thanks man! :)


01/14/2014 06:02 pm

This does not work. I removed all bull @#$$ search engines from Manage Search engines, after conduit bing hijacked chrome. there is no + or remove button for google in manage search engines.


06/10/2014 04:44 pm

Add thiis code in the URL box "{google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}"


06/18/2014 04:50 pm



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