Google Suggesting Firefox Users Change Their Search Engine & Home Page

By Danny Sullivan


Now that Yahoo has gained search share from Google thanks to its Firefox deal, the search giant seems to be finally hitting back with moves to get users to switch to Google.

I’ve been checking each week since the deal was announced in November to see if Google would finally do as I expected, try to prompt those using Firefox to change back from Yahoo to Google. Yesterday evening, it finally happened.

When I used Firefox on a Windows 10 Lenovo laptop, I got this message:

google firefox

You can see up at the top, a message saying: “Get to Google faster. Make Google your default search engine” along with “Sure” and “No thanks” options.

More commonly, there’s a message encouraging Firefox users to change their homepage:

Google Firefox prompt

“Come here often? Make Google your home page,” is the message, with “Sure” and “No thanks” options.

I got this message when using Firefox on a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10, a Lenovo desktop running Windows 8.1 and another Search Engine Land editor got it even though his homepage was set to Google Translate.

The messages did not appear for me when using Firefox on the Mac, nor when going to Google with Internet Explorer on a PC (though I did get a long-standing message in a different section of the Google home page encouraging me to download Chrome).

Yesterday, Google also actively called out on Twitter to encourage Firefox users to switch back:

This one’s for all the Google Search-loving Firefox fans out there →

— Google (@google) January 21, 2015

The tweet leads to what appears to be a new page made up for Firefox users, telling them how to change.

google change home page

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Source:: SearchEngineLand


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