STOP YOUR VOICE AS­SIS­TANT US­ING BING

Cor­tana, Siri and Alexa all use Bing rather than Google as their de­fault search en­gine. Here’s how to get round this re­stric­tion

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COR­TANA

You can make Cor­tana use Google rather than Bing for searches by in­stalling Chrometana for Chrome ( bit.ly/ chrometana431) or Bing- Google for Firefox ( bit.ly/ bing­google431), de­pend­ing on which browser you use. Chrometana also lets you search with Duck­duckgo and Ya­hoo.

SIRI

Ap­ple has de­lib­er­ately locked Siri not to use Google, but there is a work­around for those who would rather use Google than Bing. When you want to search the web, say “Search Google for [search term]” or “Search Duck­duckgo for [search term]”. Siri will launch Sa­fari and dis­play the re­sults from the rel­e­vant search en­gine.

ALEXA

Ama­zon’s voice as­sis­tant is even more stub­born than Siri about us­ing Bing rather than Google as its de­fault search en­gine. How­ever, you can per­form a hack that forces Alexa to use Google in­stead. This comes in the form of an un­of­fi­cial Alexa skill that uses Google As­sis­tant. You can down­load it from bit.ly/alexa431, but make sure you read the in­struc­tions and are aware of the ‘known is­sues’ be­fore you in­stall this skill.

Chrometana makes Cor­tana use Google or Duck­duckgo in­stead of Bing

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