Step 1

1

Open a web browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. You can get to Google from any web browser, including Safari, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. If your phone or tablet has the Google app (a multicolored “G” icon in the app list), you can open that instead to reach Google without using your web browser.

Android: If you have a Samsung phone or tablet, tap the icon labeled Internet or Samsung Internet. If you have another model, tap Chrome, Browser, Web, or something similar.

iPhone and iPad: Tap the Safari icon, which looks like a compass, at the bottom of the home screen to launch your web browser.

KaiOS: Open Browser, which is the window you use to access the internet.

Mac: Your computer comes with the Safari web browser. You can launch it by clicking the compass icon on the Dock, which usually runs along the bottom of the screen.

Windows 10: Your PC comes with Microsoft’s Edge browser. You can open it by clicking the Windows logo at the bottom-left corner of the screen, and then clicking the Microsoft Edge tile on the menu.

Windows 8 and earlier: You can use Internet Explorer to browse the web. You’ll find its blue “e” icon in your Start menu.

Step 2

2

Type www.google.com into the address bar. The address bar is the bar that runs along the top of the web browser. If you’re using a phone or tablet, tap the address bar to spring open the keyboard and start typing. On a computer, click the address bar to start typing.

If you’re using the Google app on your phone or tablet, skip to Step 4.

Some browsers, including Chrome, Safari, and KaiOS Browser, also allow you to type your search terms directly into the address bar instead of having to browse to Google’s website first. Other browsers may default to other search engines, such as Microsoft Edge with Bing.

Step 3

3

Press
Enter or ⏎ Return. If you’re using a phone or tablet, select Search, Enter, or Go instead. Your web browser will now load Google’s homepage.

Step 4

4

Type what you’re looking for into the typing area. For example, if you’re looking for a place to eat in Oakland, you could type “best restaurants in Oakland.”

You can search for individual words (“veganism,” “Bermuda”), phrases (“tropical storms of 1998,” “monstera plant care”), questions (“how many people live in Oregon?”, “how much water should I drink?”), and more.

If you’re more comfortable speaking your search terms, click or tap the microphone icon (or to launch Search by Voice, follow the on-screen instructions to give Google access to your microphone, and then say aloud what you’re looking for.

Step 5

5

Click Google Search or tap the magnifying glass. This searches for the text you entered and displays the results in a list.

Step 6

6

Click or tap a result to view it. If you’ve found a website, image, video, or other information that looks like what you want, click or tap it to open in your browser. To return to the list of search results, click or tap your browser’s back button (usually a left-arrow at the top-left corner).

Search results appear differently depending on what you’re looking for. For example, if you searched for a word that appears in the dictionary, you may find the definition and usage information at the top of the results. If you searched for a specific location, a map might appear.

If you scroll down through the first page and don’t find what you’re looking for, click or tap Next at the bottom to move to the next page of results. The most relevant results are usually on the first few pages of search results.

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