Any way to force a Google search to be conducted in Safari and not in the Google app?


#1

For several years I’ve run a Google search action on drafts within Drafts. The URL is as follows:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=[[draft]]

This worked as expected - run action, Safari opened up with a Google search on the draft’s contents. However, at some point in recent months, when run, the result pops open the Google app on either my iPhone or iPad.

Now I know I could simply delete the Google app, but assuming I didn’t want to do this, is there a way of adapting the URL so that it does what it previously did - conducts the search in Safari?


#2

I can’t get the Google app to open instead on my iPad to test this, but I can offer a few suggestions for further testing to see if we can figure out if there’s a particular cause for it.

  • As a control case, can you try substituting in bing.com for google.co.uk (the rest of the URL structure should be okay).
  • Try the Google URL with https rather than http.
  • Also try removing the www. part of the Google URL.
  • What happens if you switch to trying .com or .ie rather than .co.uk?

Hopefully the reusults might hint at an alternative for you.


#3

Great stuff. Thanks for your help. Ammending as below means it now opens in Safari. Cheers.

https://google.co.uk/search?q=[[draft]]