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At the moment I am in mainland China, using an iPad set to British locale. When I use the search field in mobile Safari, it always loads (not or

Unfortunately this version of google is often extremely slow or doesn't load at all here, most likely because of the Great Fiewall of China (clicking a search result also asks google's server first, therefore it also takes a very long time). In contrast, works fast and reliably most of the time.

Is there any way to force mobile Safari to use instead of in iOS 6? In iOS 5 at least it loaded, which also worked, but now it insists on, and the search settings only let me specify "Google" as search engine, but now a specific version of it.

(Note: I am new to iOS and still getting familiar with it.)

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Perhaps not exactly what you were looking for, but if you load Google's main page and it redirects to your local version, you could force it to use .com just by tapping the button on the bottom of the page.

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Thank for the suggestion. I have actually already done that, and I'm trying to get into the habit of always loading the main Google page first and searching from there. Unfortunately the built in search box still uses, even if I set google not to redirect to or – Szabolcs Oct 2 '12 at 1:35

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