How to ditch Google and switch to DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a private search engine. Unlike Google, it does not track your Internet usage, save your searches or track your location. The reason for existing of DuckDuckGo is to protect your privacy on the Internet, but it is also an excellent search engine. And when you do not find the results you want, it's easy to do that search on Google.

Today we'll see how to change all of your searches to DuckDuckGo, and how to add a Google backup search with a single touch.

The good news is that you do not have to do anything weird or difficult to switch to DuckDuckGo. Both iOS and macOS offer it as a default option in their configuration. On the Mac, this configuration is in Safari. On the iPhone and iPad, you will find it in Safari in the Settings application.

How to make DuckDuckGo the default iOS search engine

  The DuckDuckGo interface looks good and clean.
Pleasant and clean. [19659007] Photo: Cult of Mac

If you change to DuckDuckGo on iOS, two things will change. One is that searches that run from the Safari search bar will now open in DuckDuckGo instead of Google. The other is that, when you run a web search from another location, such as the Spotlight search bar, for example, or when you use the Search option for the selected text, the search will also run on DuckDuckGo.

In summary, all web searches that end in Safari will use DuckDuckGo. To turn it on, go to Settings> Safari . Then touch Search Engines which is the second entry on that page. You will see this screen:

  If you want to change from Google to DuckDuckGo, you can choose your default search engine here.
Choose your default search engine here.
Photo: Mac Worship

As you can see, DuckDuckGo is not Google's only alternative. You can also choose Microsoft Bing or, if you're trying to brag about someone pretending we've backed down in time, Yahoo.

That's it. It's over.

How to set up DuckDuckGo as the default search on your Mac

Setting DuckDuckGo as the default on the Mac is as easy as on iOS. Open the Safari preferences ( or Safari> Preferences … in the menu bar), then click on the tab Search . Click on the drop-down menu to choose your default search engine.

  Here you can configure DuckDuckGo as your default search engine for Safari on Mac.
Search engine selection for Safari on Mac.
Photo: Mac Cult

Google's emergency dialer

] DuckDuckGo is a great search engine. I have used it as my default for some years. But sometimes it's not as good as Google. For example, when you run a site-wide search in Cult of Mac DuckDuckGo rarely returns results for pages that I know are there.

Another example is the search in the forum. If I search for information on how to use an application, Google returns many useful forum results, grouped by site. DuckDuckGo often does not show these results at all.

There are two ways to avoid this. One is to add ! G at the beginning of your query, right there, in the search box. This will throw the search to Google and run it there instead of DuckDuckGo.

The other method is just a variation of this. It is a javascript bookmarklet that adds ! G for you. Put it in your menu bar and you will have a way to click (or tap) to perform the current DuckDuckGo search on Google. This is an impeccable solution, and it's super fast. Here is the code:

javascript: (function ()% 7B $ (& # 39;% 23search_form_input & # 39;). Val (& # 39 ;! G% 20 & # 39; + $ (& # 39;% 23search_form_input & # 39;). Val ()); $ (& # 39;% 23search_form & # 39;). Submit ();% 7D) ()

To add the bookmarklet, you can find a site that allows you to drag it to your bookmarks bar in Safari (the The configuration of Cult of Mac does not allow me to publish it here), nor add it manually on Mac or iOS following the detailed instructions in our post on how to do it.

Test DuckDuckGo application

There is also a DuckDuckGo application that will perform private searches. It also cleans the websites you visit by blocking crawlers and other technologies that invade privacy. It's a great application, and I have it installed, but I almost never remember using it, I do almost all my web browsing in Safari. But if you prefer, the DuckDuckGo application is free.

Whatever you use, give DuckDuckGo a chance. It's as good as Google for most things. And when it is not, it is easy to change it. If the one-click direct access to Google is too much for you, then you can still allow Google to run all your web activity and record each search, click, map request and more.

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