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How to leave Google and switch to DuckDuckGo

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Let's see how to pass all the daily searches from Google on DuckDuckGo and how to add a Google backup search with a touch.

DuckDuckGo a private search engine and, unlike Google, does not keep track of your internet usage, does not save your searches, or track your position. The reason it exists to protect privacy on the internet, but also an excellent search engine and, when the desired results are not found, it is easy to perform searches even on Google.

Let's see how to pass all the daily searches on DuckDuckGo and how to add a Google backup search with a touch.

The good news is that you don't have to do anything strange or difficult to switch to DuckDuckGo. Both iOS and MacOS offer it as a default option in the settings. On Mac, this setting in Safari, on iPhone and iPad, you'll find it in Safari in the settings area.

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How to make DuckDuckGo the default iOS search engine

If you switch to DuckDuckGo on iOS, two things change: the first one that the searches you run from the Safari search bar will now open in DuckDuckGo, instead of Google, and the second that when you search the web from another location , for example the Spotlight search bar, or when you use the Search for selected text option, the search is also performed in DuckDuckGo. In short, all the web searches that end up in Safari will use the new search engine.

To select the option, go to Settings> Safari, then tap Search Engines. As you will see, DuckDuckGo is not the only alternative to Google and you can also choose Microsoft's Bing, or, if you are looking to go back in time, you can also choose the good old Yahoo.

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

Set DuckDuckGo as the default on the Mac just as easy as on iOS. Open the Safari preferences (or Safari> Preferences in the menu bar), then click on the search tab, click on the drop-down menu to choose the default search engine and choose DuckDuckGo.

The Google emergency bookmarklet

DuckDuckGo a great search engine, after years of testing is still good, but sometimes not as effective as Google; for example, when you perform a site-level search, sometimes it doesn't work at its best.

Another example is the search in the forums: if you are looking for information on how to use an app, Google returns many useful forum results, grouped by site. DuckDuckGo often does not show these results at all.

There are two ways to get around this: one is to add! G to the beginning of the query (right in the search box) and this will lead the search to Google and run it instead of on DuckDuckGo.

The other method is actually just a variation of the same mentioned and it is a javascript bookmarklet that adds the command! G. Enter it in the menu bar and you have a single click (or a touch) to perform the current Google search.

Here is the code:


(Function ()% $ 7B (% 23search_form_input) .val (! G 20% + $ (% 23search_form_input) .val ()); $ (% 23search_form) .submit ();% 7D)


To add the bookmarklet, you can find a site that allows you to drag it to the bookmarks bar in Safari, or add it manually on Mac or iOS.

Try the app

There is also aDuckDuckGo app who performs private searches; in addition, it cleans the websites you visit by blocking trackers and other technologies that invade your privacy. a fantastic and free app.

Whatever you use, give DuckDuckGo a chance, because it is as useful as Google for most things and, when not, easy to change.