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How to set Privacy-Focused DuckDuckGo as Chrome's default search engine on your phone «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



While Google prefers to use Google as the default search engine in Chrome, there's a way to switch to the more privacy-friendly DuckDuckGo search engine for all your browsing needs. With DuckDuckGo, the company does not track everything you are looking for or allow anyone else to track it, so you can effectively search your iPhone or Android phone anonymously.

While you can always add DuckDuckGo as the default search engine in Google Chrome, you use a trick that temporarily adds it to the list of options to choose from, in Chrome version 73 for both Android and iOS, DuckDuckGo is one of the options like Google provides with Bing, Yahoo and themselves. It makes it much easier to switch to a search engine in Chrome that does not store your data, records your searches or retains a history and allows advertisers to track you.

Step 1
: Update your Chrome version

Before you can switch to DuckDuckGo, make sure you update Chrome for iOS or Android to run version 73 or later. If you are not up to date, you must use the old search engine byte, which is not so simple that you just select what is described below in step 2.

Step 2: Choose DuckDuckGo as your search engine [19659004] Now, if you are on Android or iOS, the process is pretty much the same. With Chrome open, press the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••) button in the menu bar. Then press "Settings" and then "Search Engine." Then select "DuckDuckGo" and press "Done" (on iOS) or on the back button (on Android) to exit.

If you run Android, you can further customize DuckDucko's permissions by pressing "Location and Messages Allowed." In "Notifications" you can tweak all kinds of settings, from sound to alerts displayed. In "Site Access" you can give or block the location of DuckDuckGo's ability to use your current location. And in "Sound" you can let or block sounds from working in DuckDuckGo.

Step 3: Block Google from Saving Web Activity (Optional) [19659004] Google will still track and record some things you do within DuckDuckGo, especially it will keep a history of the sites you visit. In my opinion, this goal beats using a more privacy-focused search engine to begin with. To avoid this, try one of the options below.

Option 1: Logout to your Google Account

DDG can let you browse anonymously, but Google will still retrieve any information, especially the sites you visit, so you want to sign out of your Google Account . To do so, press the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••) in the menu bar, select "Settings", select your name up and then "Log out of Chrome."

Option 2: Disable Chrome Sync for Your Google Account

You can also turn off Chrome's sync, which keeps all other devices using Chrome up to date with your Chrome activity for easy reference. Press the horizontal or vertical ellipse (•••) in the menu bar, select "Settings", select your name up and then "Synchronize". Up, turn off the "Sync" button. If you don't want to disable it altogether, you can at least turn off "Sync everything" and turn off "History," "Open Tabs," and anything else you don't want to sync.

Option 3: Disable Chrome web and app activity [19659012] For the last option, you can instead limit Chrome's ability to record your web activity. Just open the link below and then uncheck the box next to "Include Chrome History and Activity from Sites, Apps, and Devices Using Google's Services." On the next page, press "Pause". But first read the information provided by Google to make sure this is the right option for you.

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Cover image and screenshots by Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

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