How to Switch to DuckDuckGo

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my default search engine for several months and haven’t looked back. It has !Bangs, an incredible attitude towards privacy, and a ton of other great features. DuckDuckGo offers a better search experience without all the creepiness that comes with using the alternative. If you spend just a few days using it full time, I’m certain you’ll be happy with it.

And, the best way to give it a try is by making it the default search engine in your browser of choice. Below, I’ve detailed the steps necessary for switching to DuckDuckGo in iOS, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox. If you have any questions or comments regarding the guide, don’t hesitate to contact me.


DuckDuckGo iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Safari
  3. Tap Search Engine
  4. Choose DuckDuckGo



  1. Open Safari Preferences
  2. Click on the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Search Engine options

Google Chrome


Chrome Manage Search Engines

DuckDuckGo Default Chrome

  1. Visit
  2. Right click in the search box
  3. Choose Add as Search Engine
  4. Change Keyword to “” and click OK
  5. Open Chrome Preferences
  6. Under Search, click Manage Search Engines
  7. Find DuckDuckGo under Other Search Engines
  8. Click Make default


Firefox DuckDuckGo

  1. Click the hamburger button and choose Preferences
  2. Open the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Default Search Engine drop down menu