Using DuckDuckGo As Your Default Search Engine

You can change your default search engine in Safari to Google, Bing, Yahoo! or DuckDuckGo. The latter offers no-track searching and a variety of other features. You can use "bangs" like !apple to quickly search inside popular websites. You can also set it as your default on iOS.

Comments: 19 Responses to “Using DuckDuckGo As Your Default Search Engine”

    Mike Mansell
    5 years ago

    Excellent video Gary, I am going to try Duck Duck Go out on all my devices, iMac, iPad & iPhone and see how it goes.
    Thanks for the continuing informative videos.
    Mike

    Eugene Bouley
    5 years ago

    I have been using DuckDuckGo since it came out. Think it is fabulous and I love the knowledge that they collect nothing about me when I search the Internet. It is fast and they keep adding new features.

    Mike Mansell
    5 years ago

    DuckDuckgo worked for two hours then the server failed I am back with Google pity really as it looked like a good interface. Unreliable?

    Chuck
    5 years ago

    I’ve used Duck exclusively for at least 6 months. No problems at all. I didn’t know about Bangs, tho. Thanks for the info!

    Helen
    5 years ago

    Thanks Gary. I’d never heard of this browser. I just tried it and liked it because of the high ranking it gave my site.

    From the crime shows I’ve seen I guess for anyone plotting a murder this would be a better browser to go with. Once your a suspect and the law confiscates your hard drive you’re fried! Just joking people.

    Jane Howitt
    5 years ago

    Tried to get my friend to use DuckDuckGo but the poor love is using an old MacBook… Sigh… I think he’s got to use Snow Leopard on his Mac, so can I get his ancient Safari version to use DDG?

      5 years ago

      Your friend can simply go to the DuckDuckGo web site and perform searches there. Make it his home page if that is easier.

    Marsha Avery
    5 years ago

    Duck Duck Go looks interesting so I will give it a try. However, isn’t it true that each search engine produces a different array of searches? i.e If I go to Google, I get a list, and if I go to Yahoo, I will likely get a different list with overlaps?

      5 years ago

      Yes, they are different search engines so use different data and algorithms. You’ll get different results for each, and they all change over time.

    Russ Deible
    5 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    Is their any way to tell if they really don’t track you or if this is just hype to get you to go to their site. I like the way the menu changes at the top depending on what you are searching for like for Avril Lavigne I had the option of filtering products, audio and images but I got other things when I searched for refrigerator. I really like the ! feature. I already forgot what it was called but it is awesome.

      5 years ago

      Well, you can look at what cookies they set and analyze how they change. You can also monitor the data going back an forth. But it would be pretty risky of them to lie about something like that because it would be easy for an IT expert to analyze the network data and call them out.

    John Linkins
    5 years ago

    Duckduckgo I use all the time

    Steven R Green
    5 years ago

    How do you remove the search history on a iPhone 6 plus. If you could tell me how to remove it or direct me to some software I would appreciate it.

      5 years ago

      Go to your History and there is a Clear button at the bottom of the screen. You can also do it in the Settings app, under Safari.

    Matt
    5 years ago

    I had never heard of it before this video, thanks Gary, will give it a try, but wouldn’t set it as my default search engine, still Google till it is proven that Duck is better…

      Ulrich Maasmeier
      5 years ago

      You COULD use DuckDuckGo and switch to Google once in a while using the term (a.k.a. “bang”) !g in front of the regular search term.

    Ulrich Maasmeier
    5 years ago

    It´s even possible to set things up on a computer, and add a “password” (but no account/username).

    You could then use this password to get the same settings on other computers and mobile devices.

    I´ll have a look at that !bangs, didn’t really know of them.
    Thanks for the hints!

    Not Google
    5 years ago

    I used DuckDuckgo to find this site. When I went to subscribe to the newsletter, it already KNEW what email I was going to use……More privacy? I don’t think so.

      5 years ago

      The two have nothing to do with each other. Your browser was simply filling in your email address into a field that was asking for an email address. That has nothing to do with the search engine you used to find the site.

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