Set Duck Duck Go as Default Search Engine on iPhone or iPad

Great news for those who love duckduckgo, as you can now set Duck Duck Go as your default search engine on an iPhone or iPad since the iOS 8 update. Apple has added DuckDuckGo support in Safari for mobile on iOS 8, iPhone 6. If you have upgrade your device to the latest iOS version, you can quickly switch from other search engines like Yahoo, Bing, Google, Baidu to Duckduckgo. It is built in the iOS 8 mobile system, no third party app required if you like to activate it.

For those who are not familiar with this search engine, you can try their service from its official website first before you switching over, here is the site URL: By the way, Duck Duck Go is well-known as privacy-minded search engine that does not track its users. Many people consider it as the less invasive alternative to Google or bing. After Snowden’s revelations in 2013, more internet users turn to DuckDuckGo. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo doesn’t track its users, it lets people search anonymously and keep their privacy. If you decide to switch your search engine to Duck Duck Go on an iPhone or iPad that is running on iOS 8, below are the steps.

Set Duck Duck Go as default search engine on iPhone or iPad

Step 1. Open Settings on iPad or iPhone.

Note that this features is only available since iOS 8, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, if you are using an earlier iOS version, you need to upgrade at first.

Step 2. Tap on Safari from the Settings

You will find a SEARCH section which you can find following items:

  • Search Engine
  • Search Engine Suggestions
  • Spotlight Suggestions
  • Quick Website Search
  • Preload Top Hit

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Step 3. Change Search Engine

You will then find all available search engine service providers for Safari browser on the mobile. On iOS 8, you should find following search engines: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu, DuckDuckGo. Simply tap on DuckDuckGo to set it as the default search engine on iPhone or iPad.

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