Anyone trying to get away from Google, can start easily by using DuckDuckGo as his default search engine. Why another search engine? That’s pretty simple: No company needs to keep track of your details to find out more about you. DuckDuckGo is a good example of a profitable company that also advertises without wanting to know everything about you. Google finds out a lot about you by offering many services ‘for free’ (in Dutch).

Nowadays it’s pretty easy to add alternative search engines to your browsers. Below I show you the steps before: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari (on desktop) and Brave. Also remember to check these settings on your smartphone!

Desktop / Laptop

Google Chrome

Open the top-right menu and click Settings.

Google Chrome – Settings

Scroll down until you reach the Search engine and choose DuckDuckGo.

Google Chrome – Default search engine

Firefox

Open the top-right menu and click Settings.

Firefox – Settings
  • Click on Search on the left side.
  • Choose DuckDuckGo as your default search engine in the dropdown.
Firefox – Default search enging

Brave

Open the top-right menu and click Settings.

Brave – Settings

Scroll down until you reach the Search engine and choose DuckDuckGo.

Brave – Default search engine

Safari

Open the menu under the Safari item at the top left and click Preferences.

Safari – Settings

Click on Search and then choose DuckDuclGo from the dropdown.

Safari – Default search engine

Android smartphone

Google Chrome

Browse to duckduckgo.com and you will immediately be asked to add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome.

Google Chrome – Open DuckDuckGo website
Google Chrome – Instructions
  • Open the menu at the top right
  • Click Settings.
  • Choose Search Engine.
  • Now select DuckDuckGo from the dropdown.
Google Chrome – Settings
Google Chrome – DuckDuckGo
Google Chrome – Default search engine

Firefox

  • Open the top right menu and click on Settings.
  • Choose Search Engine.
  • Select DuckDuckGo from the dropdown.
  • Set DuckDuckGo as default
Firefox – Settings
Firefox – Search
Firefox – DuckDuckGo
Firefox – Set as default

Brave

Surf to duckduckgo.com and you will immediately be asked to add DuckDuckGo to Brave.

Brave – Open DuckDuckGo website
Brave – Instructions
  • Open the menu at the top right
  • Click Settings.
  • Under Search Engine, choose the type of tab (default or private).
  • Select DuckDuckGo to set up.
Brave – Settings
Brave – Default search engine

Brave – Choose DuckDuckGo

Final thought

It’s not difficult to set up another search engine, but you have to do it quickly in 3 or 4 different places. And that’s exactly what makes it a bit of an effort. I think it’s totally worth the effort.