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DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

DuckDuckGo

Browse the web privately, search anonymously, and escape ad trackers.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.8
822.6K+ Ratings
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Stacy Ellison
    I've used this app for a little more than a year and love it. It does what it says and looks much like the popularly used search engine, tells when there are trackers and how many, if a site is trusted or not (little color coded shield next to each search result). It gives the option to vote a website as trusted, so you have a say in which site is trustworthy. I feel like I can browse safely with this app and will never go back. I also use DuckDuckGo for Chrome on PC which is equally awesome.
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  • Overall Good Jan 12, 2019

    By Andrew1243
    I like every thing that is provided, and I am glad that the app scans questionable websites to view and inform me of the privacy practices, this can prevent my history from being aggregated and save my device from potentially developing a malicious virus that could overtake my device. And it’s rather simple as well. But I have one complaint: I enjoy the fact that I can courageously venture into the deeper parts of the web to find information for essays, recreation etc., but I would prefer a feature that could be toggled in settings permitting the app to discourage and omit all inappropriate photographs, video, imagery, etc. In other words, I do not want pornographic images to seep into my searches with all the ambiguity in words these days. If you could design a feature to just that, it would be excellent. An even better idea, make the option to create a password as a requirement to turn off the filter, you know, just so that young children will not turn it off and encounter x-rated material. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Rachel Parsonson
    I was pleasantly surprised by DuckDuckGo. Some of the alternative search engines just aren’t as good as Google, but this is. The only issues I have are that because it doesn’t save my search history at all, if I hang around on a web page too long I can’t head back to the page I navigated from, which can be frustrating if I need to go back! It also really struggles with netflix on my computer, but otherwise it is great, like Google 20 years ago...
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  • Good, could use more features Nov 30, 2018

    By davidrherron
    I want to start off by saying this browser is the best single browser I’ve found for the iPad. The bar at the top with buttons and the search bar doesn’t take up a lot of space, and the desktop mode always works well, unlike with Safari. The browser looks nice and is quick. There are two features I feel that are missing, one necessity and one nice to have. First - the reason this review doesn’t have 4 stars - I cant set DuckDuckGo as the default for opening hyperlinks on my iPad. When I click a link in my email and a box shows up it only gives me the choice of safari or chrome, and I don’t even have chrome installed. If and when DuckDuckGo can be set as a default for this, I will update this review to 4 stars gladly. Aside from that, the only feature I feel this browser is missing from pushing it to perfection is some easy gesture based system of switching tabs. The button in the bottom right hand corner is fine and logical, but some more touch friendly and quicker way to switch tabs would make this browser much better. That’s it. If it gets those two features it would be perfect and I would update this review to 5 stars.
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  • Aug 8, 2020

    By Clarissa Winger
    I like the app. It does what it says. I don't like when you press the back button it takes you all the way out of what you were doing. I'd give it 5 stars if that was fixed. I like not being spamed constanly. I like not being tracked and feeling like my thoughts are being read. Or that i am being listened to. If you are tired of that crerpy feeling and want to make a small change i sugfest you try this app.
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  • Aug 11, 2020

    By M Ort
    When I first saw the availability of a DuckDuckGo browser it seemed like a good thing. After all I prefer their search engine to google. But this thing has an annoying popup feature the only purpose for which seems to be to annoy me. Guess what - it works! I am annoyed. Uninstalling this pos. "You got this"
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By charan teja
    Data security is a very big lie ! My browsing history and location history being used by Facebook even after browsing only through this browser. Keyboard wont appear automatically for some websites unless we refresh the page. Videos in webpage feed goes blank for few seconds...i dont know why ! Hope bugs would be fixed in nxt update.
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  • Not good enough to replace Chrome...yet Aug 31, 2018

    By 田立永
    Firstly, I’d like to note that I really appreciate DuckDuckGo’s mission. I tried it for a while, but eventually had to admit that it just wasn’t where I need it to be to replace Chrome. My biggest issue with it is that searches are markedly slower, both with the Chrome plugin and and iOS app, taking anywhere from 2 - 30 sec longer. I have to reference searches on the internet a lot, and this messes with my workflow. Ironically some sites do in fact perform better, since they can’t load so many video ads and trackers, but on the whole DDG slows me down a lot. Additionally, search I’ve found that search results are not as “good” as Chrome when it comes to answering questions. If I’m looking up how to do something, it can often take sifting through more pages to find what I want. DDG is also missing many Chrome niceties, e.g. looking up word definitions, directions, office phone numbers, etc are also lacking. I would love to get off Chrome and Google. However, I must concede that they currently offer a superior product. DDG should be much faster than Chrome, since it has less to do (I.e. since it doesn’t have to track me), but it is much slower. Oh well— if DDG can at least radically improve its search speed, I’ll happily revisit it in the future.
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  • Warning! Security on an iPhone with this app needs to really be addressed ASAP! Feb 17, 2020

    By Scothcula
    I used to recommend this app to a lot of Apple friends. However, this is the first time I’ve seen a prominent iPhone app compromise security on an iPhone to force the user to make unwanted calls. If a person is unlucky enough to hit a website this app can’t handle, it will allow the website to hijack an iPhone and make the affected iPhone want to dial a certain number again and again without stopping. (It needs the user to confirm before calling but the button won’t go away). The only recommendation I could give to these three people to fix this issue was to do a hard shutdown. To be honest I thought it was a fluke and the developer would take care of it in later fixes. First person reported it to me - less than a year ago, 2nd time about 7 months, 3rd this week. The last person that I helped almost couldn’t shut down their iPhone. She said the pop up was happening too fast to get the buttons on her iPhone to register. When I looked at her iPhone she wasn’t exaggerating. Rating this app a “1 star” in a chance to grab the developer’s attention on this issue to fix it. Sorry!
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  • Keeps Getting Hijacked! Oct 1, 2018

    By hoodrat91910
    When clicking video links on certain porn sites, this browser continually gets hijacked by bogus websites claiming there’s a virus on my device or something like that. In the past, I could just backtrack out and attempt to re-click on the video again and have success. This morning, however, I could not even do that, and I could not even close the browser! My iPhone was totally useless at that point. When I restarted my Iphone and went back into the DuckDuckGo browser, it was still hijacked with the same flashing screen! I had to delete the entire DuckDuckGo browser in order to use my phone! Not good at all. These porn sites works fine in the Safari browser, by the way.
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  1. Take control of your privacy! Keep your personal information safe as you search and browse the web with DuckDuckGO
  2. Included Privacy Grade rating tells you how protected you are when you visit a website, rated on a score of A to F
  3. Forces sites to use an encrypted connection where available, meaning your data stays safe and protected

Reviewed by Kaylin on April 24, 2019

  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Stacy Ellison
    I've used this app for a little more than a year and love it. It does what it says and looks much like the popularly used search engine, tells when there are trackers and how many, if a site is trusted or not (little color coded shield next to each search result). It gives the option to vote a website as trusted, so you have a say in which site is trustworthy. I feel like I can browse safely with this app and will never go back. I also use DuckDuckGo for Chrome on PC which is equally awesome.
    more
  • Overall Good Jan 12, 2019

    By Andrew1243
    I like every thing that is provided, and I am glad that the app scans questionable websites to view and inform me of the privacy practices, this can prevent my history from being aggregated and save my device from potentially developing a malicious virus that could overtake my device. And it’s rather simple as well. But I have one complaint: I enjoy the fact that I can courageously venture into the deeper parts of the web to find information for essays, recreation etc., but I would prefer a feature that could be toggled in settings permitting the app to discourage and omit all inappropriate photographs, video, imagery, etc. In other words, I do not want pornographic images to seep into my searches with all the ambiguity in words these days. If you could design a feature to just that, it would be excellent. An even better idea, make the option to create a password as a requirement to turn off the filter, you know, just so that young children will not turn it off and encounter x-rated material. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.
    more
  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Rachel Parsonson
    I was pleasantly surprised by DuckDuckGo. Some of the alternative search engines just aren’t as good as Google, but this is. The only issues I have are that because it doesn’t save my search history at all, if I hang around on a web page too long I can’t head back to the page I navigated from, which can be frustrating if I need to go back! It also really struggles with netflix on my computer, but otherwise it is great, like Google 20 years ago...
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  • Privacy is a top priority Sep 21, 2019

    By Luis Fonzi
    I don’t wright reviews but I really like this even thought I don’t really have anything to hide I think that if we don’t show these companies that we care about are privacy we will live in future/society we’re ads and tracks haunt us all and influence use. Which is why I really recommend this app it doesn’t track you, it block/prevents trackers from tracking you, doesn’t have a filter bubble that gives you customized results kinda like propaganda and discrimination and lastly it gives helpful tips to keep your privacy in check. If it weren’t for DuckDuckGo I would have never know that the share my location setting doesn’t work most of the time. You might be think how does DuckDuckGo make money the way do that is from affiliate links basically when you buy something online in DuckDuckGo some of that money goes DuckDuckGo I hole that this has convinced you to try out DuckDuckGo and thanks for reading this long.
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  • The Full Internet . Oct 16, 2018

    By Grammy member
    Once upon a time, the internet was a place for free thoughts, no matter what they were. You could search the internet and get all results. You could make up your own mind and decide which of the results of your search were good or bad. You could think for yourself. Then this insidious company named google ,decided that you weren’t smart enough to decide which search results were what you wanted. So this evil company said,” We know better than everyone else and we will only return search results that they approve of or have been paid for.” All other information that’s out there is irrelevant and they can’t read others opinions unless we say that it’s ok. If you are a free thinker and don’t want to be told what you should think, read, know and want to see all and decide for yourself, Delete google as a search engine and use Duck Duck Go. Your search will return all of the internet, not just what an evil company wants you to read.
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  • Aug 8, 2020

    By Clarissa Winger
    I like the app. It does what it says. I don't like when you press the back button it takes you all the way out of what you were doing. I'd give it 5 stars if that was fixed. I like not being spamed constanly. I like not being tracked and feeling like my thoughts are being read. Or that i am being listened to. If you are tired of that crerpy feeling and want to make a small change i sugfest you try this app.
    more
  • Aug 11, 2020

    By Tyler Kirkham
    On the whole it is a great browser and I find very little difference between it and chrome. There are small bug issues though. For example when I am trying to input information in to a page, it doesn't let me type anything. Or sometimes you can exit an entire site just by pressing the back button once. Small price to pay for privacy I suppose!
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  • Better than Google! Nov 2, 2018

    By yodelingpuppet
    Ok, that’s subjective. There’s pros and cons to each search engine; the major drawback of Google, for me anyway, is that everything is tracked everywhere. They’re constantly collecting information about you and building a profile on you. I’m not paranoid about privacy or anything, but keep in mind, Google isn’t your product, you’re their product, and you’re sold to advertisers. I already use Facebook and Twitter so I’m still tracked, but cutting Google out of that equation gives me a bit of peace of mind. As consumers, we should not be okay with constantly being tracked... do your self a favor and replace Google with DuckDuckGo. The only feedback I have for the devs is to make the keyboard pop up as the app is opened. Why click inside the search bar to bring up the keyboard? The whole reason for opening the app is to start typing something, and therefore the keyboard should already be present. If you must insist on keeping it the way it is, at the least, you can place the search bar in the center so it then becomes a one-handed operation. That’s my only minor complaint.
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  • Aug 9, 2020

    By Tero Hannula
    This is a very good browser. The swipe-to-refresh feature was a welcomed improvement. I'll give the 5th star for bookmark folders and for the feature that shows the bookmarks when clicking the URL bar, just like in the tablet version of this app. That would streamline probably the most used feature, "show the bookmarks" by eliminating one click.
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  • Aug 11, 2020

    By Jaimie H
    -Wish it had the "what's this song" option like Google. -I'm also having weird scrolling issues with it that I've emailed them about. Trying to read, slowly scrolling, and suddenly it will just blast down the page really far, forcing me to have to scroll back up to where I was. -I also wish it could automatically switch from day to night/dark mode at a certain time.
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  • Good, could use more features Nov 30, 2018

    By davidrherron
    I want to start off by saying this browser is the best single browser I’ve found for the iPad. The bar at the top with buttons and the search bar doesn’t take up a lot of space, and the desktop mode always works well, unlike with Safari. The browser looks nice and is quick. There are two features I feel that are missing, one necessity and one nice to have. First - the reason this review doesn’t have 4 stars - I cant set DuckDuckGo as the default for opening hyperlinks on my iPad. When I click a link in my email and a box shows up it only gives me the choice of safari or chrome, and I don’t even have chrome installed. If and when DuckDuckGo can be set as a default for this, I will update this review to 4 stars gladly. Aside from that, the only feature I feel this browser is missing from pushing it to perfection is some easy gesture based system of switching tabs. The button in the bottom right hand corner is fine and logical, but some more touch friendly and quicker way to switch tabs would make this browser much better. That’s it. If it gets those two features it would be perfect and I would update this review to 5 stars.
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Alberto Caban
    This app was amazing at some point because it was smooth and true to it's word about privacy but about a month ago it started making my screen flicker and glitch. It only seems to happen with this app and I have few other apps that I use in a daily but this one has honestly began to disappoint me. I deleted it and reinstalled it to see if it would fix but it remains with it's flickering, I would improve my review if the issue can be fixed, I really did love this app at some point.
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  • Good, with a potentially serious issue May 28, 2019

    By Alice Valkyrie
    I like that this browser lets you clear your cache and doesn’t take up much space on my phone. I wish it was better at blocking ads though. I’ve used this browser on my Mac for years b/c I trust it far more than I trust Google to not sell my search history to advertisers. However, due to a possible bug-the app version of this browser isn’t as private as it should be. I can clear my cache and completely close the app-but I don’t think it completely deletes my search history. Why do I say this? Because I can open the app (after having cleared the cache and closed it) and often, if I leave it open and go to another app before returning to it, a YT vid or a webpage I visited before I cleared my cache will appear for a brief second before disappearing. While it doesn’t bother me beyond the fact that I worry some of my data is being saved (which I don’t want)-this could be a major issue for some people if they were truly using this app to have a 100% untraceable search history.
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  • Just wish there was a home page Sep 4, 2018

    By Use another Maps app now
    I love Duckduckgo. I've been using it for some time now as my default search engine in both browsers I use on my computer, so naturally I've been using the app for searches from my phone. I have to say, the only real feedback I have for the developers is that there is no home page. This sounds like a minor thing, but in fact loading an old query I already found the answer to makes the app needlessly slow and cumbersome to open. The wait is annoying in and of itself but also it delays the current search I'm enlisting. I have yet to find myself wanting to revisit the previous search I performed, maybe some rare occasion. What I would much rather see is a simple, fast home page load with cute duckie greeting me. It would make 3 stars into 5. 🌟Thanks for a great, private search engine and the continual development!
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  • Great with some annoyances Jun 6, 2019

    By Some1withAcomputer
    I appreciate this app a ton but some functionality is lost. For one, the video section of the search is only half there. I’m on an iPhone 6+ and their is no way I’ve found to get the videos to play in full screen. It’s trapped in a small format, text from the page blocks the video, and it doesn’t really help when you rotate the phone to landscape either. The playback simply doesn’t go full screen. I’m not too tech savvy when it come to html, but pop ups that make it through tend to load on your current page rather then appearing on a new tab. Tabs in general are a little bit of a hassle on this UX. Navigating them is a little clunky and unfamiliar. Mostly the video search function is the most aggravating.
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  • Not good enough to replace Chrome...yet Aug 31, 2018

    By 田立永
    Firstly, I’d like to note that I really appreciate DuckDuckGo’s mission. I tried it for a while, but eventually had to admit that it just wasn’t where I need it to be to replace Chrome. My biggest issue with it is that searches are markedly slower, both with the Chrome plugin and and iOS app, taking anywhere from 2 - 30 sec longer. I have to reference searches on the internet a lot, and this messes with my workflow. Ironically some sites do in fact perform better, since they can’t load so many video ads and trackers, but on the whole DDG slows me down a lot. Additionally, search I’ve found that search results are not as “good” as Chrome when it comes to answering questions. If I’m looking up how to do something, it can often take sifting through more pages to find what I want. DDG is also missing many Chrome niceties, e.g. looking up word definitions, directions, office phone numbers, etc are also lacking. I would love to get off Chrome and Google. However, I must concede that they currently offer a superior product. DDG should be much faster than Chrome, since it has less to do (I.e. since it doesn’t have to track me), but it is much slower. Oh well— if DDG can at least radically improve its search speed, I’ll happily revisit it in the future.
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  • Keeps Getting Hijacked! Oct 1, 2018

    By hoodrat91910
    When clicking video links on certain porn sites, this browser continually gets hijacked by bogus websites claiming there’s a virus on my device or something like that. In the past, I could just backtrack out and attempt to re-click on the video again and have success. This morning, however, I could not even do that, and I could not even close the browser! My iPhone was totally useless at that point. When I restarted my Iphone and went back into the DuckDuckGo browser, it was still hijacked with the same flashing screen! I had to delete the entire DuckDuckGo browser in order to use my phone! Not good at all. These porn sites works fine in the Safari browser, by the way.
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  • Good on privacy, bad auto suggestion Mar 12, 2019

    By Falcon511
    I like the privacy that duck duck go has. As someone who needs to google medical issues and doesn’t want to be tracked and then later given ads for such issues, it’s nice. However when searching for a site the auto fill suggestion provided me with something that was highly inappropriate and rather upsetting. If accidentally tapped I could have searched for something I didn’t intend to search for. When disabling the auto suggestion the setting didn’t apply right away. While I am for a free and open internet, sometimes its best to make sure the service can censor themselves. To caution people using the search engine, be careful and pay attention.
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  • Aug 11, 2020

    By M Ort
    When I first saw the availability of a DuckDuckGo browser it seemed like a good thing. After all I prefer their search engine to google. But this thing has an annoying popup feature the only purpose for which seems to be to annoy me. Guess what - it works! I am annoyed. Uninstalling this pos. "You got this"
    more
  • Aug 10, 2020

    By charan teja
    Data security is a very big lie ! My browsing history and location history being used by Facebook even after browsing only through this browser. Keyboard wont appear automatically for some websites unless we refresh the page. Videos in webpage feed goes blank for few seconds...i dont know why ! Hope bugs would be fixed in nxt update.
    more
  • Warning! Security on an iPhone with this app needs to really be addressed ASAP! Feb 17, 2020

    By Scothcula
    I used to recommend this app to a lot of Apple friends. However, this is the first time I’ve seen a prominent iPhone app compromise security on an iPhone to force the user to make unwanted calls. If a person is unlucky enough to hit a website this app can’t handle, it will allow the website to hijack an iPhone and make the affected iPhone want to dial a certain number again and again without stopping. (It needs the user to confirm before calling but the button won’t go away). The only recommendation I could give to these three people to fix this issue was to do a hard shutdown. To be honest I thought it was a fluke and the developer would take care of it in later fixes. First person reported it to me - less than a year ago, 2nd time about 7 months, 3rd this week. The last person that I helped almost couldn’t shut down their iPhone. She said the pop up was happening too fast to get the buttons on her iPhone to register. When I looked at her iPhone she wasn’t exaggerating. Rating this app a “1 star” in a chance to grab the developer’s attention on this issue to fix it. Sorry!
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