DuckDuckGo has been added to the Google Chrome default search engines. Google has recently added the search engine to its list of standard search engines.
Users are now able to select and set DuckDuckGo as their default search engine in version 73 and higher of the Google Chrome web browser. However, to use DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, most users need to update Google Chrome to the most recent version.
Why did Google add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome?
Google’s choice to add the DuckDuckGo search engine fits the current mood in which people are becoming increasingly aware of their online privacy.
Users know DuckDuckGo as the alternative to the major search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. DuckDuckGo is focused on privacy and states it will not store or resell any user data.
DuckDuckGo has been growing in popularity in recent years. The expansion in Google Chrome is expected to further increase the popularity of DuckDuckGo.
I can’t find DuckDuckGo in the Google Chrome search engine list?
DuckDuckGo will not be added to the latest version of Google Chrome in all countries. Reason for this would – this is not confirmed – that Google consciously chooses to add DuckDuckGo to the countries where privacy search engines like DuckDuckGo are more visited and popular.
Here is a list of the countries in which the privacy search engine is added to Google Chrome.
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Moldova, Macedonia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, Venezuela, Uruguay, and USA.
How to add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome?
DuckDuckGo as default search engine
Open the Google Chrome web browser. Click the Google Chrome menu (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
Click Settings in the menu, scroll down and click manage search engines.
Click the three vertical dots and select Make default. You have now successfully set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine.
DuckDuckGo default homepage
Do you also want to make DuckDuckGo your default homepage in Google Chrome? No problem.
Go back to Settings.
Scroll down to On Startup, and check Open a specific page or set of pages. Click on Add a new page and enter https://www.duckduckgo.com/
Restart the Google Chrome browser after you are done.
Need even more privacy?
You might want to check out DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is a browser extension for Google Chrome which protects your online behavior against online trackers, decodes privacy policies, forces https connections when visiting sites and shows you in a blink (using an icon in the Google Chrome toolbar) the privacy grading of a website.
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