4 best browsers to use with DuckDuckGo

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  • If you don't like the idea that search engine giants like Google or even Bing track your search history, alternatives such as DuckDuckGo exists. 
  • Using DuckDuckGo together with a privacy-focused web browser is a really good choice. See our top recommendations in this article.  
  • You can learn more about the DuckDuckGo search engine in our dedicated section. 
  • See what other great options you have in the Browsers Hub found on this site. 
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DuckDuckGo is a web search engine that is popular among the people who take their privacy seriously and don’t like search engine giants like Google or even Bing track their search history.

While all the search engines claim of respecting the user privacy it is a well-known fact that the data is what keeps these search giants running. DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, does not rack user data thus being one among few fully-private search engines.

However, using a web browser that offers better privacy features such as inbuilt VPN, ad-block and cookie blocker can empower the users to take control of their personal information online without any tradeoffs. To fully keep anonymous and enhance the impact DuckDuckGo has.

In this article, we take a look at the best web browser to use with DuckDuckGo to take full control of your Privacy online.

What browser should I use with DuckDuckGo search engine?

Opera Browser

Opera browser for DuckDuckGo

Opera Browser is a popular web browser for the Windows platform. Opera browser recently received a complete design overhaul along with some fancy privacy features.

The latest version of the Opera browser comes with a free VPN, fast ad blocker, Web 3 support, and a lot more control over your browsing experience.

After the installation, the Opera browser allows you to customize the browser by importing the bookmarks and history from the other browser. You can also select a dark or light theme, use Messenger and WhatsApp without leaving the browser as well as store and use Cryptocurrency using the built-in Crypto wallet.

The free VPN can be enabled from the Settings window and used for bypassing region-restricted websites. It also has a built-in ad-blocker to keep the annoying ads away from the websites.

Apart from that it also comes with extension support, built-in screenshot features and other security features such as HTTP redirection, etc.



Top browser with built-in free VPN that works great with DuckDuckGo

UR Browser

UR Browser is the latest entrant in the Web Browser market and for the starter, it comes with a well-polished UI and host of privacy and security features.

By default, UR Browser has Bing as its search engine but you can change the search engine to DuckDuckGo from the settings. More on it later. UR Browser is based on the Chromium project which means it offers similar functionality as of Google Chrome with additional features.

The privacy features on the browser include an inbuilt VPN that you can access by click on the VPN icon on the top right corner. You can select servers from up to 6 countries to connect to the VPN, although it requires you to create a UR Browser account to use the service.

The Privacy Suite features help you to block trackers, annoying ads, cookies, redirects the unsecured websites to the secure HTTPS connection when available and also offers the anti-fingerprinting feature. You can enable and disable each feature after accessing any website using the UR Browser.

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Set DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine in UR Browser

  1. Launch UR BRowser.
  2. Click on the Menu (three dots) and select Settings.
  3. Type Search Engine in the search bar.
    Set DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine in UR Browser
  4. Click the Drop-down menu and select DuckDuckGo.
  5. Quit and relaunch UR browser and DuckDuckGo should be your default browser.
UR Browser

UR Browser

UR Browser offers a lot of privacy-protection features. Easily set DuckDuckGo as the default browser and browse safely.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox Browser for DuckDuckGo

After Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is probably the most popular browser available for Windows computers. Similar to the Opera, Firefox also received a major overhaul to its design in the recent update along with enhanced speed and resource management.

Firefox allows you to sync your browsing data across devices by creating an account. The popular add-on/extension support has now improved with a more strict approach to applicable add-ons.

The Private browsing mode now blocks contents and online trackers that follow you around the web. Then there is my favorite Screenshots feature that allows you to capture web pages with scrolling support for a quick snap and share session.

Firefox can be customized according to the user preference by changing the search bar tool, themes and default search engine from the settings. If you want to have a popular browser with no news feeds and tons of add-on, Firefox is the browser to use.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome Image

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser among Windows users. However, the reason it is last in our list because the browser is from Google and Google collects user data when allowed.

Google Chrome also comes with all the standard security features such as automatic URL redirect from HTTP to HTTPS, VPN, and ad-blocker support through the extension and familiar user interface across the devices.

The latest version of Google Chrome includes DuckDuckGo as a recommended search engine.

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All the browsers listed in this article allow you to change the default engine and set it to DuckDuckGo. Do you use DuckDuckGo as your default search engine? Let us know in the comments below.

FAQ: Learn more about DuckDuckGo

  • How do I add DuckDuckGo to Opera?

To add DuckDuckGo to Opera, go to the official DuckDuckGo website and click on the button Add DuckDuckGo to Opera. Alternatively, you can go to Opera’s settings, locate Search Engine and set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine.

  • Is DuckDuckGo owned by Google?

Google does not own DuckDuckGo. Duck Duck Go, Inc is the company that owns the DuckDuckGo search engine.

  • Can DuckDuckGo be traced?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not track and record users’ browsing history. It does not use any trackers or cookies to collect information on its users. Since there is no stored browsing history, DuckDuckGo cannot be traced.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2019 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.