Call me dumb, but, I don't see an obvious way to do this.

I want to add duckduckgo.com as the main search engine in Google Chrome for Android (beta, stable...)

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As of chrome v39, this still can't easily be done; however, you can hack it. From the XDA post SomeNickName referenced:

  1. Install a Terminal emulator or use adb shell if you're familiar with it.

  2. Change the "last_known_google_url" and "last_prompted_google_url" settings support having a search&q=added to the end. For example, duckduckgo would work with, https://www.duckduckgo.com& -- where the extra ampersand at the end is for converting the "search" text into an additional query sting param.

Here's a shell command for setting the duckduckgo url:

    awk '/last_known_google_url/ {sub(/google.com\//,"duckduckgo.com/\\&")}; {print}' ${p} > $p.bak
    awk '/last_prompted_google_url/ {sub(/google.com\//,"duckduckgo.com/\\&")}; {print}' ${p}.bak > ${p}
  • I get a “permission denied” error on 2nd line — so perhaps a silly question: do I need to root my phone to be able to do it?
    – Meisner
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 17:22
  • You might want to make sure that the first line's path actually exists. If it doesn't, then that command would fail. I may have ran this command on a rooted phone, but can't recall for sure (my last two phones haven't been rooted, but this post may have been from the phone before those two) Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 16:40

With newer versions, you need to open the search engine first, do a search, then Chrome will add it on its list.

If you then go to Settings -> Search engine, the search engine you visited will be listed in the Recently visited section.


You can configure the default search engine for the address bar by going to Chrome menu > Settings > (Basics) Search engine.

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  • I don't see any placeholder to add duckduckgo.com as an option over there
    – Karolinger
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 19:14
  • ? Isn't the option custom for you to type anything? I don't have Google Chrome installed, and i believe it is incompatible with my X8, i can't try for myself... but it should work? Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 19:16
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    I made the question because obviously I don't see that option
    – Karolinger
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 19:18
  • I can't help you much further because my X8 isn't compatible with the app for me to test it, however, if you feel with time and want to read more, these guys Were/Are having the same problem... Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 19:30

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