DuckDuckGo Not Working? Why & How to Fix it?

The privacy and security of its users are prioritized by the search engine DuckDuckGo. It is among the most well-liked search engines that prioritize privacy because it never collects nor shares personal details.

However, DuckDuckGo has various issues and DuckDuckGo Not Working. The search engine's malfunction can be caused by a number of factors. Your IP address may have been blacklisted by the search engine to prevent DOS attacks, or one of your software programs may be in conflict.

How Can I Fix DuckDuckGo's Issues?

Restart your router or modem first, then attempt any of the techniques on this list. Clear the cache if you are using the DuckDuckGo privacy browser. You could also attempt to restart your device to see if it fixes the issue.

Check to see if the server is down last. They usually notify the user on their official websites and social media profiles if such is the case.

Here are some additional solutions to repair DuckDuckGo Not Working if the problem persists.

Delete Browsing History

Like anything else on your device, your browsing history is saved. Clearing browsing history on a regular basis is a smart idea. Because your browser can still be using outdated files, old browsing data clogs your device that stops you from the use of new forms.

On Chrome

  • Click the three dots in top right of the Chrome browser once it is open.
  • Press History once again after selecting History.
  • From the left sidebar, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select All time from dropdown option.
  • Click to clear data. 

On Safari

  • Choose History in the navigation bar after starting Safari.
  • Click on Clear History.
  • Select "All History" from the drop-down menu, then click "Clear History."

On Firefox

  • Launch Firefox, then select the three dots in the top right corner.
  • Select History.
  • Press the Clear Recent History button.
  • Select Everything from the drop-down option, then tap OK.
  • History is not saved by DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser. So you won't have to do this if you use the DuckDuckGo mobile browser.

Install or Update DuckDuckGO

If the problem persists, you can try upgrading or reinstalling DuckDuckGo. If it's a bug, this should be fixed in the most recent releases. Moreover, reinstalling DuckDuckGo fixes corrupted installations and other problems.

You can reinstall the DuckDuckGo browser plugin by following the instructions below.

On Chrome

  • Select the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome when it has opened.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Within the left sidebar, select Extensions.
  • Click Uninstall on DuckDuckGo in the new tab.
  • From the Chrome Web Store, install DuckDuckGo.

On Firefox

  • Start Firefox, then select the menu option in the top right corner.
  • Select Extensions under Add-ons as well as Themes.
  • Remove by selecting the DuckDuckGo icon with the three dots.
  • Download the DuckDuckGo plugin for Firefox.
  • If you use the DuckDuckGo privacy browser on a mobile device, check for updates or consider installing this once.

Use VPN or Proxy

If DuckDuckGo is blocked in your region, a VPN and proxy can help. In a similar manner, trying to use a VPN from a nation which has outlawed the privacy search engine results in failure. A firewall blocking DuckDuckGo could also cause it to stop functioning.

However, a VPN and proxy will get around this problem. Remember that a firewall does not automatically block DuckDuckGo. The adjustments must be made by someone. These modifications are typical in corporate and educational networks where DuckDuckGo may have been deliberately restricted by the account administrator.

Finally, if your Internet Service Provider has blocked DuckDuckGo, a VPN and proxy may also be helpful. Since Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, and just a few more networks restricted DuckDuckGo, several Indian users have complained that the service had stopped working.

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