Smart & Connected Life Connected Car Tech 28 28 people found this article helpful How to Use DuckDuckGo Maps DuckDuckGo Maps is powered by Apple Maps and is known for privacy by Brad Stephenson Freelance Contributor Brad Stephenson is a freelance tech and geek culture writer with 12+ years' experience. He writes about Windows 10, Xbox One, and cryptocurrency. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Brad Stephenson Updated on October 26, 2020 Connected Car Tech Navigation Android Auto Apple CarPlay Tweet Share Email Users have long flocked to the DuckDuckGo search engine for its privacy features, but its Apple Maps-powered mapping and routing functionality is gaining attention for its anonymity and interactivity. Here's a look at how DuckDuckGo Maps works and how to use it. DuckDuckGo and its mapping functions are available using DuckDuckGo in a web browser, a browser extension, and the mobile apps for iOS and Android. How to Get Directions With DuckDuckGo Maps Mapping and routing functionality is integrated into the main DuckDuckGo search engine. These functions are automatically triggered when you search for a business or location. To get directions and plan your route, use search-query styles, such as: The full address of a location.A city, state, country, or region name.A business name.A type of business.A Near Me search. Perform a Near Me, Business Type, or Name Search Search for a restaurant, store, or any kind of business and follow it with near me to get local search results. Or, search for a business, such as a hotel, golf course, or grocery store, by type or name. Open the DuckDuckGo search engine in a web browser. Type your search query and then select Search (the magnifying glass). This example shows a Near Me search about restaurants. Select Enable Location (anonymously) to get more accurate search results. Map-related search results appear on the left side. Select More Places. A full-screen map layout of your search results appears. Select a result from the list on the left. Alternatively, select any of the search results on the map to display more information about the business. More information about the business displays in the left pane, including its website and TripAdvisor reviews. Select Directions for directions to the establishment. Select Driving or Walking to see the various routes. You'll also see your routes on the map. Select Show Steps to see the route's exact directions. Each route shows the distance and time to your destination. Click or use your mouse to zoom in on the map. Your turn-by-turn or step-by-step directions display. On the map side, select Satellite at any time to switch to a satellite view. You'll see a satellite view of your route. Select the X on the search results pane to exit. A box to search for other restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks, and more appears. Select any category to display search results. Alternatively, zoom in on the map and select Search This Area to search for more places. You'll see a list of locations that match the category. Select any to find directions to that site, or select a site from the map. Since Apple Maps features TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Booking.com integration, DuckDuckGo maps-related search results return information from these sites. Use an Exact Address Search for Route Planning If you know your destination's exact address, here's how to get your route and map it out with DuckDuckGo. Open the DuckDuckGo search engine in a web browser. Type the address and then select Search (the magnifying glass). You can type a more general location, such as Las Vegas, Nevada. Select Open Map. Alternatively, select Directions to go to your route options. A map opens and shows the location. Select Directions to get directions to the location. Select a route for step-by-step directions. Switch from Driving to Walking if you need walking directions. How to Get the DuckDuckGo Browser Extension DuckDuckGo offers browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, making it easy to perform DuckDuckGo map searches from your favorite browser. DuckDuckGo Chrome Extension You can download the DuckDuckGo extension from the Chrome Web Store. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials. Select Add to Chrome. Select Add extension to confirm. To perform a DuckDuckGo search, select its icon from the extension bar. Enter your map-related query in the pop-up search box and then select Search. Select from the search results and find routes and directions as usual. DuckDuckGo Firefox Extension The DuckDuckGo extension is also available from the Firefox Add-On page. Find DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials on the Mozilla Firefox Add-On page. Select Add to Firefox. Select Add to confirm. Enter a map-related search term and then select Search (the arrow). Select from the search results and find routes and directions as usual. DuckDuckGo Safari Extension The Mac App Store also has the DuckDuckGo extension. Navigate to the DuckDuckGo Safari Extention in the Mac App Store and select Get. Select Install. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and Password. Select Open. Enable the extension in Safari and then use it for DuckDuckGo map searches. How to Use the DuckDuckGo Mobile App It's easy to get directions, create a route, and find locations with the DuckDuckGo mobile apps for iOS and Android. Download for: iOS Android Open the DuckDuckGo mobile app. Type your map-related search query. You'll see your search results. Select Open Map. Select Directions. Choose a route to see turn-by-turn directions. If you have an iOS device, select Navigate in Apple Maps to send the route to Apple Maps on your mobile device so you can hear audible directions. In Apple Maps, select Go to start your route and hear turn-by-turn directions. Follow the instructions to your destination. About DuckDuckGo Maps Before 2019, DuckDuckGo used data from an open-source map service called OpenStreetMap to provide limited mapping functionality for its users. It also let users choose direction services from Bing, Google, and HERE Maps. With its Apple Maps exclusive partnership in 2019, DuckDuckGo aimed to match its rivals' full-featured mapping results while retaining its commitment to privacy. When you do a map or address-related search on DuckDuckGo, the search engine pulls results from Apple Maps. The results offer business listings, embedded maps, and directions in the search results. For route planning, you'll see the distance and time to your destination. This functionality works similarly to the map and address features on Google and Bing, except DuckDuckGo searches are anonymous. Apple Maps collects only anonymous data. DuckDuckGo uses the same address database and satellite imagery as the main Apple Maps app. However, DuckDuckGo doesn't send personal data, such as IP addresses, to Apple or any other companies.