DuckDuckGo browser now supports password and bookmark syncing across devices

Feb 16, 2024

DuckDuckGo browser is now capable of syncing your passwords and bookmarks across devices. You don't need to create an account to use the feature.

Rival browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi support sync, but they require signing in to an account. DuckDuckGo's sync system is similar to Brave Browser's Sync Chain, i.e. instead of an account, it stores the data on your devices.

DuckDuckGo says that the data is end-to-end encrypted, and that the decryption is key only stored on the user's device. So nobody can access the bookmarks, passwords, except you. The browser had previously supported importing the data from other browsers. But if you had to set up the browser on multiple devices, you had to do it manually. The new sync feature will automate the process. In addition to passwords and bookmarks, the browser also syncs your Email Protection settings between your devices.

How to sync bookmarks, passwords in DuckDuckGo browser

You can use the Sync & Backup feature on DuckDuckGo browser for Windows, Mac computers, iOS and Android phones, tablets.

How to sync bookmarks, passwords in DuckDuckGo browser

1. Open the DuckDuckGo browser on your computer, phone or tablet.

2. Go to the Settings.

3. Select Sync & Backup.

4. Click on "Sync with Another Device".

5. The browser will display a QR code that you can scan with your phone's camera. Alternatively, you can use the view "Text code" (alphanumeric) that you can copy and paste on your device, this can be useful for syncing the data between two computers.

DuckDuckGo browser sync via QR code

That's it, your data will now be synced between your devices. Whenever you make some changes on your computer, phone or tablet, the change will automatically be reflected on the other devices. DuckDuckGo browser will display a recovery code that you can save as a PDF, or save it as a Text Code. This can be used to recover your data, if you lose your device.

DuckDuckGo browser sync bookmarks passwords

Mobile-specific features

The mobile version of the browser has two special features. DuckDuckGo for Android and iOS supports auto-download of icons for synced bookmarks. The option is disabled by default, because downloading the favicons rely on your network instead of device-to-device synchronization. While your bookmarks are synced between your devices, your favorites are not. You may choose to sync favorites across devices by enabling the option.

The desktop browsers lack the above features, but they are coming soon.

Want to download the DuckDuckGo browser? Go to and click on the menu button in the top right corner, and select Mac or Windows. The Windows version is distributed through the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 (May 2020) or later.

DuckDuckGo browser has come a long way since debuting on macOS in 2022. The desktop browser supports Duck Player, which lets you watch YouTube videos. The app has a built-in ad-blocker, tracker blocker, and supports Bitwarden Password Manager (on macOS). The app doesn't support ad-blocking filter lists, so you cannot fine tune it per your requirements.

DuckDuckGo does not support extensions yet, and a Linux version of the browser does not exist. Those are the only things that may deter users from switching to it.

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  1. Herman Cost said on February 18, 2024 at 12:09 am

    When DuckDuckGo stopped blocking trackers from Microsoft-owned platforms (including Bing and LinkedIn), due to a partnership (e.g., Microsoft paid them) they decided not to inform their users about, they became dead to me. Fool me once….

  2. Anonymous said on February 17, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve been using the DuckDuckGo browser on Android almost since its inception, and it’s my go-to browser for all daily needs, except for when I need to do sth work-related, for which I use Fennec which is in sync with my Desktop.
    It just works for me – most sites I visit are forgotten instantly, cookies and all, once I close the browser, and while cookie banners are an annoyance, the browser has gotten better of just closing them by itself, and for the two sites where I have an active login, I can fireproof it with just the press of a button.
    I might just give the Desktop version a go now, although I don’t expect to switch completely from the comfort of my extension-customized Firefox, especially now that Fennec is catching up in that regard. Still, if it works, it works.
    Great job from the devs.

  3. Anonymous said on February 17, 2024 at 11:30 am

    Imagine trusting DDG with your passwords and bookmarks. They’ve proven themselves pretty untrustworthy over time so you have to be pretty ignorant of privacy matters – even Brave’s better despite their history of link modification.
    DDG started out promising back in the day but nowadays it’s worse than mediocre – I suggest using the various tiny search engines like searx and whatever else exists out there, the quality is actually better even though it doesn’t quite measure to peak Google.

    1. Guest said on February 21, 2024 at 2:30 pm

      Brave is far, far worse.

    2. Tachy said on February 17, 2024 at 7:04 pm

      Imagine trusting someone when you don’t even know who it is your trusting.

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