Still unable to use DDG on mobile, two months later

jackyan jackyan
Created: 4 years and 6 months ago
Hi guys:

I’ve been having this trouble since the beta, and recorded this at the forum two months ago, but I haven’t had time to take screen shots till now.

I’m on an older phone, and it seems DDG does not work. It’s Android, and I think it might be 4.0.1. Dolphin browser is at the latest.

This is a serious enough error: nothing comes up. I cannot type anything into the search box because no keyboard appears.


This has worsened since the beta because, then, I could reload the page a few times and eventually, one time I would be able to type in the box—as long as the character was not a shifted one (so goodbye bangs and uppercase).

So, just for the privilege of using DDG, I decided I would use the standard browser that comes with Android—even though it is Google. And I hate Google. But that does not work either. The keyboard comes up all right, but the second I click in the search box, I get Google!



I’m one of those guys who dislikes Google on principle, and saw DDG as an alternative, but not if you use the default Android browser! It just sends you to Google!

My theory, and I am no technician, is that your linked fonts are causing this, because to get around this, I used to bookmark a settings’ page and type the search in from there. The typeface that appeared in the search box is the standard Droid one, and it worked fine. However, even that stopped working recently (probably because you guys redid that page).

The sad thing is that as of today, your desktop version has taken a giant step backwards, but that’s in another thread. I’m one of the biggest DDG fans out there—to the point of going to hotels and changing their default search engines—but I’m failing to see how any of these changes will make it a default choice for new users.

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Hey Jackyan,
Have you tried the lite version? I haven't really explored it on mobile but it might work better if your mobile browser isn't very advanced. Check it out at:
posted by jaryd Staff4 years and 6 months ago Link
Thank you, Jaryd. I didn’t know it existed, but I’ll have a look next time I have my cellphone on me.

It’s a shame that some of us are being cut out—it’s not exactly an ancient phone (I am sure to the tech-savvy it is, but not everyone is tech-savvy).
posted by jackyan 4 years and 6 months ago Link
Hi Jaryd:

I’ve given it a shot. It’s nice and quick to load, which is great. No options and safe search is on by default, but at least it’s not Google, and that is a good thing. Thanks again.
posted by jackyan 4 years and 6 months ago Link
There's also the html only version, which supports the safe search URL param:
posted by brians Staff4 years and 6 months ago Link
This is great, Brian, I will look this up today and see how I go. Thank you!
posted by jackyan 4 years and 6 months ago Link