Brave vs. DuckDuckGo: Which Is the Best Privacy Browser for Android?


Google Chrome as the default web browser on your Android phone is good enough, but there are several better options when it comes to privacy-focused browsers.

Brave is a Chrome alternative well-known for its privacy-focused features. And DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is an increasingly popular choice among Android users, as per Google Play Store trends.

So is DuckDuckGo a better privacy-centric browser for Android? Should you try Brave instead? What is the difference? Here, we shall highlight the significant differences to help you decide the best private browser for your Android phone.

User Interface

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While both the mobile browsers are based on Chromium—the same as Google Chrome—there are significant differences when it comes to the user interface and the overall user experience (UX).

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser offers a user interface that more closely resembles Chrome. It is simple, easy to navigate, and any user should feel right at home when using it.

It prompts you with the information needed (via a tour) when you start using the browser for the first time. The first-time explanation of features is an excellent way to make users aware of the browser's abilities. However, DuckDuckGo might prove to be too minimal, especially for users looking for a rich user interface.

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On the other hand, Brave provides a customized user interface that contributes to a unique user experience compared to Google Chrome on Android. By default, it features a bottom toolbar to access menus and options. You can disable the toolbar by adjusting the appearance settings and some more customization options.

If you want a simple mobile browser with no distractions, DuckDuckGo is a good option. But, if you want more control and customization of the user interface and UX, Brave gets the edge.

Features for Privacy

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DuckDuckGo highlights the ability to remove all your history and browsing activity data in a single click as its key feature. The feature is a "fire button" that clears all tabs and data in one tap. You can also set the data to be erased automatically when you exit the browser or if you leave it inactive for a while.

Even though it is a convenient feature to remove traces of your browsing activity for your privacy, it could be a hassle for day-to-day browsing activities. For instance, you might need the browsing history for quick access.

Fortunately, to get around it, DuckDuckGo lets you add "fireproof" sites, which can be added as exceptions when you use the fire button to clear all data.

DuckDuckGo also comes with a privacy protection feature enabled by default. It helps get rid of all the trackers when you visit a website and provides a score for the website to estimate how privacy-friendly the site is.

While all this may sound like a lot, DuckDuckGo offers a simplified user experience along with all these features.

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Brave also offers plenty of privacy-focused features to manage browsing data efficiently and have a private web experience.

For instance, you can choose to automatically delete your browsing data when you exit the browser. It also blocks trackers out-of-the-box and lets you customize the tracking protection behavior if you want more aggressive protection, or would prefer to minimize it.

However, there is no equivalent to the fire button to make it easy to delete the browsing data while you use the browser. If you need the one-click-delete-all button, DuckDuckGo’s browser can be a better choice.

With that being said, there are some advanced options like allowing or disabling embedded posts from Twitter and LinkedIn, Facebook and Google login buttons, and the ability to use a secure DNS with Brave.

If you want advanced privacy-centric options, Brave is an obvious choice.

Sync Support

DuckDuckGo is useful only if you stick to your mobile and do not want the convenience of syncing browsing data between your phone and desktop. DuckDuckGo’s browser is not yet available for other platforms, so you may have to manually transfer browsing data if you need.

On the other hand, Brave is available for desktop, making it possible to easily sync your data from your smartphone to your PC or vice versa.

Brave features a secure way of syncing data between multiple devices using an authentication code or QR code, unlike any traditional cloud-based sync system.

Extra Features

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In addition to all this, DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser provides two unique features, still in beta at the time of writing this. One of them is Email Protection, and the other is App Tracking Protection.

With email protection, you can hide your real email address and use an email alias to get emails or subscribe to newsletters. Note that it is limited to a group of selected users, and you could end up on a waitlist.

App Tracking Protection is an impressive feature that works across the entire device to prevent trackers from apps. It is similar to when you use the NextDNS service on Android.

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Brave provides a "Rewards" system, which turns on privacy-friendly ads to earn you tokens while you browse. You can then use these tokens to contribute to your favorite websites.

It also supports IPFS, a peer-to-peer protocol to easily share resources without any government intervention. This should help you fight back against censorship of essential resources. Not to forget, Brave features its own search engine as the default choice.

Brave Search is a relatively new search engine that aims to compete with Google as a privacy-focused solution.

Brave vs. DuckDuckGo: What Is the Best Privacy Browser?

If you want a set of features to enhance your privacy while browsing the web, Brave should be a good pick. But, if you want a no-nonsense mobile browser for a private browsing session out-of-the-box, DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser would be a perfect choice.

The extra features offered are a separate matter to consider; both provide you unique features on top of a private web browsing experience. Do you want Brave Rewards? Or, do you want a built-in email and app protection feature? Decide what you need, then the answer to the best privacy browser should become clear.


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