Apple Maps is only officially available on Apple devices such as iPhones and Macs. But thanks to DuckDuckGo, you can browse or get directions in Apple Maps from any platform with a browser, including Windows and Android.
DuckDuckGo uses Apple Maps
To access it, simply search for a place in DuckDuckGo and then click the Maps filter at the top of the page, as you would with any other major search engine. You can also try searching for a place name and including “map” in your search.
You can get directions this way by searching for a place, then clicking the “Directions” button and choosing between walking and driving. You can also view local businesses on a map, but for this to work, you’ll need to share your exact location using the map pin icon in the top right corner of the map.
Unfortunately, Apple Maps is not as feature rich as similar services from Google and Microsoft. As a result, information such as real-time traffic information and route descriptions for the bicycle or public transport is missing. On the bright side, business listings include TripAdvisor reviews, contact information, and hours of operation.
This stops with the full Apple Maps experience
Unfortunately, DuckDuckGo’s mapping solution doesn’t quite compare to using a dedicated Apple Maps app on a compatible device. There are no Apple-centric features like saving favorite places to your iCloud account or syncing directions to a mobile device.
While you can switch between normal map view and satellite imagery, Apple Maps’ impressive-looking 3D photogrammetry isn’t there. Also absent is the “Street Look Around” feature, which is available in some areas when using a dedicated app version of Apple Maps.
If you’re a DuckDuckGo user and are willing to trade DuckDuckGo’s privacy for Google or Bing’s superior map experience, you can use a special pony to navigate directly into Google Maps (! Maps) or Bing Maps (! Bingmaps). Search. You can also request OpenStreetMap with the! Openstreetmap scared.
Why DuckDuckGo chose Apple Maps
DuckDuckGo previously used a combination of OpenStreetMap, Bing Maps and HERE Maps, but had no dedicated solution of its own. The search engine mainly emphasizes privacy, so using a service like Google Maps (which collects data about whoever uses it) was not an option.
The lack of data collection made Apple Maps so compelling, and enabled DuckDuckGo to announce the partnership in early 2019. The search engine assured its users that:
The search engine also told its users that location data will be deleted immediately after use.
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