eTools Private Search

433 reviews
Content rating
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image
Screenshot image

About this app

eTools Private Search delivers the best web results from major search engines, securely and in full privacy.

Core features:
• search the web extensively without leaving traces;
• clear and easy-to-use search interface;
• keep track of recent searches;
• check the current status of a web page anonymousely;
• extensive search configuration, for example by country, by language, etc.

What we understand by security and privacy:
• complete anonymity: no user tracking and no collection or sharing of user data whatsoever;
• search and status requests use HTTPS (SSL/TLS) with certificate pinning and PFS (perfect forward secrecy);
• app certificate validation, integrity tests, no public data (e.g. on SD-card), encryption of all private data, screenshot optionally allowed, optional root access check and much more;
• does not use a web browser component: besides the advantage of reduced data usage and a native Android user interface, possible privacy and/or security attack vectors are minimized, e.g. no problem with CVE-2014-6041 or CVE-2015-0204 (Freak Attack);
• reduced possibility of censorship by using multiple search sources (metasearch, federated search);
• both the Swiss development company Comcepta AG and its web server are located in Switzerland, which employs one of the strongest privacy protection laws worldwide.

For maximum privacy, e.g. when accessing found web pages with a web browser, we recommend to use in addition a sophisticated Tor solution, such as Orbot and Orweb.

This app is based on our metasearch engine ( that is powered by our federated search solution EnterpriseMetasearch® (

Important note on blocked queries:
From May 2024, the same restrictions will apply to this app as to the web application on
This change was unfortunately necessary after the app was also heavily abused for automated search queries.
Updated on
Mar 8, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
No data collected
Learn more about how developers declare collection

Ratings and reviews

399 reviews
Paul Edward
December 30, 2021
Love the app, and I use it quite often in addition to Whoogle and SearX but the only thing keeping me from giving it a perfect rating is the lack of the ability to filter results, i.e., by date, by image, video, etc. I'm not sure if this is wishful thinking and for some reason impossible while maintaining the meta search engine's purpose; anonymity. If so, just say the word and I'll redact my comment. Cheers on a great app all the same, Dev(s)!
34 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Comcepta AG
January 5, 2022
Hi Paul, Thanks for your feedback! There is already a substantial amount of work to keep the text search correctly working, mainly due to the abuse by data harvesters. Therefore, we do not plan to add media data in the foreseeable future. Happy New Year!
Nathan Detroit
May 26, 2021
The search is great if you can get it to work on your phone. My IP address was banned by the spamforum service they use for some reason unknown reason. I got the web version of search to work with a free VPN, but now after a day, four different VPN IPs were banned also, so I can't access the service through the website or the app. It's definitely worth trying. Good luck.
52 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Bryan Vockie
September 7, 2020
Size is extremely small and takes up very little room on your phone Android but it's great for finding whatever you need on the internet it's great app. It's especially important because the fact that it's we can no longer utilize the SD card for certain apps as we could in the past because of the current operating systems making it more difficult to utilize the space on the SD card. A great meta search tool that keeps your results private you can record your search topics but results disappear
63 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

What's new

- Supports Android 14
- Improvements and fixes