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How to remove the Google Search bar from any Android homescreen

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The Google Search bar is an unavoidable feature when setting up a new phone. Although convenient, its main objective is clear: Keep us tied into Google's ecosystem—and of course, feed its algorithms. If you want to take back its space on your Android phone home screen, there are a couple of ways to get rid of the search bar, depending on your phone.

Why remove the Google Search bar?

If you don't use the search bar, it takes precious space that you could otherwise use for more shortcuts or widgets. Especially now that many phones are set to launch Google Assistant automatically from the power button, the search bar is getting increasingly redundant, yet it is still enforced by Google on Android phones from all brands.

Even if you don't have many icons or widgets on the home screen, removing the search bar can help you appreciate your wallpapers, and as a bonus side effect, removing the search bar avoids unintentional commands.

How to remove the Google Search bar with simple gestures

Remove the Google Search bar on Stock Android

Removing the Google Search bar on stock Android isn't possible on Google's own Pixel devices and on most modern smartphones using a stock ROM, like the Sony Xperia models, using the default Pixel Launcher. On other devices running stock Android 10 and above, long-press the widget, drag it to the area where it says Remove, and drop it.

On Pixel phones, the Google Search bar can only be removed by using a custom ROM, or an alternative launcher app, such as Nova

Let's now check out how to remove the Google Search widget on devices made by other brands and running other Android skins

Remove the Google Search bar on Samsung devices

  1. Long press the Google Search bar.
  2. Select Remove from the popup menu.
Screenshots displaying how to remove the Google Search Bar on OneUI
The screenshot above shows the One UI 6 system, but the steps should be similar in older versions. / © nextpit

To retrieve the Search bar on Samsung

  1. Tap and hold an empty space on the home screen.
  2. Tap Widgets in the menu that appears.
  3. Click on the Google app.
  4. Drag and drop the Search bar from inside the folder to a suitable space on one of your home screens.

Xiaomi MIUI and HyperOS phones

  1. Long press the Google Search bar.
  2. Tap on Remove.
Screenshots displaying how to remove the Google Search Bar on MIUI
A little less cluttered MIUI home screen. / © nextpit

Remove the Google search bar on OnePlus' OxygenOS

  1. Long press the search bar.
  2. Choose Remove widget.
  3. Confirm by tapping on REMOVE WIDGET.
Screenshots displaying how to remove the Google Search Bar on OxygenOS
OxygenOS requires an extra tap to remove the Google Search bar. / © nextpit

Motorola smartphones

  1. Tap and hold the Google Search bar.
  2. Drag the widget to the Remove button.
Screenshots displaying how to remove the Google Search Bar on MotoUX
Motorola's MotoUX interface deviates from the Pixel Launcher fixed search bar. / © nextpit

Remove the Google Search widget from Huawei and Honor phones

On EMUI or MagicUI phones, the steps are pretty much the same as the ones above:

  1. Long press the Google Search bar.
  2. Choose Remove.
  3. Confirm by tapping on REMOVE.
Screenshots displaying how to remove the Google Search Bar on EMUI and MagicUI
Honor teaches you how to revert the very step you are trying to take. / © nextpit

User suggestions

There's more than one way to solve a problem like Google Search, and our readers have chimed in with a few helpful techniques in the comments section. We've now included them in the main section of the article for your convenience.

Disable the Google App

On older Android versions before Android 10, Danielle Furry recommends disabling the Google app in settings. Here's how it works:

  1. Open Settings, then open Apps.  
  2. In the All apps list, find Google app, or just Google, tap it, and select Disable.
  3. Reboot your phone and the Search bar should be gone!

This trick, however, no longer works on devices running Android 10 and above. Be warned, however, that Google Assistant and voice search depend on the Google app, so disabling the Google app will also negatively affect dependent services such as Google Home, Google Lens, and Google's notifications about weather and transport, for example.

Check your settings

Courtesy of Kenneth Cyr, here's a simple method that could work for many:

  1. Press on an empty space on your home screen.
  2. Several options should pop up, including Settings. Select it.
  3. Disable Show Google toolbar on home screen or similar.

How to remove the Google Search bar with a custom launcher

Another simple way to get rid of the Google Search bar is to simply find yourself a custom launcher, such as Nova Launcher or Lawnchair. These can completely customize your Android device to look and work the way you want it to, and you can even get some launchers for free.

Custom launcher
A custom launcher such as Apex (pictured) can make the Search Bar disappear. / © nextpit

Third-party custom launchers are brilliant things, and Nova and Lawn aren’t the only ones out there. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best Android launchers available, and we’re pretty sure at least one of them will excite and delight you.

It should be noted that installing a custom launcher is the only way to get rid of the Google Search bar on Google's own Pixel phones and other brands that use a stock Android launcher.

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How to remove the Google Search bar by rooting your phone

This won’t come as a surprise to those of you who have heard of this process. If you root your phone, you can remove the Google Search bar. If you don’t already know about rooting, it’s when you grant yourself complete control over your phone–at the "root" level.

A rooted Android is almost infinitely customizable, and once you’ve rooted your device, almost any custom ROM will let you uninstall the Google Search app. We've written a complete guide to rooting, which will tell you not just how to do it, but how to do it as safely as possible.

Android custom ROM
Using a custom ROM is a more drastic way to remove Google Search. / © nextpit

Worried that rooting will void the warranty on your device? Don’t be: we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to root your Android device without voiding the warranty.

Have you removed Google Search from your home screen? Did the process cause any issues on your phone? Share your experience in the comments!


Article updated in February 14th to clarify how to remove the search bar on Pixel smartphones.

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Having written about technology since 2008 for a number of websites in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and Germany, I specialize in the mobile ecosystem, including various models, components, and apps. I tend to not only value performance and specifications, but also things like repairability, durability, and manufacturer support. I tend to prioritize the end-user's point of view whenever possible.

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  • Anand Mahindrakar 1
    Anand Mahindrakar Apr 24, 2022 Link to comment

    As suggested, I have disabled Google app and restarted Android 8.1 phone, but there is white rectangular strip on home screen. Please guide further.


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    bill m May 28, 2021 Link to comment

    You should have mentioned that the search bar size can be shortened . I made mine smaller to free up space for other icons. Also, it can always be moved to another screen.


  • 1
    Peyton Mar 6, 2021 Link to comment

    I couldn't remove the google search bar from my Pie version tablet with the suggestions here.

    However, the Nova Launcher was so intuitive that it pretty much pulled me through removing Google search bar and letting me put my default browser and search engine on the home page in a widget that took up half the space. I rooted a device years ago for stuff like this but I'm much more comfortable fixing minor irritants with this type of solution. Thanks for the suggestion!


  • 1
    Gorj Oct 30, 2019 Link to comment

    I removed the Google search from my Android 8.1 BLU, BUT the box is still there. Can not seem to remove it. Any suggestions? Thanks


    • Anand Mahindrakar 1
      Anand Mahindrakar Apr 24, 2022 Link to comment

      Same here. Please advise if you have removed d box...


  • 1
    gaddy00 Oct 6, 2019 Link to comment

    Nova launcher


  • 1
    H8Pie May 27, 2019 Link to comment

    Just figured out that if you have an international version of a phone running Pie you do not have the stupid search bar jammed in the most inconvenient location on your screen. Sounds like the US needs to follow the EU and hit Google with a multi billion dollar fine for being tools. What I am most amazed by is that there doesn't seem to be any press coverage on this. I am coming to the Pie game very late and I am really surprised that no tech reporter has picked up on this, then again Google could just be suppressing the search results. Time to go flame some supposed tech reporters.


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    HippyTed Apr 2, 2019 Link to comment

    Alas, I've not been able to remove it on a Nokia 8.1 under Pie. I havn't got as far as installing another launcher or rooting it yet.


  • Hermanus Wolvaardt 1
    Hermanus Wolvaardt Jan 31, 2019 Link to comment

    I just bought a CAT s41, all went well until the last update 2 nights ago, now everytime i restart its resets my font to default and changes my language to Austrian German. Damn impressed with the rest, but it is damn inconvenient to have to go after settings every time, better after i managed to translate enough German to find the fix at first.


  • 2
    Pär Eklund Jan 15, 2019 Link to comment

    Google search Bar in Android Pie cannot be disabled on any phone running "stock" Android, i.e. Pixel ; Nokia, Xiaomi A1/A2, Lenovo MOto etc. The same goes for the stupid date/weather widget at the top. The only solution is to install a 3rd party launcher.
    I agree with every comment above: Google is turning Android into IOS, forcing all users to share the same (lousy) experience. If they continue like this they will effectively ruin Android and the freedom of choice that Android users are used to. In the end it's all about promoting Google's own components for commercial reasons without any respect for the end users. I have been using stock Android phones since the beginning but now my journey ends. I will turn to OnePlus for my next phone.

    HippyTedKajol Kajol


    • 1
      Dennis Jul 10, 2020 Link to comment

      I agree and have used Nova launcher but I also have removed all shortcuts from a second or third sweep right page. The big advantage is that a photo used as wallpaper stays as you want to view it and is not spread out over multiple screens.


  • Alex Mh 2
    Alex Mh Aug 17, 2018 Link to comment

    In other words, lady, you don't know how to remove it, LOL. On my Nokia 1 this bar came up after I tapped Widgets by mistake. It is not "Google Assistant", just a regular GooSearch bar. Now I can't remove it, and it is doesn't respond to press-hold like a regular widget. Oh, btw, disabling Google App results in an empty Search Bar - it's still there, just empty, white, blank. Obviously, there are launchers, duh. Kinda awkward route - adding one app to remove another. Why writing an article when you have nothing to say?

    Mirta


    • 1
      hidrogeno5 Nov 27, 2018 Link to comment

      @Alex I rebooted my phone after disabling the Google app and the search bar was gone. Don't assume that your experience applies to everyone, sir. Oh, btw, LOL, obviously. Kinda awkward comment.


    • 1
      simk Jul 28, 2019 Link to comment

      its the same for me, i disable google app and the search still appear in home screen with blank and white


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    Cynthia Fleming Aug 2, 2018 Link to comment

    I was wondering why nothing worked for me, then at the very end it says that this won't work for Pixel 2's ... yup! However, the Microsoft Launcher removes the Google Bar ... Hallelujah! On my Home Page I just want a beautiful Wallpaper, nothing else, especially that ugly Google Bar.


    Love useful articles on how to do stuff ... thank you!


  • Albin Foro 30
    Albin Foro Aug 2, 2018 Link to comment

    I've been with disabling the Google Search app altogether since realizing it's not required except for services I don't use - the ordinary Google Search as default browser box / web page is enough. Instead of launching the app just launch the browser. (I do install Startpage, the Google-based privacy search app, but don't use its widget.)


    • 1
      JDR Aug 9, 2018 Link to comment

      So, you've not noticed any reduction in quality or disturbances in other areas of functionality?? tbh I've not noticed much difference myself, and I installed a new launcher in addition to disabling Google (see message below, I am concerned I might unintentionally be disabling other important functionality I may not be aware of)...

      Mind you, my mobile is brand new & I changed a lot of other settings to improve speed & functionality, so it's harder for me to pinpoint causative or even corollary explanations...


  • 1
    JDR Aug 1, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm concerned. The only method that works for my Blackview (Europe) is disabling Google. But WHAT ELSE IS ALSO CONNECTED TO THE GOOGLE APP THAT IS NOW ALSO DISABLED??! I feel like I'm likely disabling major functionality (care less about features) for a benign (yet annoying) problem, like I'm amputating my arm cuz I don't like my nail polish colour. Does it work? Yes, but I'd prefer 99p nail polish remover to Saw XXX.

    Personally, I just hate constantly tapping the bar & searching accidentally cuz it's right at the top of Page1 for fex sake as an integrated fixed widget


  • 2
    Keith May 23, 2018 Link to comment

    Motorola G5 Android 7. Tried all the above. Even disabling the Google app (leaves the search bar,just stops it working).The only way I found that works is to use another launcher. I think the factory one is called "launcher3". Any other ideas would be welcome.


    • Alex Mh 2
      Alex Mh Aug 17, 2018 Link to comment

      Yep. Disabling leaves an empty white bar. The author doesn't have any ideas of her own. Adding launcher app to remove another app... yeah, well... Off to "real" Android forums.

      Keith

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