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How to remove the Google Search bar from your Android homescreen

Google has the incentive to keep users locked into their ecosystem. So, to encourage people to user their services, they put them left, right and center. That's why the Google Search bar is sitting there, taking up space on the home screen of every brand new Android device. If you don't use the Search bar and its just taking up room, here's how you can get rid of it.

Why Google doesn’t want you to remove the Google Search bar

Google wants its Google Now service to be successful. So, they've put the little microphone icon on their Search bar with the hope that you'll use it thanks to its convenient placement. If they made it easy to take the Google Search bar and its microphone button off the home screen, it would affect the success of their product.

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The search bar is there because Google really wants you to use Google Now. / © AndroidPIT

Why would you want to remove the Google Search bar anyway?

The most common reason is on-screen real estate: that bar takes up space that could be put to better use by displaying app icons or more of your Nyan Cat wallpaper.

How to remove the Google Search bar 

Removing the Google Search bar isn't difficult, but the process differs from device to device. On Samsung and LG handsets, for example, you just remove it like you would any other home screen widget. On Sony Xperia handsets, however, this process won't work.

Below are a couple of examples of how to do it. All devices should follow fairly similar steps, so try the first example, and if it doesn't work, move on to the next.

Samsung handsets

  • Tap and hold on the Google Search bar.
  • Drag it to the trash/remove icon at the top of the screen.
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Just drag the Google Search bar to the trash if you're using a Samsung device. / © AndroidPIT

To retrieve the Search bar:

  • Tap and hold an empty space on the home screen.
  • Tap Widgets in the menu that appears.
  • Navigate to Google App folder and tap it.
  • Drag and drop the search bar from inside the folder to suitable space on one of your home screens.
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To bring it back, find the Search bar in your Google widgets. / © AndroidPIT

Sony handsets

  • Tap and hold the Google Search bar. A new menu will appear.
  • At the top of the screen will be the Google Search bar, and on the right side it will say Hide. Tap Hide.   
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Pinch your home screen then tap Hide at the top right of the screen. / © AndroidPIT
  • Tap your home button or return key. 
  • The Google Search bar should now be hidden. 
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See? No Google Search bar. / © AndroidPIT

If you want to get the Google Search bar back once you’ve removed it, simply reverse the above steps and hey presto!

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 Apex Launcher. 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.

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

Third party custom launchers are brilliant things, and Nova and Apex 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.

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How to remove the Google Search bar by rooting your Android device

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.

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

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 problems on your Nexus, or perhaps was it smooth on your Samsung? Share your experience in the comments!

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  • Pfff can not get rid of it on CAT S60 :S

  • Listen. Click on an empty space and hold it... you'll see the third option is settings. Unclick the show Google tool bar on home screen. Boom. You're all welcome

  • Burcet 1 week ago Link to comment

    This is usually the first thing I do after setting up my android for the first time.

  • You need a new launcher from play store to remove it. It clearly says this in article!

  • For ZTE
    To Disable:Go to Settings->Apps->You will see on top sections Running bla bla swipe left and go to All,and then find Google Search tap it and you will se right of Force Stop a Disable,then tap on disable.

    To Enable:
    Go same way but your Google Search will be now down down down just swipe up...tap it and Enable.

    • No you click and hold on an empty space then click on settings and unclick the show Google tool bar wanker

  • Li Ann 3 months ago Link to comment

    I rooted my phone and uninstalled Google search bar and now I can't open my apps menu, or even Install apps. :( I hard reset my phone thinking this will help me but I was wrong now I don't know what to do!!!

  • Lori M 3 months ago Link to comment

    I have a ZTE Max Plus android smartphone and I am not able to remove the google search bar at the top of the home page. I didn't see any suggestions for the ZTE Max Plus so any suggestions will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Nothing works to remove bar on my Moto S phone. There is nothing in google settings. I am glad someone else said they dont like talking to their phone. I would actually like to remove All together google embedded apps on my phone for my own reasons. I would probably be able to do it with rerooting but I hate getting used to a new look and feel .or whatever.

  • How can I do this on a Motorola Droid Turbo 2??

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