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How to remove the Google Search bar from your Android homescreen

Google doesn't make Android freely available out of the goodness of its heart. Although it's true that any developer can make use of the platform, Google has an ulterior motive: keep as many people using its services as possible. There’s no better illustration of this than the omnipresent Google Search bar on every Android home screen. For those who don't like it, here’s how to remove the Google Search bar.

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The search bar is there because Google really wants you to use Google Now (pictured). / © Google, ANDROIDPIT

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

It’s partly because Google wants you to use Google Search, but it’s also because of Google Now. Google wants you to use this service as much as possible. Taking the Google Search bar and its microphone button off the home screen would likely affect that.

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

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

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

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 homescreen 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. 

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 homescreen.
  • 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 homescreens.
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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 homescreen 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 handsome custom launcher such as Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher. These can completely customize Android to look and work the way you want it to.

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: 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.

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

Have you removed Google Search from your home screen? Did the process cause problems on your Nexus, or was it smooth on your Samsung? Share your experience in the comments!

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  • Li Ann 1 month 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 2 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??

  • Need Google top white bar removed on moto e phone

  • I don't think this works on the current Nexus phones.

  • ok

  • Hilko R. 7 months ago Link to comment

    I like the Google Now launcher a lot, but the search bar at the top of my screen is useless, I always fire up Chrome if I want to do anyting. And I dont enjoy talking to my phone anyway, so for me this thing is utterly useless and takes space on my homescreen I want back. Really annoying it cannot just be turned off.

  • I don't usually use the bar, I think it's a little bored.

  • sam pack 7 months ago Link to comment

    not that easy on a one plus x.

  • Gettin rid of the solid white search bar that arrived with Lollipop was probly no.1 reason for using Nova launcher...
    Nova does the job nicely, along with removing the notification bar and getting transparent nav bar...
    funny thing is I use Google Now and search etc just about every time I use my device,
    but I also like having what I like on my homescreen....

  • Rideau 7 months ago Link to comment

    For old Sony devices (4.3) we can hide the bar as another widget.

  • To reinstall just go to disabled apps under application manager and find it there. it works on Samsung devices anyway

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    anshul 7 months ago Link to comment

    Whats should be done if you are using Google Now Launcher on Lollipop (without rooting).

    • Alex R. 7 months ago Link to comment

      use Nova Launcher Prime ...It has all premium features including google now features and you can remove the google search from the screen have been using nova launcher prime for an year now..

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        anshul 7 months ago Link to comment

        Thank you Alex for the help but I was curious that how can I remove this on Google Now. May be it is not possible because Google Now is designed in such a way that search bar has to remain on the screen.

      • Alex R. 7 months ago Link to comment

        :)

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