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How to remove the Google Search bar from your Android homescreen
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How to remove the Google Search bar from your Android homescreen

Update: Huawei EMUI added

Google has the incentive to keep users locked into their ecosystem. 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.

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Why remove the Google Search bar?

Google wants its Assistant 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. But if you're not into it, removing the Search bar is often quite easy on most phones, if not exactly obvious.

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 snazzy wallpaper.

How to remove the Google Search bar

Removing the Google Search bar isn't difficult, but the process differs from device to device. Most of the time you just need to long press the bar itself and an option to remove or hide it will pop up.

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Often, it just takes a long press to say goodbye to the Google Seach bar. / © AndroidPIT

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.
  • A popup should then prompt you to remove it.
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Samsung has anticipated your hate for the search bar. / © 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, just check Google in your widgets. / © AndroidPIT

Sony handsets

  • Tap and hold your home screen. A new menu will appear.
  • At the top of the screen will be the Google Search bar. Tap and hold it and an option to remove will appear.
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Kick that ugly Search bar off your Sony. / © AndroidPIT
  • Tap your home button or return key. 
  • The Google Search bar should now be hidden. 

If you want to get the Google Search bar back once you’ve removed it, simply tap and hold your screen again, open Widgets from the bottom menu and select Google.

Huawei handsets

  • Go to your home screen and hold down on the Google Search widget
  • Drag the widget up to the top of the screen and over the Remove icon and text
  • It will disappear from your home screen once you release it
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Drag and ditch the Google Search widget on Huawei EMUI. / © AndroidPIT

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

Danielle Furry recommends disabling the Google app in settings, which works for a range of Android versions. Here's how it works:

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

If you disable the Google app, don't worry about breaking your phone. Apps like Google Play Services are essential for your system (unless you build your OS outside of Google's ecosystem), but your other apps will work fine without the Google app.

Do be warned however, the 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:

  • Press on an empty space in your homescreen
  • Several options should pop, including Settings. Select it.
  • Deselect "show Google tool bar 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 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.

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 and Pixel 2 phones.

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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  • H8Pie 3 weeks ago 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?


    • @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.


  • 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!


  • 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.)


    • JDR 10 months ago 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...


  • JDR 10 months ago 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


  • 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.


    • 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.


  • Hallelujah. Thankfully the 'click and hold' routine worked for me. Never did like that ugly search bar. It's an eyesore. Thanks for the tip.


  • Very good sir...Very helpful article


  • Another one of those articles written just for the sake of filling empty space.


  • Thank you, from my Blackberry Motion


  • If none of these methods work try and disable/freeze the Google app, then reboot your phone.
    Had to do this on a Blu diamond m. because there was no reaction to long press for this search bar on that devices stock rom.


  • Thank You :)


  • using nova launcher, how do you remove persistent google search bar from samsung galaxy s7..disabling google search works on galaxy's default home screen, but search bar reappears in nova launcher


  • a lot very clever n eeer some what complex ways of getting rid of the pesky search bar but the one method that's really easy n always works regardless of droid version -> enter apps <> all apps " Google app " tap it and select disable reboot phone search bar be gone and real easy if u want it back just do the reverse got a brand new phone today with android lollipop 5.1 on it and yep the disable google app still works


    • alan Dec 7, 2017 Link to comment

      which google app? i have account manager, backup transport, calendar app, contacts sync, one time init, partner set up, play games, play services, play store, services framework... but nothing that just says google app.


  • I HV Moto E3 Power .. and not able to remove Google search bar..


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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!!!


  • 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??


    • Matt Jun 30, 2016 Link to comment

      Long hold on open home screen. Select "settings" button and you will see the option to turn off Search bar.


      • Thank you!!


      • This worked! I tried everything to rid that Google search bar for 10 months and I found your advice! Thanks!!


      • THANK YOU THANK YOU this finally allowed me to turn off those infuriating trending search zig zag lines when I tapped the search bar. I spent 6 hrs til 5am last night & couldn't figure it out. Bless you sir!


      • double thank you from me!! Could not stand that google thinks it knows better than me how i want my phone set up...google is starting to smell like microsoft!


      • Matt as others have said - THANK YOU THANK YOU!! On my Motorola Droid Turbo it works to remove that damn search bar. And thats why I hate to upgrade the system.


    • Click on an empty space the 3rd option is settings click on that then you see show Google tool bar on home screen unclick that


    • I have a turbo 2. I used nova launcher


  • Need Google top white bar removed on moto e phone


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


  • ok


  • 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.


  • not that easy on a one plus x.


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    Deactivated Account Apr 26, 2016 Link to comment

    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 Apr 26, 2016 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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    Deactivated Account Apr 26, 2016 Link to comment

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


    • Alex Apr 27, 2016 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..

      Deactivated Account


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        Deactivated Account Apr 27, 2016 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 Apr 30, 2016 Link to comment

        :)


  • Hi there,

    I am writing this in Feb of 2016, so I guess some tips won't apply anymore without an update as they figured it out we want to get rid of this search bar and took steps to prevent us to do so

    I personally have nothing against Google and I use it as a main search engine anyway, however I don't like to have a search bar imposed by them - without my approval as the user - on my screen on my cellphone and/or tablet, so I want it out of my screen, until I may call for it on my own choosing

    now I wanted to disable it, following the steps described, but guess what the "google search" app is not even listed anymore, as I assumed was listed once - hence I have no way to disable it, since I can't even find it on my apps list

    so, what should I do..??... I still want it out - I am using a RCA tablet and I need that spaced cleared... hehe...

    thank you


    • Assuming you have android 6.0 , click the three-dot icon in the top right corner or on your navbar and select " show system ". There ya go.


      • Hi Fred and thank you for taking the time to answer me back...

        since I was quite eager to get rid of that search bar - again, no offense to google team, as I'm stilll using their search engine - but I need it the space that bar was covering and I don't like to have imposed on me what to use and how to use it by others, regardless if is coming from google or any other developer, so since I was feed up with it, I followed the steps in the article to install a new launcher in fact, so now I have the Nova launcher and it works great, I am happy with it, and of course the google search bar is not anymore on my screen... so I'm happy for now, thanks to Nova launcher...

        thank you all, I'll keep monitoring this site-blog as I find it quite useful...

        peace out guys


      • Thanks for the comments Gabe and DroidBro, I've updated the article now so it should be up to date with later Android versions. Thanks.


      • I did that and it's still missing. I use the ZTE as it seems very buried with this phone.


    • nova launcher


  • So I have recently purchased a nexus 6p, an I do not mind the search bar on my home screen, but it pisses me off to no end that is on every screen. In the past I have done both but is there no way other than a home screen launcher or rooting the phone?


  • Hello Gary! What's up!
    I have a Moto G 3 and can't to do this process. The disable button is "disable" (hahaha funny). How can I turn able the button disable? Thanks!!


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  • I've got a Galaxy S5 so the bar is merely a widget that i can hold and drag to the recycle bin ☺ I don't use Google Now because it drains the battery much more than it needs to. If i wanna search for something Firefox shortcut is in my notification panel so i just pull it down and launch the browser.


  • I'm fine with the bar. Love my Nexus 6.