Google Search bar
Google Search bar

Google has the incentive to include users in their ecosystem. That’s why the Google search bar sits there and takes up space on the home screen of every brand new Android device. If you’re not using the search bar and it’s just taking up space, here’s how to remove it.

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Why remove the google search bar?

Google wants its Assistant service to be successful. So they added the little microphone icon to their search bar in the hopes that you’ll be able to use it thanks to the convenient placement. However, if you are new to it, removing the search bar on most phones is often fairly straightforward, if not entirely obvious.

The most common reason is screen space: this bar takes up space that could be better used by showing app icons or more of your fancy wallpaper.

How to remove google search bar with simple gestures

Remove the Google search bar on Stock Android

Removing the Google search bar from Stock Android is not possible on Google’s own Pixel devices. On other Android 10+ devices, long press the widget and drag it to the area that says “Remove” and leave it.

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Often it just takes a long press and drag to say goodbye to the Google search bar. / © NextPit

Now let’s see how to remove the Google Search widget on other brands of devices that are running other Android skins

Remove the Google search bar on Samsung devices

  1. Tap and hold on the Google search bar.

  2. A popup should then ask you to remove it.

  3. The process remains the same on newer devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S21 series.
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Samsung anticipated your hatred of the search bar. / © NextPit

How to get the search baron Samsung

  1. Tap and hold an empty space on the home screen.
  2. Tap Widgets in the displayed menu.
  3. Navigate to the Google App folder and tap on it.
  4. Drag and drop the search bar from the folder to a convenient location on one of your home screens.

To bring it back just check google on your widgets. / © NextPit

Sony Phones

  1. Tap and hold your home screen. A new menu will appear.
  2. At the top of the screen is the Google search bar. Tap and hold it and you will see an option to remove it.

Throw that ugly search bar off your Sony. / © NextPit

  1. Tap your home button or the return button.
  2. The Google search bar should now be hidden.

If you want to get the Google search bar back after removing it, just tap and hold your screen again, open Widgets from the bottom menu and select Google.

Huawei phones

  1. Go to your home screen and press and hold the Google search widget.
  2. Drag the widget to the top of the screen and over the Remove Symbol and text.
  3. It will disappear from your home screen as soon as you let go of it.
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Drag and drop the Google search widget onto the Huawei EMUI. / © NextPit

User suggestions

There is more than one way to solve a problem like Google Search, and our readers got involved in the comments section with some helpful techniques. We have now included them in the main section of the article for your convenience.

Turn off the Google app

For older Android versions prior to Android 10, Danielle Furry recommends deactivating the Google app in the settings. This is how it works:

  1. to open the settings, then open Apps.
  2. By doing All apps list, find Google app, or just Google, tap it and select Disable.
  3. Restart your phone and the search bar should be gone!

However, this trick no longer works on devices running Android 10 and above. Be warned though, the Google Assistant and voice search depend on the Google app. Disabling the Google app also has a negative impact on dependent services such as Google Home, Google Lens, and Google’s weather and traffic notifications.

Check your settings

Courtesy of Kenneth Cyr, here is a simple method that might work for many:

  1. Press an empty space on your home screen.
  2. Several options should come up, including the settings. Choose it.
  3. Deactivate “Show Google toolbar on the home screen” or something similar.

How to remove the google search bar with a custom launcher

Another easy way to get rid of the Google search bar is to simply find a custom launcher like Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher. These can completely customize your Android device to look and work the way you want, and you can even get some launchers for free.

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A custom launcher like Apex (pictured) can make the search bar disappear. / © NextPit

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 that at least one of them will delight 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 the Google-owned Pixel and Pixel 2 phones.

Here’s how to remove google search bar by rooting your phone

This will come as no surprise to those of you who have heard of the process. If you root your phone, then you can remove the google search bar. If you are new to rooting, you can give yourself complete control of your phone – at the “root” level.

A rooted Android is almost infinitely customizable, and once you’ve rooted your device, almost any custom ROM can be used to uninstall the Google Search app. We’ve written a complete guide on rooting that not only tells you how to do it, but also how to make it as safe as possible.

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Using a custom ROM is a more drastic way to get rid of Google Search. / © NextPit

Are you 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 losing its warranty.

Have you removed Google search from your home screen? Did the process cause problems with the phone? Share your experiences in the comments!


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