Here’s how to turn off Google Search suggestions in on your phone or PC

The idea behind suggestions when searching for something on Google is to make things easier. Google is all about predicting what you need, but even all that data and advanced algorithms can get things wrong. We can’t dismiss the fact that Google is, after all, an ad-focused company. So, many users prefer suggestions to stick to local history and bookmarks instead of allowing Google to autocomplete search queries based on trends. Luckily, you can easily turn off Google suggestions on all platforms and we explain how below.

Table of contents:

  1. Disable Google Search suggestions in Chrome and Google app for Android
  2. Disable Google Search suggestions in Safari for iOS
  3. Turn off Google Search suggestions in Chrome on desktop

How to disable Google Search suggestions on Android, iOS, and PCs

1. Disable Google Search suggestions in Chrome and Google app for Android

There’s no platform that will “encourage” you to default to Google’s services as much as Android. Nothing out of order considering Google’s involvement with Android OS. So, unless you decide to switch to an alternative browser and use an alternative search engine (like DuckDuckGo or Yahoo, for example), you are probably using Google Chrome and the Google app to search the interweb.

If you dislike the Google Search suggestions in Google Chrome for Android, here’s how to disable them:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Tap on the 3-dots menu at the top right corner and open Settings.
  3. Open Google services.
  4. Disable the Autocomplete searches and URLs option.turn off google search suggestions

And this is how to disable suggestions and Popular results in the Google app:

  1. Open the Google app.
  2. Tap on your Profile/Account image at the top right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Open Personal results and disable the Show personal results option.turn off google search suggestions
  5. Get back and open General.
  6. Disable Recent pages and Autocomplete with trending searches option.
  7. Now, open Autocomplete with on-device data and uncheck all boxes.

2. Disable Google Search suggestions in Safari on iOS

The procedure is the same if you want to disable Google Search results in Chrome and the Google app for iOS. There are some minor changes but, following the Android steps, you should have an easy time.

To turn off Google Search suggestions in Safari is a bit different than in Chrome, obviously. Here’s what you need to do if Google is your default search engine in Safari:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open Safari.
  3. Disable Search Engine Suggestions and, optionally, disable Safari Suggestions.turn off google search suggestions
  4. After that, open Safari and then google.com.
  5. Tap on the hamburger menu (3 vertical lines in the top left corner) and open Settings.
  6. Swipe down and switch from Show popular searches to Do not show popular searches.
  7. Tap Save at the bottom.turn off google search suggestions

3. Turn off Google Search suggestions in Chrome on desktop

Disabling suggestions in Chrome on the desktop is essentially the same as doing it on Chrome for Android or iOS. You just need to go to Settings and disable the Autocomplete searches and URLs in the Google services settings.

Here’s how to turn off suggestions in Chrome on desktop:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dots menu in the top right corner.
  3. Click on Sync and Google services.
  4. Disable the Autocomplete searches and URLs option.
  5. If you still see results, press Ctrl + Shift  + Delete and delete all browsing data.

You can also disable popular searches in Google Search Settings (from google.com), as explained in the Safari step.

For the History and Bookmarks-based suggestions, you can’t do much. There are some extensions that will block Omnibox (Address bar) from showing results but you can always clear your browsing history regularly without the need to worry about these.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Mat
Mat
May 23, 2022 10:43 am

Your instructions for android google app doesn’t work. All those steps were followed and double checked and the suggested searches are still there.