How to clear Google Search Bar Widget

The Google search bar on your Android homepage can make things much quicker if you search the web a lot.

Whether you’re it’s a Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy phone, it’s likely integrated onto your Android device.

This usually wouldn’t be a massive problem, but not everyone wants a giant search bar taking up half of their home screen.

This can be extremely annoying – fortunately though, it’s easy enough to clear the Google Search bar widget.

Deleting the Google Search Bar Widget from Screen

The easiest way for you to remove the Google Search Bar Widget from your display is;

  1. First, start by holding down your finger on the widget for a second.
  2. Then, when the Remove option appears at the top of your display, drag the widget up.
  3. You’ll then be asked to confirm you want to Remove the Google Search bar – you can do this with the click of a button.

It’s actually extremely easy to remove Google Search Bar widgets, as they’re just like any other widget on your homepage.

On some specific Android devices (like Samsung), you may only need to hold down on the widget for the Remove option to appear.

However, the premise is typically the same across Android devices, even if the method is slightly different.

You can always add the widget back to the home screen later (just like you can add an app back to the home screen too).

Use your phone settings

Another way that you can remove the Google search bar on an Android device is to;

  1. First, head into the Settings app.
  2. Next, click into Apps.
  3. Then, scroll down on your phone until you see the All tab.
  4. You should then be able to see the Google Search or Google app there, which can be disabled.

When you disable the Google search bar, you may need to restart your device for the change to be applied.

Launchers & Rooting

There are a few other methods that you can use to get rid of the Google search bar widget that’s on your Android device home screen.

One of these is to use a Custom Launcher instead of using your standard version of Android.

You can download these from the Play store, and they’ll give you more customisation over your device.

Nova Launcher is a popular custom launcher with many users, and this will give you the option to design your homepage the way that you want it.

It gives you a lot more customisation options, including the ability to completely change your theme, and add shortcuts to the home screen of your device.

And if you like the additional level of customisation, you can also consider rooting your device too.

You can get a whole new level of customisation with a rooted device as opposed to an Android phone that hasn’t been rooted, as many cool apps are root required (rooting is basically just the Android version of jailbreaking your iPhone).

So whilst this isn’t a necessity to get rid of the Google Search Bar widget on your phone, it can be a good idea if you’re interested in getting more control over your device.


Overall, it’s no surprise that Google was to keep their Search Bar in place on the main screen for all new devices they released.

It keeps you using Google products, and as Google own Android, it makes sense that they’ll integrate it wherever they can.

Though, many of us find that eventually, this can get annoying. Fortunately, there is a way to delete the search bar from your home screen space and get rid of the widget for good.

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Edward brings years of experience in a variety of different fields including online marketing & No-code app development, and he's been investing in stocks and cryptocurrency since 2016. Outside of work you'll usually find him watching movies at the local cinema or playing games in the Apple Arcade.

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