Google search bar
Google is always trying to keep us in their ecosystem. For example, to encourage us to use their services, equip our Android smartphone with all of them as standard.
Among all of them, there is one that I have always found a little annoying since it takes up space on the screen.
Yeah, it’s about the Google search bar. If you are one of those who does not use it, I will explain how to eliminate it once and for all.
Why Google doesn’t want us to remove the search bar
In the introduction I have given you a hint, but to get into details basically Google wants its service Google Now or Google Assistant to be successful. Hence, the search bar has a small microphone, in the hope that users will be encouraged.
Disable Google Now
Truth be told, it’s not hard to remove the Google search bar. Now, the process differs from one device to another.
On Samsung and LG phones, for example, you just have to delete it the same way you would remove a widget from the home screen. On Sony phones, however, this process will not work.
Here are a couple of examples of how to do it. In general, all devices will have quite similar steps, so I recommend you try the first example, if it doesn’t work, try the next one.
- Click and hold on the Google search bar.
- Drag the bar to the trash that appears at the top of the screen.
If you want to retrieve the search bar:
- Click and hold anywhere on the home screen.
- Go to Widgets.
- Find the Google App folder.
- There you will find the search bar and you just have to hold down on it and drag it to the home screen.
Depending on which Sony model you have, the method described above may work for you. If it doesn’t work for you, you can do the following:
- Click and hold on the Google search bar. You’ll see a new menu.
- In the new menu the word ‘Remove’ (or similar) will appear on the right side. All you have to do is click on it.
- To exit the menu, just click on the start button.
- And you’ll be able to see how the search bar has disappeared.
In order to recover the search bar you will only have to repeat the same process, but in reverse.
Use a custom launcher
A custom launcher lets you customize your home page and desktop among other things. This type of launchers apart from changing the look, provide a totally different Android experience to what we are used to.
In Google Play you can download a variety of custom launchers for Android for free. The process is very simple, for example in Nova Launcher we can configure the desktop to our liking. So we only have to look for the option to deactivate the search bar within the launcher configuration.
Rootea your Android or install a new ROM
By doing root you can get things the rest of mortals don’t have. I assume you’re aware of the risks of being a root user.
One of its advantages is that we can transform our operating system as much as we want, even change it completely for a new one.
With other Android distributions we will be able to enjoy a much better optimized system with new functions and we will also lose sight of Google’s search bar, since ROMs do not have pre-installed Google applications as standard.