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When you’re conducting a search on Google, you’ll often find the search engine offering up suggestions based on what other people are searching for. While often a source of amusement, or despair at mankind as the case may be, it can also be annoying.

Chrome

On the desktop version of Chrome, go to your settings using the hamburger menu, and open up the Advanced Settings. Under the Privacy section, uncheck “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box”.

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In the mobile version of Chrome go to the app settings, by clicking on the three-dot menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Go to privacy, and make sure “Show suggestions” is turned off.

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Safari

In the desktop version of Safari go to Preferences, available in the main Safari menu or use Command + Comma if you prefer desktop shortcuts. Go to the Search tab and uncheck the “Include search engine suggestions”. (You’ll have to relaunch Safari for the settings to take effect.)

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SafariDesktop

In the mobile version of the browser, go to your iOS settings and go to your Safari settings. Make sure that “Search engine suggestions” and “Safari suggestions” are disabled.

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Firefox

With the desktop version of Firefox, go to your settings or preferences, and open the Search tab. Make sure that “Provide search engine suggestions is unchecked”.

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In the mobile version of Firefox, go to your settings by hitting the tab switcher in the top right-hand corner. You can access your Firefox settings by clicking the wheel icon. Go to the Search tab and turn off “Show search suggestions”. (Firefox is the only browser of these three that has it turned off by default.)

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Do you prefer to turn off browser search suggestions? Let us know in the comments. 

  1. fcd76218
    April 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    When I use a search engine to find information on some topic, I do not need the search engine making intrusive suggestions, trying to steer me to sites that paid the most for the their top billing. I KNOW what I am looking for, the search engine is only playing Name That Tune.

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