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How to Disable Google AMP in Google Search on Android and iPhone

Abhishek Kurve 08-08-2017

AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an initiative by Google that aims to speed up the loading time of websites on mobile devices. Technically, it’s an open-source HTML framework that strips out most of the JavaScript, certain CSS styles, and other elements that may slow down the loading performance of a website.


Today, we’ll examine the pros and cons of Google AMP, and show you how to disable it. But before that, let’s see how you can distinguish AMP pages from regular ones.

To see it in action, just do a quick Google search What Is Google? How to Do an Internet Search When the world speaks a language called Google, you should learn it too. So let's see what Google is and how it can help you. Read More on your Android device or iPhone.

You can search for anything you like, but searching for something news-worthy might yield better results. For instance, here’s what the search results look like for “Donald Trump”:

google amp search donald trum

Now, you should see certain links labeled as “AMP” with a lightning bolt icon. You can tap on any such link, and you’ll notice that the website opens almost instantly.


The Benefits of Google AMP

One obvious advantage of Google AMP What Is Google AMP? How It Works and Why It's Useful for Mobile Sites Find out how Google AMP can speed things up if the mobile version of your website is slow or resource-heavy. Read More is that web pages load faster. In fact, Google claims that AMP pages can load an average of 4x faster than equivalent non-AMP pages. This can be especially useful if your Wi-Fi connection is slow or unstable How to Fix a Slow or Unstable Wi-Fi Connection Why does your internet suck? Here's how to fix an unstable internet connection by changing the settings on your Wi-Fi router. Read More .

Also, Google claims that AMP pages use up to 10x less data than equivalent non-AMP pages. So, it can help you save data 8 Useful Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage and Save Money Want to get the most out of your mobile data plan? These apps and tricks can help you squeeze out every last megabyte. Read More if you’re on a capped data connection Why Do Data Caps Exist and How Can You Bypass Them? ISP and mobile data caps are frustrating, but why do they exist? Here's how to bypass your data cap and enjoy limitless internet. Read More .

Because AMP improves load times dramatically, there’s a high possibility that it could result in improved search engine ranking on Google. So, a lot of webmasters are turning towards integrating AMP into their websites.

The Problem With Google AMP

As you can see, there’s a lot to like about AMP: faster loading times, less data consumption, improved search rankings, etc. But there’s another side to this story.


AMP presents publishers with a few downsides, like limited options for advertisements and website analytics Check Website Traffic With These 7 Top Tools Checking your website's traffic isn't hard with the right tools. Here are several of the best traffic analysis sites. Read More . It’s up to publishers to decide whether AMP should be implemented — but if they want to take advantage of any of the good parts of AMP, they have to deal with those trade-offs.

For users, AMP can appear to be poorly implemented because it messes up the original URL. If you choose to share the web page, it shares the AMP-formatted link instead of the original one.

On iOS devices, AMP seems to break a lot of functionality. It breaks iOS’s universal scroll-to-top gesture and also messes with the Find on Page feature in Safari.

Some might argue that most of these problems are fixable, and that’s true — some of them are. But there’s a fundamental problem with the concept of AMP itself. It disassociates content from its creator. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that it could kill off the independence and credibility of content creators in the long-run.


How to Disable AMP in Google Search

Most users with spotty internet connection might appreciate AMP. But, there’s absolutely no reason why users with a high-speed internet should be forced to view the simplified version of a webpage. To make matters worse, Google provides no way to disable it. However, if you find the issues with AMP annoying, here are a few workarounds you can use to get around it.

1. Use Encrypted Google Search

encrypted google search

You can force Google to display regular versions of websites by using the encrypted Google search. To do so, instead of searching directly from your browser’s search bar, open and perform the search in Google’s search bar.

It might be inefficient to navigate to Google’s encrypted website every time, so it’s recommended that you set it as your default home page. This works on Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads.


2. Use DeAMPify for Android

android google search deampify app

DeAMPify is an Android app that lets you bypass AMP links so you can always load the original link. An important thing to note is that it works only when you perform a search using the Google search app for Android. It won’t work if you perform a search directly within Chrome. This is because it can intercept links from Google’s search app, deAMPify them, and then pass them on to Chrome.

To get started, perform a search using the Google search app and tap on any AMP-labeled link. Now, you should be prompted to choose a browser of your choice. Here, select DeAMPify and tap Always. The app works behind-the-scenes, and it should open the original link in Chrome.

The pro version of the app removes ads and unlocks features such as enabling it only on Wi-Fi and enabling it on a per-site basis. It also unlocks Tasker integration Tasker and IFTTT: The Perfect Automation Duo For Android Tasker automates anything you can think of on your Android device and IFTTT automates Web services. Used together, there's nothing you can't do. Read More so you can enhance its functionality to your liking.

Download: DeAMPify for Android (Free with ads)

3. Use DuckDuckGo’s Bang Feature

duckduckgo bang amp

Previously, we’ve covered a lot of tricks for using DuckDuckGo 8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google Google Search is king. But DuckDuckGo has earned a loyal fan following. It has a few unusual features that even Google doesn't have. Read More , but for the uninitiated, DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that, unlike Google, doesn’t track you. Using a clever workaround, you can use DuckDuckGo to search Google, and the best part is that it displays the original link for results instead of the AMP version. This method also works on Android or iOS devices.

If you’re using Chrome on your Android phone or iPhone, here’s how to set it up:

duckduckgo bang chrome mobile

  • Open in Chrome. Tap on Add DuckDuckGo to Chrome at the bottom.
  • Open Chrome Settings > Search engine and select DuckDuckGo.

If you’re using Safari on your iPhone, here’s how to set it up:

duckduckgo bang safari iphone

  • Open iPhone Settings > Safari > Search Engine and select DuckDuckGo.

Now that you’ve set DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, you can search from Chrome’s search bar. To use DuckDuckGo to display results from Google, just prefix “!g” (without the quotes) before your query.

For instance, typing in “!g Donald Trump” in Chrome’s search bar 11 Quick Tricks To Become A Chrome Omnibox Power User Do you want to become an Omnibox power user and save plenty of time and keystrokes? All you need are a few good extensions and a little knowledge of how to tweak the search settings.... Read More should automatically display results from Google’s encrypted website. The encrypted version forces Google to show regular version of websites instead of their AMP links.

Get Around Google AMP Easily

Late last year, Google said that it’s working to let users disable AMP in Google search, but there doesn’t seem to be any official kill switch yet. Meanwhile, you can use any of the above workarounds to get around Google AMP pages.

Want to ditch more Google services? Read our guide on how to run Android without Google.

And for help with Google on your computer, check out these ways to customize your Google Search results How to Customize Google Search Results (And Add Extra Features) Did you know that you can change both the look and the functionality of Google's search results? Download these extensions today. Read More .

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  1. Anthony
    July 3, 2020 at 11:58 am

    None of these solutions work anymore, it's so annoying to share links.

  2. TJ
    September 3, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    « One obvious advantage of Google AMP is that web pages load faster. »

    i haven't noticed any difference.

    « In fact, Google claims... »

    yes, gügəl claims lots of things.

    « ... that AMP pages can load an average of 4x faster than equivalent non-AMP pages. This can be especially useful if your Wi-Fi connection is slow or unstable.

    « well, actually, if my wi-fi connection is slow or unstable, android (i.e., gügəl) disconnects it: "Avoided poor internet connection." so we see, more gügəl making decisions for users without permission, without recourse.

    « Also, Google claims... »


    « ... that AMP pages use up to 10x less data than equivalent non-AMP pages. So, it can help you save data if you’re on a capped data connection. »

    um, but i'm on wi-fi.

    « As you can see, there’s a lot to like about AMP... »

    you write 3 paragraphs, all about the same thing (and one that doesn't involve me, the user at all), and there's "a lot to like"??

    « For users, AMP can appear to be poorly implemented because it messes up the original URL. If you choose to share the web page, it shares the AMP-formatted link instead of the original one. »

    of course: more traffic, more collected data for gügəl.

    « On iOS devices, AMP seems to break a lot of functionality. It breaks iOS’s universal scroll-to-top gesture and also messes with the Find on Page feature in Safari. »

    so it breaks devices of android/gügəl's primary competition. hmm...

    « But there’s a fundamental problem with the concept of AMP itself. It disassociates content from its creator. »

    and associates with whom? (hint: gügəl)

    does intellectual property theft qualify as 'evil'? that seems to be the consensus of the internet, at least for us end users or file-sharing sites.

  3. TJ
    September 3, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    donald trump, news-worthy??

  4. Dave861
    August 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    here a new working solution for disable AMP on android's chrome (root and no-root metod):

  5. Nocturnal
    July 13, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Try using Kiwi Browser for Android!

  6. sumant
    June 6, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Instead of using chrome in android try using Firefox, I have seen the AMP pages are reduced drastically.

  7. Crink
    April 15, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Amp has been seriously annoying to me, and the inability to disable it is infuriating. The only fix that works for me is duck duck go (although I have to use desktop version to find the option to use it as default). After one search, I'm switching completely. And it's exactly the same reason I switched from Bing to Google years ago.

  8. Werlious
    April 15, 2019 at 7:22 am

    If you refer to Google's page on AMP, they say that when an amp webpage loads, Google and the publisher get shared data from the session. So it seems they slipped this in to our devices to farm more data to sell. Sounds about right for Google.

  9. Aryn
    March 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I absolutely hate that Google just slipped this nasty spice into the tea of my online browsing. I didn't know about the feature, but now that I do, I hate it. I'm moving to DuckDuckGo. I don't care about the data-saving promise, if my personal privacy is exchanged. I can disable every feature they can myself, if I'm so desperate to save stupid data. I'm sick of people selling my information! It really makes me upset that they sell everything to marketers. Disgusting.

  10. Charley
    March 17, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I am long sighted, can see small text on my phone and usually rely on reader view on news sites to be able to see and read the content. AMP results turn off the one click access to reader view. Fundamentally I believe this is Google discriminating long sighted users accessibility to their results. By not having a kill switch we’re forced to view pages how google thinks we should view them and every time I have to paste the real link back into safari.
    Sorry it out google surely AMP would be even better if there was a 1 click to reader view. ?

  11. Hugy
    February 18, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I hate amp its very slow, it doesnt work. I have to customise links by hand

  12. Rammo
    February 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Terrible idea. Tempted to stop using Chrime on iOS.

  13. Bierten
    December 20, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Or, you can use Firefox (mobile version) to search. I noticed that the results show the address without the AMP-crap!

  14. Cpt Obvious
    November 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The first and third method no longer work. Google's encrypted site no longer exists. It just redirects to Google's main site. I don't know about method 2, since I don't have an Android.

  15. Anon
    November 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    AMP pages often don’t load at all for me. I have to go back and open then a second time. This technology is terrible.

  16. Stevo
    October 19, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Or you know, enable "desktop site" on the Google search page...

  17. Debbie
    September 1, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I hate google amp. It prevents login for some sights. This stupid google feature will stop me from using as many google apps as possible

  18. Jonatas
    May 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    That's google's trademark: Make something nobody asked for, implement it without anybody's conscent and launch it without a kill swtich. Ah google, only your marketshare saves you.

  19. fu
    April 27, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Amp is the greatest bullshit I've ever seen and a reason why I'm now using Bing more often. I want the websites in full, not mutilated by google.

  20. Char
    April 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Stupidest idea. They say it's just a matter of 2 clicks. If I wanted to waste time on 2 additional steps for the numerous sites I visit and want to share or read comments, etc., I'd have asked for it. I can't understand why we have to pay so much for a phone, just to not have options to customize it how we want. And apparently Google isn't interested in what the consumers want when there's been complaints since it's inception, yet nothing's changed. Companies like Google and Facebook just wanna be big brother.

  21. pigletbunny
    April 6, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I hate, Hate, HATE Google AMP!!! On my iPhone, I frequently: “clip” websites, into Evernote and/or OneNote; forward sites through iMessage and email; and copy and paste URLs into facebook posts. (I don’t like facebook’s iOS app.) AMP’s existence means that I have to go through 2 extra steps (touch the link symbol at the top of the window, then touch the REAL website address). It’s VERY annoying, especially because I have a cellular disease, and the 2 extra steps use up more of the very limited energy which my mitochondria produce.

    HUGE thank you for this article, though; I had been perplexed as to why google search had “suddenly” started listing the best matches (to my search terms) far down its results page(s). I also have been frustrated when I’ve asked Safari to search within a webpage, and the search result box SAYS that it’s found instances of the searched-for term, but it won’t show me their locations! Thanks to your article, I now know that those annoyances/glitches are because of AMP. I now hate AMP even more ;-P

    To those looking for an alternative mobile web browser, I have found Puffin to be very useful, especially since it can be set to go to the desktop version of sites :-)

  22. Penny
    April 2, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Just went to set my home page to and there's an alert on the page saying they're disabling the site. After April 30, 2018 all traffic will be redirected to because "all Google products and most newer browsers, like Chrome, automatically use HTTPS connections." So they don't see a need for it anymore. Lame.

  23. dh
    March 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I dispise AMP! It slows me down so much from sharing with friends and family the URLs from searches. One must click the AMP version from a search, then click the actual link version and wait, then highlight and copy the link's URL. After all that, then one must tap the back button twice to start again. Too much work! Thx to the writers of this article for sharing workable solutions to BYPASS the PESKY GOOGLE AMP!

    • Mick
      March 17, 2019 at 12:32 am

      Not only more work, but more data as well, which is the opposite of what AMP was meant to do.

  24. Jean
    February 28, 2018 at 5:14 am

    I detest amp. Without it I can search fast. With it, I don't get good results and if I want to forward or send a link, others don't have amp or can't or don't want to use it. Amp is just a bully.

  25. Derek
    January 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I just used the non-AMP URL, and realised that the page content is different. You don't see the 'real' page. I am angry that I have only just become aware of this.

  26. Derek
    January 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    My hatred of Google AMP stems from the fact that you cannot expand the the text on the screen. Google should face the Monopolies Commission for this blatant action.

  27. Isabelle Sandow
    January 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Google can not roll this back. Facebook, Skype etc. all have their own browsers so they can harvest human input on the sites they visit for even more insightful marketing profiling. Google wants that data too. So what do they do? They implement a modern iframe. They can not stop this or their ad bots will have less accurate data then their competitors do. It is simply that and we should all switch to a different search for this. But since there ain't no real alternatives, we are basically screwed.

  28. Venece Grant
    January 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    The urls for Amazon & Walmart "Gift Cards" all begin with Scammers seem to be making great use of Amp. Dang.

  29. Annoyed User
    December 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Google AMP frequently annoys me because half of a website is usually missing, and when I want to use my login on that sites, I have to load the original website anyway. Which means loading again and wasting time. AMP wastes my time. Google should go back to the basics and just display links as search results.

  30. Olive3
    December 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Been fighting with it since its inception. It's making its way through all the services I use, wether it's old gnews website or even (in image search).
    This thing is cancer. A forum complain got almost a thousand replies - which is huge. Only responses are "we're making it better" or "you don't understand it's good for you".

  31. gilly
    December 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I switched to duckduckgo the week I noticed amp. besides the rest of the stated serious flaws, what I really hated was the waste of space for the x-out in its own white bar. on a smaller iphone, that's too much missing screen, and I always want to click the x and the page closes. it is literally the worst thing google's done. I miss google and look forward to the ability to opt out, but I won't be back until it's possible to ditch amp.

    • Shauna Tate
      December 17, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Are you running into the issue of disabled comments when using an Amp link?

  32. Neesu
    November 24, 2017 at 4:09 am

    FYI, encrypted google website can also be used as default search engine in chrome, just like duckduckgo.

  33. Ordner Emanuel Jr
    November 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    amp loads slower for me and sometimes not at all i have to go back and click the original link again 4 out of five times

  34. Chris
    October 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

    If you're like me and prefer the creators site over the Bastardized Google Version, AMP uses more data and increases time.

    Click an AMP story then click the grey link bar to get to the actual site, not the google bastardized version. Increased time and data usage.

    What smartphone with even a limited 3G signal needs AMP? AMP is nothing but a solution in search of a problem.

  35. Rachel Anderson
    September 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Amp is the stupidest program ever imagined in the history of the Internet It makes bundled real player look like a good idea. Google obviously doesn’t want customers anymore since I’ve now been forced to switch to Bing which I hate But at least bing isn’t hijacking my URLs.

  36. czjacobs
    August 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    You left out a very important reason to dislike AMP: AMP articles may not be from the original publication or the most authoritatve source. AMP prioritizes adopters of AMP technology and popularity, downgrading primary, authoritative sources in the process.

    • Abhishek Kurve
      August 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Nice point. I sincerely hope Google makes it optional for visitors instead of forcing it on them.

      • Shauna Tate
        December 17, 2017 at 4:34 am

        Another issue I'm running into is Amp disables the visibility of comments on many news websites. Orlando Sentinel is one that comes to mind.

        • Mike
          February 11, 2018 at 8:54 am

          Yes, this drives me crazy and is why I am reading this article.