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How to Search Google Using Your Handwriting

Saikat Basu 04-05-2018

Do you type faster than you write? You can put your handwriting and typing speed to the test with your next Google Search.


Using your handwriting to search with has existed since a 2012 update to the search engine. Let’s see how you can enable the setting and use it for your everyday searches.

How to Search Google Using Your Handwriting

The idea is to use handwriting recognition on your touch-enabled devices and make search more convenient. Handwrite for web search on mobile phones and tablets allows you to write anywhere on the screen. There is no special box or interface. Enable it from’s Settings first.

On your phone or tablet, use any browser to visit

  1. Tap Settings (usually, it is located at the foot of the page).
  2. Go to the Handwrite section.
  3. Tap and select Enable to switch on handwriting recognition. Tap Disable to switch it off.
    Handwrite in Google
  4. Swipe to the bottom of the page and tap on Save. Refresh the page to see the Handwrite icon on the lower right of the screen.
  5. Use your finger to write your search terms anywhere on the screen.

The handwritten text is converted into text in the search box. Tap the search icon to complete the search. Handwrite also supports predictive text search like any other search method on Google. Also, when you type a character that could be mistaken for another, like 0 (the number) and O (the letter), a list of options might appear at the bottom of the screen.

Handwrite might be prone to errors if you natural flow is awful. Also, a finger instead of a stylus is less than ideal for writing on the screen. But Google says that it is meant to complement rather than replace typing. You can turn to the keyboard anytime with a tap on the search box.


For other times, there’s always Google Assistant’s voice recognition 15 Ways to Voice Control Your Life With Google Assistant Say the right commands to Google Assistant, and it can make your life better in ways you've never imagined. Read More to help you out.

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  1. Anon A Mus
    May 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Is this article a delayed April Fools joke? That "handwrite" option isn't in Settings for my The video showed a address which only goes to Google search. Is this feature not available in the USA?

    • Saikat Basu
      May 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      It is available in which is the U.S. domain. You can access it from any mobile browser. I have tried Chrome, Safari, Opera Coast, and Firefox.

  2. Ginni
    May 4, 2018 at 9:19 am


  3. Ginni
    May 4, 2018 at 9:18 am


  4. SnowFlake816
    May 4, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I never knew this feature existed. Thanks for sharing. If only more inexpensive phones or tablets came with styluses...