How to Turn Off Word Prediction on Google


The word prediction feature in Google’s search engine and Chrome Web browser is designed to save you time by displaying popular searches based on the keywords you are typing. Google predicts query phrases and keywords in its search engine by using past searches you performed while logged in to your Google account as well as popular searches performed by all Internet users. In Google Chrome, the feature uses your browsing history in addition to aggregate Internet search activity to predict search terms. Both Google products have an option to disable the feature if you prefer not to see predictive search terms.

Google Search Engine

  • Click the "Sign In" button on any Google search results page.

  • Enter your Google Account login credentials in the applicable boxes and click the "Sign In" button.

  • Click the "Gear" icon and then select "Search Settings" to open the Google Search Settings page.

  • Tick the "Never Show Instant Results" check box in the Google Instant Predictions section.

  • Click the "Save" button to save the new setting, and then click the "OK" button in the confirmation pop-up box.

Google Chrome Browser

  • Open the Chrome browser and select the "Customize and Control Google Chrome" icon, styled as three horizontal lines.

  • Select "Settings" from the drop-down list to open the Settings page.

  • Select "Show Advanced Settings" and then clear the check box for the "Use a Prediction Service to Help Complete Searches ..." option.

Tips & Warnings

  • You need to clear your browsing history in Google Chrome to stop seeing predictive search terms from your past browsing history.
  • Information in this article applies to Google Chrome for Windows version 29. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the browser.

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