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Get predictions in the address bar

When you type in the address bar, Google Chrome can use your search engine to help you complete the web addresses and search terms you're looking for.

Remove specific predictions

If you don't want a particular prediction from your history in the address bar on your computer, you can delete it from your computer or Android phone or tablet.

Computer
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Start typing the suggestion you want to remove.
  3. Use your keyboard down arrow to highlight the URL.
  4. Remove the suggestion:
    • Windows: Press Shift + Delete
    • Mac: Press Shift + fn + Delete
    • Chromebook: Press Alt + Shift + Backspace
Android device
  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Start typing the suggestion you want to remove.
  3. Press and hold the result.
  4. In the box that pops up, touch OK.
iPhone, iPad, & iPod
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Start typing the suggestion you want to remove.
  3. Swipe left and click Delete.

Turn off predictions

If you don't want predictions from your search engine in the address bar on your computer, you can turn them off.

Computer

The prediction service is typically turned on by default. To turn it off:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, uncheck the box next to "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar."

Remove matches from your browsing history and bookmarks

The address bar also shows matches from your browsing history and your bookmarks. Even if you turn off predictions, matches from your browsing history and your bookmarks will still appear in your search bar.

If you don't want to see this info in your predictions, clear your browsing history and delete your bookmarks.

Mobile device

The prediction service is typically turned on by default. To turn it off:

  1. Open the Google Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy.
  4. Check the box next to "Search and URL suggestions."

Remove matches from your browsing history and bookmarks

The address bar also shows matches from your browsing history and your bookmarks. Even if you turn off predictions, matches from your browsing history and your bookmarks will still appear in your search bar.

If you don't want to see this info in your predictions, clear your browsing history and delete your bookmarks.

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