How search predictions work on Google

When you start a search on Google, you can quickly find info with search predictions. Search predictions are possible search terms related to what you’re looking for and what other people have already searched for. 

Google makes search predictions based on factors, like popularity or similarity. When you choose a prediction, you do a search using the term you selected.

Important: You can’t turn off search predictions. Search predictions are built into Google Search to help you find information faster and easier. You can always choose not to click on a suggestion from search predictions.

Where search predictions come from

  • Search terms you type.
  • Relevant searches you’ve done in the past, if you’re signed in to your Google Account and have Web & App Activity turned on. Learn how to delete your activity, including past searches.
  • Personal results are used if you’re signed in to your Google Account and have Personal results turned on.
  • What other people are searching for, including trending searches. Trending searches are popular topics in your area that change during the day and aren’t related to your search history. To get current trending searches, go to Google Trends.

Search predictions aren’t the answer to your search. They also aren’t statements by other people or Google about your search terms.

How search predictions are made

Search predictions are generated by an algorithm automatically without human involvement. The algorithm is:

  • Based on several factors, like how often others have searched for a term.
  • Made to show the range of information on the web. You might get predictions related to many popular topics.
Why you might not see search predictions

If no predictions appear for a search term, the algorithm might have detected that:

  • The search term isn't popular.
  • The search term is too new. You might need to wait a few days or weeks to see predictions.
  • An insulting or sensitive term was associated with a name and a rule was applied.
  • The search term violates Google’s policies. Learn more about autocomplete policies.

Turn off Personal results

If you’re signed in to your Google Account and have Personal results turned on, you might also get personalized predictions and recommendations in Google Search. If you don’t want to get these predictions and recommendations, turn off Personal results.

Important: When Personal results are off, you won't get personalized predictions or recommendations in Google Search based on your past searches. If you have Web & App Activity on, your Search history is saved in your Google Account and used to give you more personalized experiences in other Google services. Learn how to see & control your Web & App Activity.

Turn off trending searches

If you don’t want to see trending searches, you can change your settings.

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More and then Settings and then General.
  3. Turn off Autocomplete with trending searches.

Turn off trending search from a mobile browser

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open a browser like Chrome Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Go to
  3. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  4. Under "Autocomplete with trending searches," select Do not show popular searches.

Report a prediction

While we do our best to prevent inappropriate predictions, we don’t always get it right. If you think a prediction violates one of the autocomplete policies, you can report it:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, go to or open the Google app Google Search.
  2. In the search bar, start typing a search.
  3. Predictions will appear below the search bar. Long-press a prediction.
  4. Tap Report this.

We’ll analyze your feedback, but we don’t automatically remove reported predictions.

I have a legal issue with the prediction

To request removal of content you think is unlawful, fill out this form.

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