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When you start a search on Google, you can find the information you’re looking for faster using search predictions. Search predictions are possible search terms you can use that are related to the terms you’re typing and what other people are searching for.

How autocomplete works

Predictions are made based on factors, like the popularity and freshness of search terms. When you choose a prediction, you do a search using the term you selected.

Where search predictions come from

  • The terms you’re typing.
  • Relevant searches you’ve done in the past (if you’re signed in to your Google Account and have Web & App Activity turned on).
  • What other people are searching for, including Trending stories Trending. Trending stories are popular topics in your area that change throughout the day. Trending stories aren’t related to your search history. To see Trending stories, go to Google Trends.

Note: Search predictions aren’t the answer to your search. They’re also not 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.
  • Designed to show the range of information on the web. You might see predictions related to a variety of 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.
  • A potentially disparaging or sensitive term was associated with a name and an automatic rule was applied.
  • The search term violates Google’s policies. Learn more about Autocomplete policies.

Change autocomplete settings

If you’re using the Google app, you can turn off Trending stories Trending.

  1. Open the Google app Google .
  2. At the top left, tap your profile picture or Settings Settings.
  3. Tap the switch to turn "Enable trending searches" off or on.

What can’t be changed

Other than Trending stories, 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 use search predictions.

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, here’s how to report it:

  1. In the search bar, below the prediction, click Report inappropriate predictions.
  2. Provide your feedback, then click Send.

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.

Katie is a Search expert and author of this help page.

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