Autocomplete

As you type in the search box, you can find information quickly by seeing searches that might be similar to the one you're typing. For example, as you start to type [new york], you may see searches for other popular New York-related searches.

Why it's helpful

  • Save time searching. You can choose your predicted searches, which makes finding information faster and requires less typing. 

  • Spelling suggestions. Did you mean: Melbourne Australia? Start searching for [melborn] and Google's algorithm will show more common spellings for what you might be trying to find. To use the original version of your search instead of the suggested spelling, click Search instead for

  • Repeat a favorite search.  You can choose from predicted searches based on searches that you've done in the past if you're signed in to your Google Account and have Web History turned on.

Can I turn off Autocomplete?

No, Autocomplete is built into Google Search to help you search faster and easier.

Where the predictions come from

The search queries that you see as part of Autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of users and the content of web pages indexed by Google. In addition to these queries, you may also see predictions from:

  • Relevant searches you’ve done in the past (if you’re signed in and have Web History turned on)
  • Google+ profiles that match the name of a person you’re searching for

Apart from the Google+ profiles that may appear, all of the predicted queries that are shown in the drop-down list have been typed previously by Google users or appear on the web.

Predictions for the last few words in your search

For certain searches, Google will show separate predictions for just the last few words. Below the word that you're typing in the search box, you'll see a smaller drop-down list containing predictions based only on the last words of your search.

While each prediction shown in the drop-down list has been typed before by Google users or appears on the web, the combination of your primary text along with the completion may be unique.

How Autocomplete predictions are created

Autocomplete predictions are algorithmically determined based on a number of factors, like popularity of search terms, without any human intervention. Just like the web, the search terms shown may include silly or strange or surprising terms and phrases.

We try to reflect the diversity of content on the web, some good, some objectionable. We also have a small set of removal policies for searches for things like pornography, violence, hate speech, illegal and dangerous things, and terms that are frequently used to find content that violates copyrights.

Learn more about illegal and dangerous activities that are removed from Autocomplete

We have removal policies for predictions about activities that could result in real-world physical harm. For example:

  • Human trafficking
  • The sale of drugs, weapons, and other illegal goods and services
  • Illegal and dangerous activities, like assault and suicide

Troubleshoot if you aren't seeing predictions

If no predicted searches appear for a particular word or topic, it's likely due to one of the following reasons:

  • The search term is not popular enough. Queries that aren't popular are less likely to be useful in Autocomplete. 

  • The search term is too fresh. It can sometimes take a few days or weeks for newly popular search terms to appear consistently.

  • The search term was mistaken for a policy violation. There might be occasions where, under our policies, we try not to show a search in one language that would be perfectly fine in another language. For example, we might accidentally not show a compound word because it includes a translation of a bad word from another language.

If Autocomplete isn't working for any of your queries, try clearing your cache and cookies.