Autocomplete

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

When you click a search prediction, you do a search using that prediction as your search term. Autocomplete predictions are possible search terms, not statements by other people or Google about the terms, and not the answer to a search that you have. To find information about a topic, check out your search results.

Why it's helpful

  • Save time searching. Choose from predictions to find information faster while typing less.
  • Spelling corrections. 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 corrected spelling, click Search instead for
  • Repeat a favorite search.  You can choose from predictions based on searches that you've done in the past if you're signed in to your Google Account and have Web & App Activity turned on.

Can I turn off Autocomplete?

No, Autocomplete is built into Google Search to help you search for information faster and easier. You can always choose not to click on the Autocomplete predictions.

About Autocomplete predictions

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. You may also see predictions from:

  • Relevant searches you’ve done in the past (if you’re signed in and have Web & App Activity 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 predictions that are shown in the drop-down list have been typed before by Google users or appear on the web.

For certain searches, Google will show separate predictions for just the last few words.

Previews of search results on mobile

When searching on your phone or tablet, you may see Autocomplete predictions that include a preview of the search result below the predicted search term. For example, if you see a prediction for [how tall is mount everest], you may see the height below it. To get more information, touch the prediction to complete the search.

About the Autocomplete algorithm

Autocomplete predictions are automatically generated by an algorithm without any human involvement, based on a number of objective factors, including how often past users have searched for a term.

Our algorithm automatically detects and excludes a small set of search terms. But it’s designed to reflect the diversity of our users’ searches and content on the web. So just like the web, the search terms shown may seem strange or surprising.

Report offensive predictions

If you see an offensive Autocomplete prediction, let us know. We’ll use your report to improve predictions for everyone.

Troubleshoot if you aren't seeing predictions

If no predictions appear for a particular word or topic, it could be because of one of the following reasons:

  • The search term is not popular enough. Queries that are not often searched for 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. Sometimes, 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.
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