Mobile search tips

Here are the most popular tips for doing Google searches on your phone or tablet.

Get the Google app
Download the Google app on Android or iOS to search and use Google Now.

Search by using your voice
Talk to your device to do things like search, create reminders, get directions, and send messages.

Handwrite your search
Use your finger to write your search term.

Search for images
Filter your results to only see images.

Manage your past searches
Check out searches you've done before, and delete any you don’t want anymore.

Update your location
When you update your location, you'll get local results, like nearby shops and gas stations..

Avoid explicit images
Turn on SafeSearch to filter explicit results from your search results.

Note: Some features might not be available for all languages and devices.

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