Search by handwriting

You can write your search terms with your finger instead of typing the words on the keyboard. As you write, your handwritten text converts into words in the search box. 

Introducing Handwrite

Turn Handwrite on or off

  1. Visit the Search settings page from your mobile device. 
  2. Go to the Handwrite section.
  3. Select Enable to turn on and Disable to turn off.
  4. Touch Save at the bottom of the page.

You might need to refresh the homepage to see the changes you've made.

How to search using Handwrite

  1. Once Handwrite is turned on, visit Google from your device.
  2. Touch the Handwrite icon   in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Use your finger to start writing your search terms anywhere on the screen. 
  4. As you write, your handwritten text converts into typeface in the search box.
  5. Touch the search icon  to start your search.

Tips and tricks

  • Delete letters: Touch the backspace icon   at the bottom of the page.
  • Start over: Touch X in the search box at the top of the page.
  • Clarify characters: When you type a character that could be mistaken for another, like 0 (the number) and O (the letter), a list of options may appear at the bottom of the screen.
  • Use predictions: To help save you time, a list of predicted queries may appear in the search box as you write. Touch a prediction to search for that query, or touch the  arrow to the right of a query to explore related searches.
  • Include symbols: Try symbols and special characters like +, @, &, and $.

Availability

  • Android 2.3+ phones
  • Android 4.0+ tablets
  • iOS 5+ phones and tablets