Change your Google app settings

You can change your settings for the Google app, including settings for voice search, past searches, SafeSearch, and notifications. Available settings can vary by device and app version.

Open the settings menu

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your Google app Google .
  2. At the bottom right, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.

Settings you can change

Accounts & privacy
  • Google Account: Pick the Google Account you want to use.
    Note: To remove your account from the app, sign out.
  • My Activity: See or delete past searches and other activity saved to your Google Account, including things you search for, your voice searches and commands, and places you go. Learn more about My Activity.
  • SafeSearch filter: Filter explicit content from your search results. Learn more about SafeSearch.
Search language

Pick the language for your search results.

Voice search results come in the same language as your voice search.


Change the settings that control voice search and voice actions.

  • Languages: Voice search results come in the same language as your voice search.
  • Speech output: Hear spoken responses to some of your searches.
  • "Ok Google" detection: Pick on which screens you can say “Ok Google” to start a voice search. Learn more about Ok Google.
  • Offline speech recognition: Download more languages to use when you’re not connected to the internet.
  • Block offensive words: Offensive words that you search for will be replaced in the search box with asterisks *.
  • Bluetooth headset: Use your voice over a Bluetooth headset when one is connected.
Offline search
You can start a search while you're not connected to the internet. When you're connected again, Google will get the results and notify you. To turn this on or off, tap Always retry searches.
Your feed
  • Turn the feed on or off: Turn your feed in the Google app on or off. If you turn your feed off, you won't see any cards in the Google app, but you can still use the app to search.
    Note: Newer versions of the Google app no longer have this feature. 
  • Manage card history: See or delete your card history, including cards shown in your feed and whether you interacted with them.​ Learn more about managing your card history.
  • Delete card preferences: This will turn off any customizations you've created (like your favorite sports teams). It will also turn off your feed on all of your devices.
  • Notifications: To get notifications for cards in your feed, like traffic delays or changes in your flight's departure time, turn on this setting. If you turn on this setting, you can choose if want to hear a ringtone or vibration when you get your notification.
By default, you see video previews only when connected to Wi-Fi. You can choose to see video previews when connected to a mobile network, or turn off video previews.
In apps

To show app information in your search suggestions and results, check one or more of the boxes. For example, if you check the box next to your Contacts app, when you search for your mom’s name, her contact information could appear in search suggestions and results. Learn more about searching in your apps.


 If you turn off location, your search results could be less relevant. And some features won't work.

Learn how to change your Google app location settings or update your location on Google.

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