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. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Search Search.
  3. Search for a setting.

Settings you can change

General

Turn on these features to:

  • Recent pages: Keep track of pages recently visited so you can quickly find them again.
  • Signed-out search customization: Let Google offer you more relevant recommendations and results based on your searches when you're signed out.
  • Personal results: Get search results from your Google products.
  • Discover: Get stories related to your interests in the Google app.
  • Data Saver: Not let some features, like Discover, refresh as often to help you save data.
  • Autocomplete with trending searches: Get search results faster with local or current searches.
  • SafeSearch: Filter explicit content from your search results. Learn more about SafeSearch.
  • Always retry offline searches: Start a search while you're not connected to the internet. When you're connected again, Google will get the results and notify you.
  • Open web pages in the app: Stay in the Google app when you open a search result or story from the feed.
  • Autoplay video previews: Play videos automatically without sound.
  • Nicknames: Add nicknames to your contacts to easily find them when you search.
  • Theme: Choose between a light and dark theme, or match your system's default theme. This setting applies to both the Google app Google Search and the Podcasts app Google podcasts. For example, if you choose the "Dark" theme for the Google app, dark mode will also be turned on for the Podcasts app.
  • Edit & share screenshots: Edit and share screenshots without leaving the Google App.
  • Doodles in Search widget: Doodles will sometimes appear in the search bar of your Google app. These are temporary for special events, like holidays.
Notifications
  • Show notifications: To turn off or on all notifications, tap Show notifications.
  • Assistant: Turn off or on Assistant notifications, like proactive or recommendations.
  • Other: Turn off or on notifications like commute alerts, reminders, weather updates, and more.
Google Assistant
  • Personal info: Set your places, payment methods, and weather preferences. Tap Reservations to see restaurant, flight, and other reservations from your Google Account.
  • Assistant: Set your language preference, routines, and email updates.
  • Services: Connect your TV, speaker, or streaming service to your Google Assistant.
  • Home: Connect your Google Home.
Voice

Change the settings that control voice search and voice actions.

  • Languages: Voice search results come in the same language as your voice search.
  • Spoken results: You can decide if you want to hear spoken responses to some of your searches or all voice searches.
  • Offline speech recognition: Download more languages to use when you’re not connected to the internet.
  • Hide offensive words: You can hide offensive words that you search for and Google will replace them in the search box with asterisks (*).
  • Hey Google: Pick on which screens you can say "Hey Google." Learn more about Hey Google.
  • Voice search on Bluetooth devices: Use voice search when you have a Bluetooth headset connected.
  • Bluetooth headset: Use your voice over a Bluetooth headset when one is connected.
Language & region
  • Search language: Pick the language for your search results. This setting lets you pick more languages to see search results in.
  • Search region: When you search on Google, your results are customized to your current region. You can choose to see results for other countries.
Account

Remove your Google Account from the Google app

Important: When you remove a Google account from your device, the account is removed from all Google apps & services on your device.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Manage accounts on this device.
  3. Tap a Google account and then Remove account.

Delete your Google account

Learn how to delete your Google account.

Search widget

Important: This feature is available on new devices distributed in the European Economic Area (EEA) on or after March 1, 2020.

Switch to Google: Change the default search engine on your home screen Search widget to Google.

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