Google Search app for Windows 8

You can quickly search the web and easily access other Google products using the Google Search app for Windows 8.

Don't have the Google Search app yet? Download the Google Search app for your Windows 8 device.


  • Voice Search: Touch the microphone icon voice_icon_image  to start a voice search. 
  • Use other Google products:Touch the apps applications icon icon on the app homepage to get to other Google products like as Maps, Calendar, and Gmail.
  • Search History: Touch the history history_icon_image icon or swipe to the left to see your recent search terms.
  • Find a type of information: Use the bar above the search results to filter results to categories like Images, Videos, or News. 
  • Narrow down your results: Touch More > Search Tools to choose tools to filter results by time, source, color, and translated foreign pages.

How to change your settings

  1. Open up the Google Search app on your Windows 8 device.
  2. Swipe from the right side of the screen to open up the charms menu.
  3. Touch the Settings icon > Settings.
  4. Choose the setting you want to change:
    • To turn the setting off, swipe the bar to the left.
    • To turn the setting on, swipe the bar to the right.

Search settings

See results as you type (Instant)

As you start to type your search term, you’ll see popular search results appear below the search box. If you don't see the results you want, just keep typing and the results will update as you type. Learn more about results as you type.

Use your voice to search

When voice search is turned on, you can speak your search aloud after touching the microphone icon. When voice search is turned off, the microphone will not appear on your search page.

Filter explicit results
To filter or show explicit results, visit the Search Settings page and change the SafeSearch setting.
Change your location
To change your Google search location, visit the Search Settings page and update your Location.

Search history settings

Turn Search History on or off

When Search History is on, you can quickly re-do Google Searches. You'll also get more relevant results based on past searches. To turn search history on or off, slide the bar under "Record history on this device."

Delete your past search history

Touch Clear history on this device > Yes.

Manage your Web History

If you’re signed in, you’ll see a Manage Your Web History button in Settings. Touch this button to access and change your Web History.