Google app makes it easy to customize search widget on Android


In 2018, Google introduced a customizable search widget and is now making those customization options more apparent by supporting changes introduced in Android 12+.

This applies to the search widget that you manually place on your home screen, not the one anchored to the bottom of the Pixel Launcher. After placing or moving an existing widget, you will notice the editing pencil in the lower right corner. This opens the “Customize” page with four options:

  • bar logo: “Google” or multicolored “G” on the left
  • bar shape: Rectangle with slightly rounded corners, a more pronounced curvature or a default pill shape
  • Bar color: Dark with four-color icons, light with gray, black with white, or custom with hue and saturation adjustments
  • Bar shading: Slider from Transparent to Solid

You get a live preview with your wallpaper and the “Save” button in the corner. A “Reset to Default Style” shortcut is available at the bottom.

Previously, you could only access this page from the Google app > Settings > Search widget (bottom) > Customize widget. Preferences are now more likely to be met.

We are seeing this change to the search widget with the Google app version 13.40, which is currently in beta, on Android 12+, if not earlier. Given the Pixel Launcher bar, using the widget makes more sense on a non-Google device.

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