Google app users cannot disable trending searches on the home page

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New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published October 26, 2021) follows:

The Google app is the official Google search app that takes your search experience to a whole new level. Using this app, you can search and browse things like nearby places, live sports scores, videos, pictures, news and more.

It has a feature called Discover where you can get personalized updates on topics that interest you. You can also access Google search directly from any browser, just search for ‘Google.com’.

Previously, some Google Chrome users on Android and desktop reported that their Chrome search bar was full of irrelevant trending searches that could not be disabled.

And now the same problem has started appearing again for Google app users. According to reports, affected people cannot disable trending searches from settings after the recent update.

Apparently, even not disabling trending searches prevents them from showing up in the Google app, which is pretty annoying.

Here are some reports for reference:

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Disabling trending search in search settings doesn’t seem to do anything. I have tried and tried, and read advice on this forum to no avail. Trendy searches are not going away. Very boring to say the least. The problem only seems to occur when the language is set to English. When set to Maori, the trend search disappears. Seemed to happen after a few updates. (Source)

Agree with everyone. Same problem. Can’t get rid of trending searches even though my settings are set to that. Trending searches are irrelevant, boring and frustrating. Get rid of that Google! (Source)

After getting frustrated with this annoying issue, the affected users then took to the Google Search community forum in search of a solution.

Although a product expert has since suggested steps to disable trending searches in the Google app, the recommended troubleshooting does not resolve the issue.

It looks like there is an internal software issue with the Google app which is likely occurring after the recent update.

However, Google has yet to acknowledge the real problem where trending searches are not turning off even when users have turned them off in settings.

If you are also facing the same issues on your Google app or browser while performing a Google search, you can try the given solution, if you haven’t done so yet. Here are the steps to do it.

Disable popular searches from the Google app:

– Open the Google app.

– At the top right, tap your profile picture or initial > Settings > General.

– Disable auto-complete with trending searches.

Disable popular searches from the mobile browser:

– On your Android phone or tablet, open a browser like Chrome or Firefox.

– Go to google.com.

– At the top left, tap Menu > Settings.

– Under ‘Autocomplete with trending searches’, select Don’t show popular searches. (Source)

If the solution mentioned above does not work, you will have to wait for Google to fix it. We hope this issue with trending searches on Google app and browsers will be fixed soon.

That said, we’ll keep you posted on how the story develops as something new comes our way.

Update 1 (October 27)

2:20 p.m. (IST): A product expert on the Google Search Community Forum confirms that the issue with trending searches has been forwarded to the team for further investigation.

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Update 2 (Nov 08)

5:16 p.m. (IST): An individual claims that trending searches automatically disappeared for him. This suggests that Google may have listened to user feedback and committed to addressing it.

The trend search issue on my Sony Android phone seems to have resolved since yesterday. I’m in the UK, so maybe Google is fixing this country by country. (Source)

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