How to Turn Off Trending Searches in Google?

Google, like other search engines, strives to make searching as seamless as possible for users. For this purpose, it has several features that assist in this process, one of which is Google Trends. 

Google Trends analyzes the data that comes in from the overall searches worldwide and then determines the frequency of the search terms based on geographical regions. Using this data, it predicts what you want to search, taking into account factors like your location and age group. 

While this feature is quite useful, it may not be suitable for everyone. Fortunately, if you do not like or use this feature, you can simply turn it off on both your phone and desktop computer. 

In this guide, we will share the different methods of doing so in detail. 

One-Step Method to Turn Off Google Trending Searches

If you are not looking to make changes within the settings application and want a quick solution, then the easiest way of turning off Google trending searches is by switching to the incognito mode. 

How to Turn Off Google Trending Searches on Android and iPhone

If you are an Android or iPhone user, follow these steps:

  1. Visit Google.com in your default browser.
  2. Click on the three bars in the top-left corner.
  3. Choose Settings from the context menu. 
    Launch Google Settings
  4. Head over to the Autocomplete with trending searches section and enable the Do not show popular searches option. 
    Turn off trending searches in Google

That’s it! You will no longer see the trending searches offered by the browser.

How to Turn Off Trending Searches in the Google App

If you are using the dedicated Google application on your phone, then follow the steps listed below:

  1. Launch the Google app.
  2. Click on the user icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. In the Settings window, click on General.

    Choose General settings from the left pane
  5. Head over to the Autocomplete with trending searches section and turn the toggle off for it.

How to Turn Off Google Trending Searches on a Computer

If you are a desktop user of Chrome, here is what you need to do:

  1. Launch Google and click on the three dots in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings in the top-right corner.

    Choose Settings from the context menu
  3. In the following window, click on You and Google in the left pane.

    Choose the You and Google option
  4. Choose Sync and Google services.

    Access the Sync and Google services option
  5. Head over to the Other Google services section and turn the toggle off for Autocomplete searches and URLs.

    Disable the autocomplete feature

What to Do If You Cannot Turn Off Trending Searches in Google

In case the methods listed above are not working for you, here are some troubleshooting methods you can try.

1. Restart Chrome and Your Device

The first thing that you should do if the steps or disabling the trending searches are not working for you is restart Chrome and your device. 

There are times when a temporary glitch in the system prevents you from performing certain operations. These issues can almost always be resolved by a simple restart. In case the issue persists, move to the next method below. 

2. Clear Cache

When you visit a webpage for the first time, Google stores its data in the form of a cache file for future use. This cache data or cache files help retrieve information faster the next time you visit the same webpage. 

While the cache data is essential for making your search experience in browsers smooth, it can sometimes get corrupt, and prevent the browser from performing certain operations. If this scenario is applicable, you can fix the problem by clearing the cache of Chrome. However, keep in mind that this might cause some sites to load up slowly on your next visit to them.

Here is how you can clear cache data:

  1. Launch Chrome settings by following the steps mentioned earlier in this guide.
  2. Choose Privacy and security from the left pane.

    Choose Privacy and security from the left pane
  3. In the following window, click on Clear browsing data.

    Access the Clear browsing data option
  4. Now, checkmark the box for Cached images and files and click on the Clear data button.

    Clear Chrome cache data and files

Once done, repeat the steps for disabling trending searches and check if you can make the changes now.

3. Reset Chrome

If none of the troubleshooting methods work, then you can reset Chrome back to its original state to fix the underlying issue. Keep in mind that you will lose your extensions and pinned tabs with this method. 

If you wish to proceed, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Chrome settings again, click on Reset and clean up from the left pane.

    Choose Reset and clean up from the left pane
  2. Choose Restore settings to their original defaults.

    Restore Chrome to its default state
  3. Finally, click on the Reset setting button. 

    Hit the Reset settings button

Once the reset process completes, check if you can now successfully disable the trending searches feature.

Zainab Falak
Zainab is an actuarial science graduate with a keen interest in technology. She specializes in data analytics and learns python and R in her spare time. At Appuals, she writes about anything and everything related to Windows 8, 10 and 11.

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