When typing a query into the search bar, most browsers try to guess what you’re going to type and give you suggestions. The feature is known as autocomplete or search suggestions.
Even though it is convenient to see such predictions and choose from them to save time, you may still find them annoying (more often than not). If so, almost all browsers let you turn this feature off.
It keeps your attention on what you initially came to find in the browser.
To make your search experience as clean as possible, it removes all distractions.
You won’t waste time procrastinating and seeing search results you didn’t intend to see.
When using keyword research tools such as Keywords Everywhere, you’ll save your credit from having to go through unrelated search queries.
Let us find out how you can disable search suggestions in different browsers.
1. Google Chrome
You can disable search suggestions in Chrome for desktop, Android, and iOS.
How to Disable Search Suggestions in Chrome for Desktop
On the Sync & Google Services page, navigate to the Other Google Services section.
To turn off autocomplete, search for autocomplete and search URL options and move the toggle to the left.
How to Disable Search Suggestions in Chrome for Mobile
The process for disabling search suggestions on iOS and Android is the same, except for different ways to access Chrome settings.
Here’s how you can turn off search suggestions in Chrome on mobile, no matter what device you own.
The changes are browser-level and unrelated to which search engine you currently use in Chrome. Check out our article on how to manage your activity and control article suggestions in Chrome to customize article suggestions to suit your interests.
2. Microsoft Edge
You can also disable search suggestions in Edge for desktop, Android, and iOS.
Turn off Show me searches and site suggestions using my typed characters by sliding the toggle to the left.
How to Disable Search Suggestions for Mobile in Edge
Both Android and iOS have a nearly identical process for accessing the search suggestions setting. However, the way you turn them off is different.
iOS users will find a search suggestion option at the bottom of the Privacy & Security page. To turn off search suggestions, turn on the toggle for Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters on the left.
Android users will need to locate the Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters option in the privacy settings and turn off the toggle on the next page.
You can disable search suggestions in Firefox for desktop, Android, and iOS.
Click on the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner and go to Settings.
How to Disable Search Suggestions in Firefox for Mobile
In Firefox for iOS and Android, the process for disabling search suggestions is almost identical, except for the location of the search suggestions settings.
You can disable search suggestions in Safari for Mac and iOS.4. Safari
You can disable search suggestions in Safari for Mac and iOS.