Gboard Keyboard – How to Enable or Disable Google Search

Gboard Keyboard, or otherwise known as the Google Keyboard, is an Android app that replaces the stock keyboard with this one. This puts it in line with the iOS keyboard of the same name. What’s different about it on the Android platform is it brings the many features found for the iOS and adds more. One of the better features it bring to the Android operating system is a built-in Google Search that you can access from anywhere within the keyboard. Think of it as your very own portable “Google Assistant.” Still, not everyone will like it, especially if it takes up a lot of space on your screen. What you can do is to disable this feature and still use Google Keyboard as your default Android keyboard.

Gboard Keyboard - How to Enable or Disable Google Search

Disabling (or Enabling) Google Search in Gboard Keyboard

Step 1 – The first thing to do is to open up Gboard Keyboard‘s settings. If you don’t know how to open the settings for the keyboard app, all you have to do is to type anything then long press the button found on the left of the spacebar and then sliding over to the cog icon. There will be a new popup that will show up that allows you to select it to access the settings portion of the app.

Step 2 – Once you are in the Settings menu of the Gboard Keyboard app, tap the “Search” item of the menu. In this new portion of the menu, there are only two lonely options to choose from: Predictive search and Show “G” button. What you want is the latter option.

Step 3 – Just toggle the Show “G” button slider to disable the Google Search feature for the keyboard. This is because if it was on by default, then the feature will continue to pop up when you’re using the keyboard. With it turned off, you don’t have to waste precious screen real-estate, especially if your smartphone doesn’t have that much screen to begin with.

Step 4 – If you want to turn the feature back on once more, then all you have to do is to retrace the steps and turn the slider back on so that Gboard Keyboard will keep on giving you suggestions as you type. And that’s pretty much it when it comes to enabling or disabling the Google Search functionality of the keyboard. It’s pretty straightforward and you don’t have to tap a lot of items in the Settings menu just to get to it.


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