1. Snkan's Avatar
    Updated Android 5 (Lollipop) in my Nexus 5.
    For some reason, the Google Now now shows up as a think opaque white band and obstructs the wallpaper (screen shot attached).
    In the earlier version this was transparent OR will come up only when swiped to the right.
    How to remove this white opaque band and either bring back a transparent band or make it swipable ?
    Attached Thumbnails How do I remove Google Now's white band from screen?-screenshot_2014-11-30-11-42-23.jpg  
    11-30-2014 12:28 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! You're talking about the Google Search bar, right? You can't change it, unless you root the phone or install a 3rd party launcher like Nova Launcher.
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    11-30-2014 12:35 AM
  3. Snkan's Avatar
    Apparently Lollipop has a flaw as in the earlier version this Google Search Bar was transparent and did not completely cover the wallpaper.
    In this version 5, this Bar shows up in solid white with no way to increase the transperancy ratio either.
    What a pity - for someone who rarely uses this option, it is an absolute nuisance - with no way of even removing it or even relocating it.
    11-30-2014 12:41 AM
  4. vizray's Avatar
    the google bar is a widget that you can drag to the trash bin but it does remove the program, go to the playstore and try to update google, then put the google search widget back on the screen, I don't think there is a setting on the phone for transparency, there is only a couple widgets I have on my s5 that has transparency and that is the google search bar widget and evernote widget
    11-30-2014 12:53 AM
  5. daihard2008's Avatar
    As B. Diddy said, you can get rid of the persistent Google search bar by using a third-party launcher. I use Nova Launcher, which lets you choose the style of the search bar (Lollipop, KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich or even Honeycomb) or even remove the bar altogether. Below is my home screen.

    How do I remove Google Now's white band from screen?-2014-11-30-06.50.11.jpg
    11-30-2014 12:54 AM
  6. LeSaint's Avatar
    You can't change it, unless you root the phone or install a 3rd party launcher like Nova Launcher.
    You don't need to root to use a 3rd party launcher. Some functionalities might not work, but for the most of it it's ok. And if it's just to remove the search bar or have a transparent one, rooting id not necessary.
    11-30-2014 07:50 AM
  7. UncleLes's Avatar
    I use Nova as well, but for some reason I have a search bar that appears only on the Most Recent Apps screen that I can't figure out how to get rid of......

    As B. Diddy said, you can get rid of the persistent Google search bar by using a third-party launcher. I use Nova Launcher, which lets you choose the style of the search bar (Lollipop, KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich or even Honeycomb) or even remove the bar altogether. Below is my home screen.
    Daihard - Can you tell me what app/widget you are using on that home screen, please!
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    11-30-2014 09:53 AM
  8. daihard2008's Avatar
    I use Nova as well, but for some reason I have a search bar that appears only on the Most Recent Apps screen that I can't figure out how to get rid of......
    Yeah, I see the same issue on mine. I'd venture to guess it's a bug in Nova Launcher. I will send them mail to ask about it.

    Daihard - Can you tell me what app/widget you are using on that home screen, please!
    It is called Chronus. Here's the link. The Pro version has more widget types, but you can do mine with the free version.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...tonder.chronus
    11-30-2014 10:11 AM
  9. UncleLes's Avatar
    It is called Chronus. Here's the link. The Pro version has more widget types, but you can do mine with the free version.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...tonder.chronus
    Thanks! I had a homescreen widget I liked before the reset and I can't recall where I got it. If Chronus does lockscreen widgets as well on 5.0 I'll be ecstatic.
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    11-30-2014 10:39 AM
  10. daihard2008's Avatar
    Thanks! I had a homescreen widget I liked before the reset and I can't recall where I got it. If Chronus does lockscreen widgets as well on 5.0 I'll be ecstatic.
    IIRC, Lollipop doesn't support lock screen widgets. Hope I'm wrong, though.
    11-30-2014 10:44 AM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    You don't need to root to use a 3rd party launcher. Some functionalities might not work, but for the most of it it's ok. And if it's just to remove the search bar or have a transparent one, rooting id not necessary.
    Oh yes, I know. I suggested rooting OR a 3rd party launcher ...
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    11-30-2014 04:05 PM
  12. LeSaint's Avatar
    Oh yes, I know. I suggested rooting OR a 3rd party launcher ...
    Sorry, didn't get the "or". My bad :-/
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    11-30-2014 04:31 PM
  13. UncleLes's Avatar
    I use Nova as well, but for some reason I have a search bar that appears only on the Most Recent Apps screen that I can't figure out how to get rid of......
    Yeah, I see the same issue on mine. I'd venture to guess it's a bug in Nova Launcher. I will send them mail to ask about it
    I sent them a screen shot and asked why that was the only screen that had a search bar even though I had checked the Persistent Search Bar setting and that others were seeing it as well. They have always been known as a responsive dev so I will likely get a response and will post it.
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    12-02-2014 10:02 AM
  14. Nonymous666's Avatar
    I use Nova Launcher and don't have that problem in the recent apps. (I have Nova Launcher's "Persistent Search Bar" setting set to "None", for what's it's worth or not.)
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    12-02-2014 11:46 AM
  15. daihard2008's Avatar
    I use Nova Launcher and don't have that problem in the recent apps. (I have Nova Launcher's "Persistent Search Bar" setting set to "None", for what's it's worth or not.)
    That's what I have as well, but I still see the Search bar in the Recent Apps screen. I reverted to Google Now Launcher and back again to Nova, just to see if that solved the problem. It didn't. Well, it's not a big deal. I hardly ever visit the Recent Apps screen.
    12-02-2014 02:30 PM
  16. gnr_2's Avatar
    Updated Android 5 (Lollipop) in my Nexus 5.
    For some reason, the Google Now now shows up as a think opaque white band and obstructs the wallpaper (screen shot attached).
    In the earlier version this was transparent OR will come up only when swiped to the right.
    How to remove this white opaque band and either bring back a transparent band or make it swipable ?
    It was transparent in whatever was before Jelly Bean... Ice Cream Sandwich, then not transparent in Jelly Bean. Set the launcher to turn it off and then add it to whatever screen as the Search widget. Don't have Lollipop yet so don't know why it would show on the recent apps. Also I'm rooted so my recent apps come up as a column on the right side of my screen. Don't remember how it used to work. (ie the normal way)
    12-02-2014 03:12 PM
  17. Joel Sciberras's Avatar
    Hi guys I'm having a similar issue.. Both myngirlfriend and I are running Google bow launcher on our phones. My phone is a oneplus one running cm11s 4.4.4 kitkat and her phone is a galaxy s5 running 4.4.2 kitkat up until today her Google now launcher has been exactly as mine was: transparent Google search bar at top, transparent black app drawer icon and transparent black app drawer background color, but as of today its solid white everything.. More inline with the material design theme of lollipop while mine remains the same. What happened here and how do I fix it? Neither of us in on lollipop so I don't understand the switch on one but not the other.. The solid white in the app drawer is extremely off putting
    01-14-2015 01:13 AM
  18. bbond's Avatar
    This happened to me as well. I believe it's because of the Google Search app update.
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    01-14-2015 03:14 PM
  19. tonyr6's Avatar
    That's what I have as well, but I still see the Search bar in the Recent Apps screen. I reverted to Google Now Launcher and back again to Nova, just to see if that solved the problem. It didn't. Well, it's not a big deal. I hardly ever visit the Recent Apps screen.
    Same here. If I turn it off I still get it on my recent apps menu. The Google Search app is useless at best anyway because what it the point if you search for something and then you click on a link just to open up in a external browser like Chrome. It is easier just to search in Chrome then.
    01-15-2015 07:04 AM
  20. Tjeerd Bakker's Avatar
    Hey Daihard2008,

    Do you have the lollipop update or are you using nova launcher to change the back/home/recent apps icons? The same question with the apps that are displayed in the picture. Also, I absolutely LOVE your wallpaper, could you perhaps tell me where you got it from? ^^

    thanks
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    01-16-2015 02:07 PM
  21. daihard2008's Avatar
    Hey Daihard2008,

    Do you have the lollipop update or are you using nova launcher to change the back/home/recent apps icons? The same question with the apps that are displayed in the picture. Also, I absolutely LOVE your wallpaper, could you perhaps tell me where you got it from? ^^
    Thanks! I have both Lollipop (or a Lollipop-based custom ROM, to be exact) and Nova Launcher. The icons shown on the home screen are part of the Rotox icon set. I got the wallpaper from Zedge. I think it's called "Abstract."

    Hope this helps.
    01-16-2015 04:12 PM
  22. Sunnygirl2222's Avatar
    A little tech challenged here. And absolutely detest the search bar. Could you tell me how to root it to remove it once and for all?
    05-08-2015 09:21 AM
  23. arunhere's Avatar
    download and install Custom ICS Search Widget from google store
    07-14-2015 12:19 PM
  24. brandon long3's Avatar
    thanks that helped
    07-14-2015 05:35 PM
  25. David Saliscente's Avatar
    ICS search widget<<<<<< Google play free! you also may customize the search bar even the mic,DO NOT ROOT YOUR PHONE!
    08-06-2015 03:12 PM

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