1. JConn_Lefty's Avatar
    i remember seeing something like that on this forum before. it was a nice, clean looking home screen and it didn't have the google search bar on the top.

    is this possible? if so, does it require rooting?
    01-28-2014 05:53 PM
  2. krifor03's Avatar
    Yeah, you have to use a different launcher, like nova launcher

    No you don't need root

    Nexus 5 4.4.2
    Got sideload?
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    01-28-2014 06:15 PM
  3. babyrootz's Avatar
    Why would you want to remove it, I think it look nice up there, and would help to make quick searches
    01-28-2014 08:35 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yes, but it's nice to have the option to remove it. You can always search by bringing up Google Now. And some phones still have a hardware search button, which makes the search bar a little redundant.

    Posted via Android Central App
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    01-28-2014 08:40 PM
  5. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    It is a peculiar software design choice. All of the non Nexus Android devices allow you to remove the Google search bar from the home screen. I never had an issue with it. But I do wonder why they insist that it cannot be removed.


    Sent from my iPhone 5S. The "S" is for sexy.
    01-28-2014 08:56 PM
  6. JConn_Lefty's Avatar
    Why would you want to remove it, I think it look nice up there, and would help to make quick searches
    i dont think it looks nice at all.
    01-28-2014 09:11 PM
  7. ffejjj's Avatar
    It could look better. I like this one

    possible to remove the google search bar on the home screen without rooting?-1390962818259.jpg

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    01-28-2014 09:34 PM
  8. JConn_Lefty's Avatar
    that does look nice. is it a theme?
    01-28-2014 09:49 PM
  9. ffejjj's Avatar
    Zooper widget

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    01-28-2014 10:25 PM
  10. ffejjj's Avatar
    possible to remove the google search bar on the home screen without rooting?-1390966088477.jpg

    Lots of choices, this is a couple

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    01-28-2014 10:28 PM
  11. md308's Avatar
    I use this:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...kitkatlauncher

    Very light for a replacement launcher, which is what I was looking for, and allows you to hide the search bar.
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    01-29-2014 10:24 AM
  12. StephStephanie's Avatar
    Why would you want to remove it, I think it look nice up there, and would help to make quick searches

    I want to remove it BC that Google browser sucks. You can't open links in new tabs and your bookmarks aren't there. If that search bar would automatically search in crome I'd love it.
    11-06-2014 03:13 PM
  13. Jnorton2724's Avatar
    Use a launcher like nova so you can remove it.

    Sent from my Nexus 5
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    11-06-2014 10:36 PM
  14. fred_yu_job's Avatar
    You are so funny!
    So, when you are in each page, you always want to search?
    I just wonder how many things you want to ask?!
    I'm using the phone mainly for apps, not search in each page!
    Answer the question rather than challenge to others, please!
    12-03-2014 03:52 PM
  15. jj14x's Avatar
    You are so funny!
    So, when you are in each page, you always want to search?
    I just wonder how many things you want to ask?!
    I'm using the phone mainly for apps, not search in each page!
    Answer the question rather than challenge to others, please!
    The search bar allows a user to search the web.

    "rather than challenge to others" <-- eh? @babyrootz just provided his/her opinion. The question was already answered (aka custom launcher). You may choose to use your phone for apps, but others may like to use their device to just browse the web - everyone has their own preferences. And that is ok.
    12-03-2014 04:09 PM
  16. Carlos Thwaites's Avatar
    I think if u disable google search it makes it go without downloading other launchers..

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2014 05:21 PM
  17. jj14x's Avatar
    I think if u disable google search it makes it go without downloading other launchers..
    No, don't do that. If you disable google search, and don't have a different launcher already installed and chosen as the default launcher, Android OS won't know what to do after booting up, and you will be stuck at the boot screen
    12-03-2014 05:32 PM
  18. Carlos Thwaites's Avatar
    Wow seriously? I know its not the same phone but when i had the 2013 moto g not so long ago i disabled google search in the apps menu and it removed the search bar but everything else was normal

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2014 06:24 PM
  19. jj14x's Avatar
    Moto G uses the Moto Launcher, which is not tied into Google Search. The Nexus 5/6 use the Google Experience launcher which relies on Google Search. Hence the difference
    12-04-2014 12:00 PM

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