1. Davidoo's Avatar
    I'm trying Pixel Launcher instead of Nova on my new 6 Pro. Having the Google Search Bar on my home screen has always bothered me. With Nova you can turn it off. Any way to turn it off in Pixel Launcher? If I try to drag or long press it, there are Preferences, but I don't see a way to delete it.
    10-30-2021 07:51 AM
  2. bkdodger2's Avatar
    Unfortunately, I don't think there's a way to delete it off the screen for the stock launcher
    10-30-2021 07:54 AM
  3. firebirder's Avatar
    There has been a way on every other pixel. That would be very disappointing if I can't remove that bar. It's big and I have never used it.
    10-30-2021 08:34 AM
  4. MarcusAlan's Avatar
    Use Nova Launcher, you'll never regret it
    10-30-2021 08:34 AM
  5. Davidoo's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. I have used Nova since the OG Pixel 1, and I have never regretted it. I just thought I would try the Pixel Launcher, but am disappointed by the limits, such as not being able to remove the Google search bar, and so many different ways to set up the app drawer and infinite scrolling of the home screens. I can't believe there isn't a way to remove the search bar in the stock launcher.
    10-30-2021 09:25 AM
  6. beantownsouth's Avatar
    You can't remove it on the Pixel 5 either. I'm exploring launchers myself. I do like the stock Pixel launcher, just not enough customization with it.
    10-30-2021 10:04 AM
  7. bkdodger2's Avatar
    I'm waiting on Lawnchair to iron out some kinks ..it was like stock launcher with extras
    10-30-2021 10:10 AM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I don't recall ever being able to remove the Google Search widget from the Pixel Launcher on any prior Pixel phone. You can do it on some launchers from other manufacturers (like Samsung's One UI), but not on a Pixel.
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    10-30-2021 12:52 PM
  9. mustang7757's Avatar
    Only way is 3rd party launcher or root
    10-30-2021 07:10 PM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Only way is 3rd party launcher or root
    That's one reason why I've always used Nova no matter what brand Android device I've used.
    mustang7757, Davidoo and Dan_B1979 like this.
    10-30-2021 07:27 PM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    That's one reason why I've always used Nova no matter what brand Android device I've used.
    Lot more flexibility
    10-30-2021 07:29 PM
  12. NMCynthia's Avatar
    You can remove the Google search bar in the Microsoft launcher also.
    10-30-2021 09:53 PM
  13. Chex313's Avatar
    Nova does seem a little buggy on my Pro. It doesn't stop the launcher from working just pops up a screen once in a while saying not responding. I click anywhere else on the screen and it goes away.
    10-30-2021 09:59 PM
  14. firebirder's Avatar
    I've had the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 4 XL and I swear I removed it, but I'll take your word for it. I had to send my 4 XL back for repair and have not taken it out of the box again. I'm sending it back for trade in so it's not worth me opening it up just to double check. I've always heard good things about Nova, but never tried it. I guess that's an option if the search bar annoys me enough.
    10-30-2021 10:05 PM
  15. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Nova does seem a little buggy on my Pro. It doesn't stop the launcher from working just pops up a screen once in a while saying not responding. I click anywhere else on the screen and it goes away.
    I'm seeing fairly common complaints about Nova upon first setting up a Pixel 6 and restoring Nova from a backup. I cleared the app cache/data for Nova, then restored again from my most recent backup, and it worked fine after that.
    10-31-2021 01:58 AM
  16. anon(40376)'s Avatar
    I've had the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 4 XL and I swear I removed it, but I'll take your word for it. I had to send my 4 XL back for repair and have not taken it out of the box again. I'm sending it back for trade in so it's not worth me opening it up just to double check. I've always heard good things about Nova, but never tried it. I guess that's an option if the search bar annoys me enough.
    I sure cannot remove it on my 4XL, have tried on and off for the past 18 months.
    10-31-2021 03:47 AM
  17. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Could never remove Google search bar from my 2XL, which is why I went with Nova Prime. Now using Nova Prime on my 5a.
    10-31-2021 02:42 PM
  18. TheAngryToaster's Avatar
    I just defaulted to nova on my 6 pro. I like pixel launcher but I hate that search bar.
    10-31-2021 02:51 PM
  19. Wiley_11's Avatar
    Could never remove Google search bar from my 2XL, which is why I went with Nova Prime. Now using Nova Prime on my 5a.
    On my Nexus 6 I could remove the search bar when I first got it. After an OS update it was home screen only.
    10-31-2021 03:05 PM
  20. Davidoo's Avatar
    I'm seeing fairly common complaints about Nova upon first setting up a Pixel 6 and restoring Nova from a backup. I cleared the app cache/data for Nova, then restored again from my most recent backup, and it worked fine after that.
    I tried the Pixel launcher on my Pro, but just couldn't deal with it. No flexibility. I installed Nova and then installed a bunch of apps and it kept crashing. Then restarted the device and working perfectly ever since.
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    10-31-2021 03:29 PM
  21. thecaringkind's Avatar
    Also installed Nova works great. No issues. Pixel launcher is nice but it is rather limiting
    11-01-2021 07:04 AM
  22. sulla1965's Avatar
    Hmm, no problem moving or removing it with a Samsung device. Something so simple and basic and google won't allow it with its own launcher. Talk about lack of customization.
    11-01-2021 10:40 AM
  23. mustang7757's Avatar
    Hmm, no problem moving or removing it with a Samsung device. Something so simple and basic and google won't allow it with its own launcher. Talk about lack of customization.
    Lol
    hub1 likes this.
    11-01-2021 10:42 AM
  24. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hmm, no problem moving or removing it with a Samsung device. Something so simple and basic and google won't allow it with its own launcher. Talk about lack of customization.
    Ah, touche. The way I see it, Google's primary thrust is to get Google Search and Google Assistant everywhere, so that's probably why they don't have an option to remove the bar from the Pixel Launcher screen.
    ezdoit likes this.
    11-01-2021 08:44 PM
  25. bkdodger2's Avatar
    Nova running really smooth on the Pixel. You can move everything all over the place to your heart's content...
    Davidoo likes this.
    11-01-2021 09:40 PM

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