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How do you clear the search suggestions

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by celoughrey, Jun 20, 2011.

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    When I open my browser and start typing someting to search for (not in google), it gives me suggestions for what I might be searching for. Is there a way clear this out or turn it off with the stock browser on an unrooted Droid X with Gingerbread?
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    Dl the app history Eraser. It will give you the option to clear a bunch of clutter including google search history. Great app

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    That cleared slot of junk but still not what I'm looking for.

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    Use a different browser. Dolphin mini is where it's at anyway. Plus it will clear history each time you close out of it. Best browser out there

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    It's not really the history, more like suggestions. It shows things I've never searched for.

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    Ah got ya. Do you have the instant beta turned on with google? If so, turn that off. This is what predicts suggestions as you type. Check and see

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    It was off. I even tried changing all the settings in google but still no luck.

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    ALL browsers have the function to "clear and turn off" history. Open the browser and select the menu button on your phone and go to "settings".
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    First, sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I believe I am looking for the same thing you are. I've searched several times before for the answer and finally got fed up enough to figure it out.

    Steps to reproduce this "issue" in stock (Android) or Dolphin browser (and others based on Android browser?):
    1) Open browser from app drawer.
    2) Tap address/search bar. A list of 6 sites appears, below the selected field and with stars next to them (bookmarks). The list may appear generally ugly due to the random sort of sites which will appear.
    3) Begin typing and other related bookmark/search results appear.

    At first, I thought it was simply this:
    Support | Smart Phone. Clever Browsing.
    Unfortunately, this option is not in the stock browser (see EDIT), though it only disables the search suggestions, not the list of sites in step 2 or 3.

    After experimenting, it appears the list at step 2 is of the last 6 bookmarks I have made, sorted new to old, regardless of folder location or sorted order in bookmarks. After step 3, the list is of related bookmarks and Google's autocomplete search results. Since this is "by design" and a "feature" :icon_ goofy: :icon_rolleyes: and has nothing to do with history, that explains why the list cannot be cleared or erased as such. I have to assume the only way to clear this list is to delete all bookmarks. In the stock browser, I deleted all but a few bookmarks, and these were the only ones to show in the list, until you type of course. Technically this is a great feature, but it might help to sort of control it. For instance in Dolphin, I'd much prefer (after step 2) to see a list of speed dial sites or the contents of the "Bookmark bar" list. (speaking of, wheretf is this bookmark bar?)

    I guess the next step is to make a feature request or something like that.

    EDIT: Oops, I knew I hit post to quickly! I found this at XDA:

    Open the Google Search app.
    Menu> Search settings
    Web, Google search, uncheck Show web suggestions

    Note the Search history option to toggle personalized search history and the link to manage your personalized history, which you can also access from your desktop when logged into google.com.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011
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    What I'd like to see is a way to turn autocomplete on and off, period. I do NOT want suggestion 90% of the time and frankly, as a feature, I think it sucks. Of course, that's probably because I refuse to do any screen typing at all if I can afford not to. If I want more than ten words, I want a regular keyboard to work with.

    So, anybody, can one shut that blasted feature down globally, or does one have to go through each apt and specify it as off? Especially in Quick office pro.

    Browning>>>

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    I had this problem and searched everywhere for the answer with no avail. I decided to do a Factory Wipe of the phone. After I did the Factory Wipe I actually found where and how to erase the "Word Suggestions". It has nothing to do with google it has to do with Swype Text and the "Language and Keyboard" under settings. So here is your answer x

    Settings>Language and Keyboard Settings>Swype Settings>Word Prediction


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    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
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    Bummer you had to do a reset to figure that out.

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    It didn't really bug me to do it. I had all my numbers backed up and that is really all I cared to save. Thanks for your empathy :D
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