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When you start typing a query in your web browser’s address bar, the browser displays your past searches as suggestions. You may not want certain suggestions to appear for privacy reasons. In that case, here’s how to selectively remove those suggestions from your browser.

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Delete the Google Search Bar History in Chrome

In Google Chrome’s both desktop and mobile versions, you can remove the past searches that appear as suggestions. Here’s how.

Clear History on Desktop

If you are on a desktop, launch Chrome and start typing your query in the address bar.

When you see the suggestion that you want to remove, hover your cursor over it and click the “X” icon.

Chrome will delete the selected search suggestion. You can accomplish the same thing with a keyboard shortcut by highlighting the suggestion and hitting Shift+Delete.

Clear History on Mobile

To clear the Google search bar history on your mobile device, launch Google Chrome on your phone.

In Chrome, tap the address bar and start typing your query. When you see the suggestion you want to remove, tap and hold on it.

Select and hold on a suggestion.

Tap “OK” in the prompt.

Select "OK" in the prompt.

And your selected suggestion is now removed.

Delete the Google Search Bar History in Firefox

In Firefox’s desktop version, you can find and remove individual search bar entries. However, on mobile, you must clear the entire browsing history to remove any entries.

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To clear the individual entries in Firefox on desktop, first, launch Firefox on your computer.

Click the address bar and start typing your query. Then, select the suggestion you want to remove using your keyboard’s down and up arrow keys.

Highlight a suggestion.

To remove the selected entry, press Shift+Delete on your keyboard.

Delete the Google Search Bar History in Edge

Edge’s both desktop and mobile versions allow you to delete the search bar suggestion entries. Here’s how to do that.

Clear History on Desktop

On your desktop, launch Edge and enter your query in the address bar.

Find the suggestion to remove and select it using your keyboard’s up and down arrow keys.

Choose a suggestion.

While your suggestion is highlighted, press Shift+Delete on your keyboard to delete the suggestion. And that’s it.

Clear History on Mobile

To remove search suggestions from your phone, open Edge on your phone.

In Edge, tap the address bar and type your query. Then, when the suggestion you want to remove appears, tap and hold on it.

Tap and hold on a suggestion.

Select “OK” in the prompt.

Tap "OK" in the prompt.

And your selected item is now deleted.

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Delete the Google Search Bar History in Safari

Safari’s both Mac and iPhone/iPad versions offer the option to delete search bar entries.

Clear History on Desktop

To clear Safari’s search suggestions on Mac, first, launch Safari on your Mac.

In Safari, from the menu bar, select History > Show All History.

On the “History” page, in the top-right corner, click the search box and type the suggestion that you want to remove.

Start typing the query you want to delete into the Safari history search bar.

Select the suggestion you don’t want, and press Delete on your keyboard.

Highlight the query in the search results before hitting the Delete key.

And you are done.

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Clear History on Mobile

To remove suggestions from Safari’s iPhone or iPad version, launch Safari on your phone.

In the bottom bar of Safari, tap “Bookmarks” (a book icon).

Tap "Bookmarks" at the bottom.

At the top of the “Bookmarks” screen, tap “History” (a clock icon).

Select "History" at the top.

You will see your Safari browsing history. Here, swipe left on the item you want to delete and tap “Delete.”

Swipe left an item and choose "Delete."

And you are all set.

With the unwanted search suggestions out of your way, you can continue to perform your searches without any interruptions in your browsers. Enjoy!


If you’d like to remove all history-based suggestions from your browser, your best option is to delete your entire browsing history. It’s a quick way to remove all traces of your previous browsing.

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