The autocomplete or sometimes referred to as ‘Suggestions’ on Google Chrome is an assistive feature to help users access certain pages or searches faster by eliminating the need to type the full URL or query.
This feature is undoubtedly useful to save time and improve the overall browsing experience. But it might leave us with a bit of distraction, and perhaps, a privacy concern.
Your coworker could see the pages you visited just by typing the first letter of it. And for some people, it might lead to the search result they weren’t intended to.
To stop them from happening, removing (disabling) the autocomplete feature is a simple thing you can do. Let’s check it out!
#1 How to remove a visited URL or searched query
If you want to remove a particular URL or search query on Chrome desktop, just type the first few letters and when the autocomplete appears, click on the X icon at the end of it to remove the suggestion.
For Chrome mobile, the process is kind of the same but instead of clicking the X icon, tap and hold the showed query, and tap OK to remove it.
#2 How to disable suggestions (autocomplete) on Chrome
This guide is to disable the autocomplete on suggestions you haven’t visited. It will make the search bar look cleaner and focused.
1. Launch the Chrome app, go tap on the icon menu.
2. Select Settings.
3. Go to Google services.
4. Turn off Autocomplete searches and URLs.
1. Click the icon menu, and select Settings.
2. Go to Sync and Google services.
3. Turn off Autocomplete searches and URLs.
In case you want to remove autocomplete from the visited URLs and searches in the future, the only way to do that is by clearing the history. Or, use Chrome’s incognito window to flush your internet activity once you have done.