Change the appearance of the Google Search bar on Android

The Google search bar placed on the home screen of Android smartphones is not just popular. Many criticize it for reducing the actual usable poster area and even for making their phone's home page ugly. Here are some tips for customizing the interface of the Google widget and thus harmonizing it with the wallpaper you have chosen.

Give a new look to the Google search widget

Change the appearance of the Google Search bar on Android

Needless to present the Google search bar? And for good reason, it sits right in the middle of the home screen of the vast majority of Android smartphones. In fact, this bar can be particularly useful in many cases.

You can use it, for example, to find a restaurant near where you are or to check the schedules of upcoming cinema shows. For people who want a home screen that is as simple as possible, there are a number of tips for removing the Google search bar from Android.

Please note, these methods do not work with all smartphone models. On some devices the search bar cannot be removed from the home screen. If you find yourself in such a situation, you may want to customize the interface of Google's search bar to make it more discreet.

Change the color of the Google search widget
You want to give your home screen a new look. Not many people know this, but Android offers a whole host of tools by default for customizing the appearance of Google's search bar. And the good news is it's super easy to use.

You will be able to change the logo, the color or the shape of the edges (square, rounded) of the bar. There is also an option to change the transparency and shading of the widget. Here are some examples of customization.

  1. Launch the Google app
  2. Click on the More tab located in the lower right corner of the window
  3. Select the item customize the widget. 
    Change the appearance of the Google Search bar on Android

  4. Choose one of the options accessible from the icons at the bottom of the screen
  5. The first will allow you to display the Google name or the logo
  6. The second option gives you the possibility to modify the shape of the edges of the bar (square, rounded rectangle or round)
  7. By clicking on the paint palette icon, you can change the background color of the search widget
  8. The last icon will allow you to vary the transparency and opacity of the bar

Once you have made the changes, all you have to do is click on the ok button (top right) to save the changes. In the event of an error, it is possible to return to the classic interface of the search bar by clicking on the restore default style button.

While all phones have these new customization options, there are times when the changes are not reflected. The problem seems to come from some manufacturer overlays.
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