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How to turn off 'app suggestions' in the Google Now Launcher

Google introduced a new app drawer style in the latest version of the Google Now Launcher — coinciding with the launch of Marshmallow — that now scrolls vertically, and has a set of so-called "app suggestions" at the top of the app drawer. It's supposed to smartly place apps at the top of the drawer based on how, when and where you use them ... but most of the time, it can just be annoying.

If you don't want the Google Now Launcher choosing what four apps show up at the top of the drawer, it takes just a few steps to remove them:

  1. Swipe over to the Google Now interface and swipe in from the left edge, then tap Settings
    (Alternatively, you can press-and-hold on a blank spot of the home screen and select Settings)
  2. At the bottom of the main settings, tap the toggle next to App suggestions
  3. Tap **Turn off* on the dialogue box to confirm you no longer want app suggestions

Head back to your home screen and launch the app drawer — you'll no longer have app suggestions! If you ever want so get the suggestions back, just head back into the same settings pane and toggle them back on.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

23 Comments
  • Turned it off real quick. It's nice to have the choice vs having it forced upon us.
  • Or you can just go to main settings and scroll down to Google and select Search and Now and turn it off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google Now Launcher is awesome. I don't think it's gets enough credit. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • I like it for the most part as it seems fast and bug free but the search bar is ugly (even more so now with google's sesame street theming and search suggestions showing up on the bar when idle) and doesn't need to be there when you have "Ok, Google" or Google Now easily accessible. If I could remove that search bar from the main home screen I'd use it.
  • Removal of persistent search bar is my no1 reason for using Nova launcher.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm glad that Google has put its launcher in the play store, so that it can easily be updated, and installed on any device. Personaly I'm not a fan though. The app draw in particular is awful IMO. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No 2 reason for Nova app drawer! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nova is good, it's generally what I recommend to friends. Personally I use Total Launcher, because I like to change ALL THE THINGS. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's fine, does it's job. There's plenty of better launchers though. I use Nova, because I'm a rebel. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't know that could be turned off, good to know. I think I'll leave it on anyway, but nice to know if I change my mind.
  • Thanks, Andrew! - the app suggestions did bug me a lot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I did not expect to like this when first announced, but I find it useful on my tablet that is only used as a secondary device.
  • Thanks for the info! I will be sure to turn it off if I ever decide to use Google Launcher again. For now I'm happily using Nova Launcher with a dark theme. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope they fix it so that it doesn't show apps that are visible already in the first few rows. I can't imagine they won't fix that fairly fast but then it shouldn't have been an issue in the first place...
  • I love having the suggested apps as it seems to pretty accurately know which ones I'm using. Dunno why you'd wanna turn it off! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's how I feel Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Yeah I like them personally. It seems to always know what I'm wanting to open. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just long the press start screen and then settings and turn it off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes nice to be able to turn off. Posted via the Android Central App 2.0.1 on my Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe w/ Lollipop 5.1.
  • Cheers for this, Andrew.
  • Yeah I had already turned this off. The stuff I use the most is on my home screen. If I need to go in the drawer I don't need my most used apps taking up space at the top of the screen as I wouldn't even be going in the drawer for them I'm the first place. I'm glad Google gives us the choice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or avoid Google nonsense altogether, and download Nova. Having everything done for you, makes Jack a dullard. Unlocked Marshmallow Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.
  • It's always come in handy for the few apps I use but don't feel like cluttering my home screen. I would like to remove the search bar up top though if that's possible. Posted via the Android Central App