Removing Google search bar on Android

If you have an Android device like I do, first of all you’re awesome, and secondly, you may have noticed in a recent update there’s a handy dandy search bar locked in at the bottom of your home screen. As customizable as phones are, I hated to say “locked in” but that’s exactly the case! Take a look at my home screen and see what I’m talking about at the bottom.


Something about it is just awkward. Maybe it’s too close to the 3 bottom touch buttons. Is it one of those things we’ll grow to like and then wonder how we ever survived without it being at the bottom? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure– without third-party help, SearchBarGate is a real thing and per to my conversation with Nokia support (I have a Nokia 6.1), the search bar cannot be moved, removed, or in any way fixed. Here’s the conversation.


I have to give kudos to Nokia for having sympathy, and appearing to be as annoyed as I am with #SearchBarGate.

Also kudos to you for searching out my books on Amazon… great Christmas gifts for children you love, or even just sorta like.

Ok, there is a solution to this dilemma Google has caused. I found a message board that recommends Nova Launcher, an app that can be used to customize your phone’s home screen, apps, and most importantly, remove the search bar. I’ve downloaded it and so far so good. I’ll update more as the ongoing saga continues but until then, keep being your awesome self… and if you feel motived to make a change, voice your complaints in the social atmospheres using #SearchBarGate.

Any advice or tricks up your sleeve, share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness


Coming out

A friend of mine (let’s call him T) and I were talking the other day. It was a pretty tame conversation by all accounts. In fact, some may think chatting about cryptocurrency is about the most boring thing you could ever talk about, but it fascinates both of us. We covered topics like Bitcoin, mining, government involvement, and the possible future of digital currencies. T mentioned that there are already thousands of different currencies and that coders are coming out with new coins every day.

His phone then lights up to interrupt our conversation:

OK, OK! We get it! T hit the button to stop the explanation and we both had a good laugh. From everything he said, his phone picked up on “coming out” hahaha!

Have you ever had something like that happen? Where you’re talking and out of nowhere your phone chimes in something embarrassing or inappropriate? Feel free to share your phone fail in the comments below!


-Out of the Wilderness