How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

Using Chrome? Those suggested articles are a huge distraction, right? Google displays relevant articles and I waste a ton of time when I open a new tab.

And … Google has made it impossible to disable them without turning off suggested searches. How nice of them!

At least, that was the case with Chrome on iOS. If you struggle to balance suggested articles ruining your concentration and a lack of suggested searches in the Chrome omnibox, you don’t have to worry any longer.

Google has updated, letting you disable suggested articles for good.

The best part? The suggested searches are not affected. Now you can consider fully migrating from Safari.

Unfortunately, Android users have not been as fortunate with Google. However, there is a clever workaround to disable the articles while still keeping the omnibox suggestions.

Now, let’s begin.

Disabling Suggested Articles on iOS

Ensure that you have the most recent version of Chrome installed on your iPad or iPhone. Visit the App Store. Launch Chrome, tap the List icon and select Settings.

How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

Step 2: On the Settings screen, scroll down to the Advanced section. You should now see a new toggle labeled Article Suggestions.

Tap to turn it off.

How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

That should address suggested articles. However, if you previously disabled suggested articles by turning off the Site and Search Suggestions option, you will need to manually enable it to restore omnibox suggestions. Otherwise, skip the next step.

Step 3: On the Settings screen, tap Privacy – located above Article Suggestions. In the Web Services section, toggle the switch next to Search and Site Suggestions to enable it. Finally, tap Done to save the changes.

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How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

You will no longer see suggested articles and suggested searches will work perfectly in the omnibox.

Doing It On Android

If you’re using Android, you can’t remove suggested content without disabling omnibox suggestions. However, you can disable a Chrome flag as a workaround.

Step 1: Open a new tab and enter “chrome://flags” into the URL bar. Then, enter “#enable-ntp-remote-suggestions” into the search bar.

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Step 2: Disable Server-Side Suggestions on the New Tab Page.

Under the Show Server-Side Suggestions on the New Tab Page flag, select Disabled from the pull-down menu.

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Step 3: Tap RELAUNCH NOW to apply the changes.

How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

The articles are disabled. If you used the workaround earlier, turn on the option for a functioning omnibox. Skip these steps if the setting wasn’t turned off before.

Step 4: Open Chrome’s list icon and select Settings. Then, tap Privacy to access Privacy options.

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Step 5: Tap Search and Suggestions to enable it.

How to Disable Suggested Articles in Chrome for iOS and Android Without Affecting Search

Your browser should have no suggested articles and a fully functioning omnibox. Not as easy to perform as on iOS but useful nonetheless.

I’ve found the suggested articles to be entertaining, but they’re a huge waste of time. Google received complaints from distracted users and added an option to disable suggested articles on iOS. If you enjoy reading articles tailored to your interests, even from unfamiliar sources, you can keep them. However, if you want to be productive, turn them off right away. So, what are your thoughts on suggested articles? Love or hate them? Let us know in the comments.

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