Your Guide to Google Search Without AI

With AI becoming prevalent in search engines, some users prefer the classic, um…”unenhanced”, Google Search experience.

If you like a search engine that returns relevant results and links to websites when you ask it questions, this guide will help you disable AI features in Google Search, ensuring a straightforward and familiar search experience.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Disable AI Features:

  • On any Google Chrome webpage, find the 3-dot menu in the top right corner.
  • Click to activate the drop-down menu.
  • Click “Settings.”
Locate Chrome settings by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner and then "Settings."
  •  Once in Chrome settings, click “Search engine” on the left-hand side.
Click "Search engine" under Google Chrome settings.
  •  Under “Search engine” settings, click “Manage search engines and site search”. 
"Manage search engines and site search" settings in Google Chrome
  •  Scroll down to the “Site search” section.
  • Click the “Add” button to the right. 
Use site search settings to add an AI-free shortcut.
  • Enter a name for your shortcut, the shortcut URL (www.google.com), and the following text:  {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&udm=14
  • Then click “Add.”
Setting up a shortcut for Google searches without AI.
  • Your shortcut should now be found under the “Search engines” list.
  • Locate your shortcut and click the three dots to the right.
  • Click “Make default.”
Make your new Google shortcut your default - click 3 dots.
Make your new Google shortcut your default - click "Make default" in the drop down menu.

That’s it! Next time you do a Google search on Chrome, there shouldn’t be any AI result at the top of the page.

2. Use Advanced Search Operators:

Refine your search manually using operators like:

Quotes (“”) for exact phrases. Example: Searching for “climate change impacts” will return results with the exact phrase “climate change impacts,” ensuring you find precise information on this topic.

Use quotations around your Google search terms for exact phrase matches.

Minus sign (-) to exclude words. Example: Searching for jaguar -car will show results about the animal jaguar, excluding results related to Jaguar cars.

Use a minus sign in your Google searches to exclude certain words.

Site: to search within a specific website. Example: Searching for site:bbc.com renewable energy will return results specifically from BBC’s website about renewable energy.

Use site: in your Google search to search within a specific website.

3. Other Browsers

Disable AI features in browsers like Firefox or Safari through their privacy settings.

4. Troubleshooting

If issues persist, clear your browser cache or try incognito mode.

Chrome

  • Find the 3-dot menu at the top right of the page.
  • Click to activate the drop-down menu.
  • Click “Clear Browsing Data.”
  • Pick your time range and click “Clear data.”

 

If you’re looking for incognito mode, click the same 3-dot menu then “New Incognito Window.”

Safari

  • In a Safari window, click “Safari” in the menu bar to activate the drop-down menu.
  • Click “Clear History.”
  • Pick your time frame and click “Clear History.”

 

If you’re looking for incognito mode, click “File” next to “Safari.” Then click “New Private Window.”

Optimize Your Google Search without AI

Keep a cheat sheet of advanced search operators for easy reference.

By following these steps, you can enjoy a classic Google Search experience without AI.

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