How to Turn Off Google AI Overview in Search

In Short
  • Google has rolled out AI Overview in the US for all users, and there is no straightforward way to disable it.
  • We have added four nifty tricks to block AI Overviews from appearing on Google Search.
  • You can install the 'Hide Google AI Overviews' extension to block AI Overview on Google.

At the Google I/O 2024, the search giant announced that it’s rolling out AI Overview (earlier called SGE) to all users in the U.S. Based on your search query, it displays AI-generated answers on top of the search results, pushing down the blue links. Many users on Google Search Community don’t like the new change and are looking for ways to turn off AI Overview on Google Search. So, in this guide, we bring you multiple methods to block AI-generated answers at the top of Google Search.

Easiest Way to Disable Google AI Overviews

A developer named Zach Barnes (GitHub) has developed a simple Chrome extension that blocks AI-generated summaries on Google. Here is how to install and set it up in your browser.

  • Head to this link and install the Hide Google AI Overviews extension.
  • Now, go ahead and make a Google Search. You won’t see AI Overviews anymore.
google ai overview blocked

Turn Off Google AI Overview on Desktop Browsers

Tom’s Hardware has shared a nifty trick that makes sure you only see web results in Google Search instead of AI Overview on top. While the below instructions are for Chrome, it should work on other Windows browsers as well. You’ll need to find the Search Engine page under the browser’s Settings page.

  • On Chrome, copy and paste the below address.
  • Then, hit Enter to open the Search Engine page.
chrome://settings/searchEngines
manage search engine in chrome
  • Next, scroll down and click on the ‘pencil’ icon next to Google (Default).
edit search engine setting in chrome
  • Here, under the ‘Shortcut’ field, change google.com to google.com/ncr and save it. We are changing this so that we can add a new entry.
edit search engine in chrome
  • Now, scroll down and click ‘Add‘ next to Site search.
add a new search engine in chrome
  • Here, add “Google (Web)” under the Name field and google.com under the Shortcut field.
  • Next, under the URL field, paste the below address.
  • Now, click on “Save”.
{google:baseURL}/search?udm=14&q=%s
edit search engine url in chrome
  • Click on the 3-dot menu next to the “Google (Web)” entry that you created and click on “Make default“.
make default search engine in chrome
  • Now, perform a Google Search and AI Overviews should not appear, thus, stopping you from getting incorrect information and hallucinations by Google’s AI.

Turn Off Google AI Overview on Android and iOS

The Chrome browser on Android and iOS does not allow you to add a new entry for a search engine. Edge, Opera, and Brave don’t allow you to add a new search engine either. But well, Firefox does, so you will have to switch browsers to make this happen.

  • Go ahead and install the Firefox browser (Android and iOS).
  • Next, go to Settings – > Search.
  • Here, choose “Default search engine”.
  • After that, tap on “Add search engine“.
change search engine in firefox android
  • Next, enter “Google Web” in the Name field.
  • Paste the below address in the String URL field and tap on “Save”.
google.com/search?udm=14&q=%s
  • Finally, select “Google Web” as the default search engine.
  • Now, make a search on Google. The AI Overview should be blocked.
change google search engine on firefox android

Additional Steps to Disable Google AI Overviews

Google on its support page says that you can disable AI Overviews, but it will not disable all AI Overviews in Search. At least, it will disable some of the AI-generated results on the Search page. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Head to labs.google.com/search/manage (visit) on your Chrome browser. You can do this on both desktop and smartphone.
  • Now, disable the toggle for “AI overviews and more”. This will remove some AI Overviews from Google Search.
disable ai overview in google labs

Apart from that, if you encounter AI Overviews, click on the “More” tab and choose “Web”. Now, you will find only Google Search results without the AI Overview. Yep, the company has added this new feature to take us back in time to the good ol’ days of the blue links.

How to Turn Off Google AI Overview in Search

So this is how you can turn off AI Overviews on Google. The search giant has made it much harder to remove AI-generated answers from Google Search. I think Google should offer an easy-to-disable toggle to users who wish to remove AI-generated answers from search results. So, what do you think about Google’s decision to bring AI to search? Let us know in the comments below.

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