Google Search is one the most used features on any smartphone. If there is anything we need to search for, be it an online resource or even on device files, Google helps us with everything these days. But what happens if the Google Search feature just stops working on your Android smartphone all of a sudden. Not only is it an inconvenience, there is no other replacement or alternative that can match up to Google.
In this tutorial, we will show you the best ways to fix the Google Search not working error on Android.
Method 1. Check Internet Connectivity.
Google Search requires a stable internet connection and if there is a problem with the WiFi or Mobile data on your end, you will see that the Google Search feature will temporary stop working. The best way to check the status of you internet connection is to use the deadly combination of Down Detector and Speed Test.
The Down Detector website will show you if there is an outage on your Internet Service Provider’s side.
Speed Test tells you the current upload and download speed of your internet connection.
If you see a drop off in any of the aforementioned websites, you should contact your ISP immediately and get things sorted out.
Method 2. Restart your Android smartphone.
If there is no problem in your internet connectivity, then the reason for Google Search to not work is probably a bug or rare glitch. The best way to solve this problem is to restart your Android smartphone.
Just long press the power button on your Android smartphone and tap on the ‘Restart/Reboot’ option.
Method 3. Restart the Google App.
If none of the aforementioned solutions work for you, the last resort is to restart the Google app.
Step 1. Open the Settings on your Android smartphone.
Step 2. Tap on the ‘Apps and Notifications‘ option in the Settings menu.
Step 3. Scroll down and tap on the Google app.
Step 4. In the Google App settings, tap on the ‘Force Stop‘ option.
Step 5. Exit the settings and use the Google Search widget or the Google search option to restart the service.
In order to avoid getting such an experience in the future, ensure that you operate your phone with a stable internet connection, and ensure that you have updated the apps and OS on your phone to the latest version. Bugs sometimes pop up due to pending updates, so its better to stay updated than deal with these nagging issues.