The Google Instant Off Switch Harder To Find?

Jan 10, 2011 • 8:17 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Brett Tabke posted a thread at WebmasterWorld that Google is no longer showing him the quick method of turning off Google Instant.

He said:

It is bad enough that Google forced us to use "instant" in the first place, and that it was incompatible with several leading browers, now they have buried it under 'preferences'. You are now forced to go through preferences every time you want to turn of instant (which is ever time for me).

Personally, I see the instant off link, as do some others. Currently you will see the ability to turn off Google Instant on a desktop search on the search results page as in the image below. Or on a mobile search on the Google home page.

google instant off

Are you missing this feature or is this just a limited test Brett Tabke is part of?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Update: Turns out this was a bug with Brett's browser. Good thing I used question marks in my titles.

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Nathaniel Deal

01/10/2011 01:23 pm

I still see my instant option. I'm not a big fan of the feature, I hope they leave it optional.


01/10/2011 02:32 pm


Jim Frederic

01/11/2011 02:57 pm

I hate Google Instant search .....very frustrating.


01/21/2011 09:54 pm

I have always preferred using Google, until now. This Google Instant is so frustrating. The fact that you cannot shut off this feature for good is quite unbelievable. I thought Google was smarter than this. Never thought I'd say this but I'm switching to Bing as my default Search Engine.


04/27/2011 06:56 pm

NOW hidden Under the little GEAR symbol up in the top right hand corner. Click on Gear symbol, click on Search Settings, then about 5th Option block down, choose "Do not use Google Instant" ridiculous


04/30/2011 12:56 am

OMG thank you!!!!!!!! Yes it is ridiculous! Why the hell do I have to search for a way to turn it off?! How much sense does that make? WTH was the point of hiding it???smh Off it goes!

Aruna Parmar

06/22/2011 05:25 am

use firefox to permanently disable:

Aruna Parmar

06/22/2011 05:25 am

use firefox to permanently disable:

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