How to Turn Off Chrome URL Autocomplete

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Chrome means well, but its autocompleting feature may not always show you the right URL. You could press the delete button on your keyboard to make the suggested URL go away automatically, but it would also be great if it didn’t show up in the first place.

If you’re in a hurry, you could accidentally go to a site you didn’t mean to and waste some valuable time. There are certain things you can do to prevent that annoying autocomplete from appearing or to clear those sites you don’t visit anymore.

Disable Autocomplete in Chrome’s Settings

One way of disabling Chrome’s autocomplete is in the browser’s Settings. Click on the three vertical dots and select Settings. Scroll all the way down and click on the “Advanced” dropdown menu.


The third option down should be the one that says “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar.” Just toggle off the option and say goodbye to autocomplete.


Clear Browsing Data

If you do find the autocomplete useful but find that it only suggests sites you don’t visit anymore, you can always start fresh by clearing the browsing data. That way Chrome will only recommend sites you’re currently visiting and eliminate the ones you don’t.

1. To clear the browsing data, go to Settings just like you did before.

2. In the “Advanced” section scroll down until you find the “Clear browsing data” option.


3. Click on this option, and a new window will appear. You can select whether to erase the browsing history, cookies, and/or cached images and files. If you want to take things a little further, you can click on the “Advanced” tab where you can erase things such as what was previously mentioned, passwords, autofill form data, content settings, hosted app data, and media licenses.

4. In the time range option, make sure that you select the “All-time” option. This will erase absolutely everything. If you don’t want to do this, you can delete the browsing history from either for the last twenty-four hours or seven days.


How to Disable Autocomplete in Mobile Chrome

Nowadays, you probably use mobile Chrome more than the desktop version. To erase the autocomplete in mobile Chrome, open the browser and tap on the three vertical dots and choose Settings.


Select the “Privacy” tab and uncheck the box that says “Search and site suggestions.” If you also want to clear the browsing data on mobile Chrome, swipe all the way down since it’s the last option available.


Follow the above steps, and you can say goodbye to the annoying autocomplete that’s been taking you to the wrong sites all this time. As you can see, the steps are very easy to follow, so you have nothing to worry about if you’re not very tech-savvy.

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Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.


  1. What IS the purpose of URL Autocomplete other than to send the user to some sponsor’s site? Most people know what site they want to go to. They do not need the browser clumsily getting in the way by making suggestions. Where the URL Autocompletion would be helpful is in typing in those 50-60 character addresses that contain special characters. Unfortunately, Autocomplete doesn’t do that.

  2. Having suggestions isn’t a problem as long as it is offered through a drop down selection through the URL bar. However, autocomplete is not essential at all and it actually hampers Chrome. I have tried the methods posted and eventually the autocomplete returns as if it were never turned off. Will this ever be fixed or will Google continue to either ignore this as an issue or consider it as a feature that should never be turned off? Chrome is a great browser that is faster and more lightweight than Firefox, however the URL autocomplete is a deal breaker. If this continues without any way to truly disable it I will be finding a new browser that doesn’t have this issue.

      1. Yup. EXACT same issue here. It’s annoying. URL suggestiosn while some are based on predictive service, your browser history, and your favorites section…. There is also something else going on. Clearing out all the above items… STILL leaves you with an address bar that is suggesting previous searches. EG it’s still be stored somewhere else. I just want to disable the URL autocomplete all together. IE I don’t want that functionality… it’s getting in the way and popping up when giving demos and presentations and it’s just gotten annoying now. No I don’t want to constantly reset history and cookies, no I don’t want to constantly create a new browsing profile, etc. I should have a setting to just simply turn off this “feature” to begin with.

  3. Turning off the “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” setting doesn’t stop auto complete from working in the current build of chrome, and I can’t believe nobody else has commented on this.

    1. Yeah it’s making chrome pretty much unusable in large presentation settings…. espeically if you have linked computers with google logins sync’d on chrome. I mean, do you really want your showing up in the URL suggestion popup? Or do you want your search for neti pot usage? And the myriad of other inane embarassing things?

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