Remember that little diagonal arrow that used to appear next to suggestions in the Google Search box as you typed? The arrows could be used to insert suggestions into the search bar, while you kept typing away. For a while now, though, the arrows have been missing from Google Search. Those that want that feature back are in luck, however – astute Redditor Foxsbiscuits notes that a simple long-press will fling search suggestions into the search bar, providing essentially the same functionality with a slightly more discreet UI.

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Before and After

Keeping this handy tip in mind, your searches can be as quick and efficient as ever.

Note: The arrows are indeed still present in Chrome - this tip is primarily aimed at the users of the Google Search/Now app.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Brilliant tip, sir Foxsbiscuit. I've always wanted to do that but didn't know how. I actually didn't even know about the diagonal arrows. Never bothered to click one of those.

    • mesmorino

      Are you *sure* you're an android user? You saw the arrows and never bothered to click one of those? Ever? Really? We're having .apk teardowns and indepth analyses of everything from android's clock UI to samsung's plastic fetish, but one dinky little arrow doesn't get a little love?

      For shame Artem, for shame :p Protip: That's not an iPhone in your pants ;)

      • sk102704

        He was talking about the feature after the arrows were removed. The arrows aren't there anymore but as Artem pointed out, the functionality is still there.

        For shame for not reading the article and then spouting off, for shame.

        • mesmorino

          "He was talking about the feature after the arrows were removed."

          No he wasn't. He meant that when they were there, he never bothered to click them. If he was talking about the feature after the arrows were removed, he wouldn't ever have seen any arrows, never mind bothering to click them

          • sk102704

            "Remember that little diagonal arrow that used to appear next to suggestions in the Google Search box as you typed? The arrows could be used to insert suggestions into the search bar, while you kept typing away"

            You sure about that? His words speak for themselves.

          • mesmorino

            He didn't write the article so no, those are not his words, and yes I am sure about it.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Shame, shame on me! For some reason I associated the arrows with open in new tab or something equally as useless. I blame... things.

        • Matthew Fry

          It certainly wasn't apparent to me either. I actually assumed they were no different than tapping the suggestion.

    • Matthew Fry

      Me too! I just started using them the other day in the ICS browser.

  • Aaron Quevedo

    Thanks for the tip, I did not know that

  • JordanMcRae

    Look how far Android has come in beauty...

  • blakjakdavy

    YES. I wish Google would just tell us how to do this stuff though, so many android features I use on a daily basis were found by some reddior or whatever.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Errrrr... by definition itself, long press is not as quick as a tap. So, "your searches can be as quick and efficient as ever" is technically not correct. :P

    Very handy tip nonetheless.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You're definitely right. It could just mind read. Maybe next update?

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        Yep. Google is definitely getting there. That's what Google now does. "gets you just the right information at just the right time" - before you ask for it. Mind read? ;-)

    • RedPandaAlex

      Except it's a larger touch target, so it probably takes you less time to press it in the first place.

  • Chemlo

    Wow, that's not discoverable at all, this needs to be in the "stock android is not perfect" list.

  • Jeremy626

    dope tip

  • http://twitter.com/chri5_c chri5_c

    Great tip, but long presses are awful for discoverability unless it's signposted in some way. This inability to enter suggestions whilst carrying on typing was the reason I don't use Google's search app and instead search via the address bar in Chrome.

    Poor for usability though.

    Coupled with the longpress toggles in quick settings is far from ideal, long press should reveal a menu

  • Oren Natan

    maybe someday will find the way to sort the results by date

  • from-the-back-of-the-room

    As a Reddit lurker (who, for the sake of internal consistency will not connect this comment to my Facebook account...) I wonder: Do you get some sort of bonus karma when your tip is picked up by another site? Or is this article robbing our industrious friend of much-needed social validation? Either way, my hat is off to you, Redditor Foxsbiscuits.

  • RitishOemraw

    Excellent tip....little things like these make the android experience more than just enjoyable and send it into the land of: more efficient and enjoyable

  • Josh Legoza

    I just noticed this by chance the other day. I assumed I was just dumb enough to never long press ever since the arrows went away. I wonder if it was an update that added this. Thanks for the post!

  • letsplaaay

    Whoa, thanks for this! Without this article, It would have taken months before I stumbled upon this by wild chance and shake with joy thinking I figured out some secret of the universe while all others except me always have known about this.

  • ary

    yeah, have felt annoyed all the time since, and especially on the newest devices... I hate that they always implement such changes without giving you the choice to apply that changes or not, and without any information as well.