How to Enable/Disable Google Handwriting on Your Mobile

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Few days ago, Google announces a feature for smartphones called Google Handwriting, search by handwriting on iOS and Android. With the help of Google Handwriting feature you can input a Google search query on your smartphone by writing it out with your finger, instead of typing your queries through keyboard or via voice command.

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How to Enable Google Handwriting feature?

You just have to enable the Google handwriting as explained below, and then from the next time you visit Google, it will be available of course.

1. Open Google.com in your favorite mobile web browser. Keep in mind that this is a mobile/tablet feature and needs touch screen. So It will not work on your desktop machines.

2. Scroll the screen till you see Settings link, Click on the settings button.

3. Now under the Search Settings, Handwrite option will be there,  from there click on the “Enable” button. By default it is disabled.

4. Now click on the “Save” button.

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Once the feature is enabled, tap the ‘g’ Handwrite icon on the bottom right corner of your screen to activate the writing surface.  Just tap the ‘g’ button while on google.com and the feature will automatically convert your handwriting into text.

How to Disable Google Handwriting feature on your mobile?

1. Open Google.com.

2. Scroll the screen till you see settings link, Click on the Settings button.

3. Now under the Search Settings, Handwrite option will be there,  from there click on the “Disable” button.

4. Now click on the “Save” button.

That’s it, have a look to the following official video from Google about this feature.

If you want to switch between keyboard and handwrite function,  just tap a lower-case “g” icon on the bottom right of your screen. Currently Google Handwriting is available for iOS5+ devices, Android 2.3+ phones and Android 4.0+ tablets. So if you are using one of the mentioned device then you can enable or disable Google Handwriting feature.

If you haven’t tried this feature yet, then I recommend you to try once,  cause Google Handwriting feature recognized samples of my terrible print handwriting, and I found it to be remarkably accurate. Share your views with us via comments below.

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Vishal Gaikar

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  • Emily

    Even though the handwrite is disabled in settings, it’s still the default when I go to the google page. So annoying!!

  • (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

    Can’t find these setyings for Kindle Fire.

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