How to turn Touch to Search for Chrome on or off (Android)

Searching for any highlighted text has been a quickly accessible function on Chrome for desktop for quite a while now. By just selecting a term or phrase and right-clicking it, users can select a "Search Google for..." option, which instantly opens a Google page with the text automatically entered in the search field. A great little tool, much appreciated when a complicated word comes up, or when studying a large body of text, which refers to a lot of information that the user is not familiar with.

Recently, Google has added a very nifty functionality to Android's Chrome, which brings up a results card on the bottom of the screen as soon as the user highlights a chunk of text. Pulling up on the card brings up a full page of search results – a taste of what Google on Tap is going to be all about, no doubt.

Said feature sends Google information about both the highlighted text and the website that you are currently viewing – all in order for the search to be able to come up with more contextually accurate results. Of course, you may not like tat and may want to disable the new function. Or, maybe you've disabled it once, using the easy shortcut that Chrome provides when it first introduces you to the feature, and can't find how to turn it back on. The slideshow below details all about how the new Search on Tap for Chrome works and how to turn it on or off easily.

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7 Comments

1. kingsand99

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

This has been around for sometime, even before the I/O. I don't think this is Now on Tap.

2. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

This guy. He knows what he's talking about.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You are right kingsand99. This is not Google's Now on Tap. It doesn't matter what app you are in. If you hold the home button, then that will be how Now on Tap will be initiated. But part of Now on Tap is knowing what app you are currently in so Tap will know what context the search criteria is for. Since Chrome is a browser, then its always looking up stuff to begin with.

5. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Oops. *Touch to Search. Thanks

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It is a nice feature however it might not be enough to me from going back to Samsung Browser. They need to get rid of the notification bar.

6. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

How do you turn it back on?

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

does it take more data

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