PSA: Google Search Bar Gives iPhone-Optimized Results

I'm sure that a few of you, like me, have been avoiding using the Google Search Bar in Safari in favor of the Google app. Avoiding it not because the Google App is that awesome (it is), but because the search results page in Safari that comes up when you use the Google Search Bar wasn't optimized for Safari, but instead looked like the regular desktop page.

Well, quick tip if you've been avoiding that bar: it's been mobile optimized while you were away. No need to avoid it anymore. The above search results screen shot shows what the new (to me, anyway) results page looks like. Chad emailed in (with more than a few exclamation points) showing the same.

Treat this Public Service Announcement like all PSAs -- if you don't care, move along, nothing to see here, threat-level orange, and all that. But If you've been keeping away from that search bar, it's time to come back home.

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Dirk says:

As first. Not here so far, bummer.

Victor says:

It didn't work for me either. It just takes me to the regular What am I missing?

iGuybrush says:

If it doesn't work for you, you can use the method listed here on a jailbroken iphone:

Jesh says:

Works great for me! But I don't like that every page I enter through google links in also optimized. Sometimes I want to see the full site. How do I turn that option off? I used to have an option, but now it's gone.

Dieter Bohn says:

Jesh - If you scroll down to the bottom of hte page, there's a link to view google in 'Classic'. That should set a cookie to give you the old style google.
For you guys not getting it yet -- that's very weird! Are you on AT&T?

Steve says:

I downloaded the Google app on day one and still haven't tried it. I guess I just never feel like opening another app when I'm already in Safari. I have Yahoo for my search bar anyway (okay, okay, I'll "move along" now). :)

Rajiv says:

Optimized Google search works for me.
However, is anyone else having a problem getting iPhone Safari to keep cookies from Google? I want to remove 'moderate search' but for some reason my iPhone won't keep the cookies that Google sets.

frog says:

Doesn't work for me. Annoying.

Olek says:

Doesn't work for me neither.

snappleapple says:

Question: How do you delete your previous Google search entries? I tried deleting cookies, history, and cache, but that didnt delete my Google search history.

john vann says:

flash on iPhone I'm getting so pissed off!!!!!!!!

anathema says:

@8 Rajiv - ssh into your iphone or open the terminal, log in as root, and chown -R mobile /var/mobile/

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