I just upgraded phone and reinstalled Nova Launcher. I inadvertently deleted the single page, customizable search bar on my home page. I don't want a persistent search bar. I can't get a single, customizable bar on my home page. I can add a single bar as a widget but it doesn't customize when I try and change the settings in Nova. Or I can add a customized but PERSISTENT search bar thru Nova. What am I missing? Thanks.

  • Nova settings only allow for a persistent search bar, from what I can tell....If I understand correctly, you just want the search bar on your main home screen?
    – user202027
    Jul 20, 2017 at 20:32
  • Did you mean Google search widget?
    – Rahul Gopi
    Jul 21, 2017 at 5:42

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Add a search bar widget, but don't use the one supplied by Google Search (which is fixed-style) - instead, Nova itself offers the customizable one you're looking for, under Nova Launcher - Quick Search Bar.

This search bar shares its customization options with the persistent one, under Nova Settings - Desktop - Search bar.

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