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I have a Moto G4 plus, and I don't see a way to Deactivate the Google app in my home screen (far-left screen).

I have the last Android update installed.

Also, it would be great if I also could get rid of the Google search bar (in order to use duck duck go, for example).

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That's how the stock Google launcher is designed (to get to search quickly). You cannot change it.

Also you cannot disable the Google app as it is a system app like @Tinkerbell91 said. But you can try something - uninstall the updates for Google app and there are chances that you can see the Disable button. I've done that before and it worked. BTW I got the same mobile.

Regarding the Home screen use can use other launchers from Play Store. I use Nova Launcher which is very close to stock launcher and provides you to customize the appearance. That is my choice but you got numerous options out there.

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That might be apart of your launcher. If it's not you'll have to be rooted because the app is a system app. But, removing it can cause problems such as bootloops so be very careful.

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