Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media. They are often well hidden, so that users find it gratifying when they discover them, helping form bonds between their creators and finders. Google's employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time for projects of personal interest, and Easter eggs are sometimes created during this. Google avoids adding Easter eggs to popular search pages, as they do not want to negatively impact usability.
"the last of us( see it )" or "cordyceps( see it )" will bring up a red mushroom button; when pressed, cordyceps will appear on the screen. It is possible to press the button several times to multiply the mushrooms. 
"2/22/22" or "Twosday" would make confetti appear with number 2's and a phrase saying "Happy Twosday 2You!" on February 22, 2022.
"a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" resulted in the same tilted, scrolling style that the introductions to the original Star Wars movies were presented in. This included the music, which was muted but could be heard by clicking on or selecting the muted speaker icon on the page. However, this was discontinued on June 28, 2017.
"ascii art" showed the logo as if it was created with ASCII characters. This has been discontinued.
"askew( see it )" causes the results page to be slightly tilted to the right. This effect once worked for the Google search of "tilt", but was discontinued.
"drop bear" will show a sign that when clicked will cause a Koala bear to drop
"dvd screensaver( see it )" causes the Google logo on the top left corner of the screen to bounce around the screen, shifting colors between blue, red, yellow, and green every time it hits the page boundaries.
Every time the tab currently engaged in the Easter egg is returned to after being clicked out of, the bouncing logo will always be in a position where it hits perfectly into a corner.
This feature is disabled if a major google doodle is occurring instead of the normal google logo.
"F.R.I.E.N.D.S" or friends will make a sofa next to the title of the famous show if you click this sofa it will play iconic voice lines and quotes from the show. This easter egg has been discontinued.
"google in 1998( see it )" on a desktop browser will generate a layout similar to the one Google used for its search engine in 1998.
"googly eyes( see it )" will cause a pair of googly eyes to slide from the top of the page to cover each letter "O" in the top Google logo. The eyes will slowly follow the location of the user's cursor.
"hanukkah" changes the "Goooo...gle" page indicator at the bottom of every result page to show Hanukkah cakes instead of o's.
"kerning( see it )" will add spaces between the letters of the word "kerning" in the search results. Kerning refers to the process of adjusting the space between letters in a word.
"keming( see it )" will remove spaces between the letters of the word "keming". This refers to improper kerning, particularly when not enough space is used between letters, which can cause mistakes like "kerning" to be read as "keming".
"lunar new year", "chinese new year", or "year of the rabbit" caused fireworks to shoot up in the search page. Occasionally, a firework formed a rabbit silhouette. This was to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in Lunar New Year in 2023. This has been removed recently.
"new year's eve 2022( see it )" will show a party popper near the top of the search page. Clicking it will cause confetti to appear. This easter egg also works with other years replacing 2023 (i.e. "new year's eve 2019").
"pele( see it )", or "Pelé" causes the Goooo...gle page indicator at the bottom of the page to read Gooo..al instead, with the last "o" replaced by a soccer ball. If you click this soccer ball, or the #10 under it, then it will play an animation where the a is kicking the soccer ball, and the 'G' kicks it into the 'l', which has turned into a soccer goal. This Easter egg was made to honor the 80th birthday of legendary soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is casually known by his soccer alias, Pelé.
"pi( see it )" (or "calculator( see it )" and pressing P on the keyboard) and clicking the "π" symbol will start a memory game similar to Simon, in which the calculator highlights the digits of pi and prompts the user to repeat the sequence. The sequence gets longer every turn. The high-score can be stored but will reset after reloading the page.
"puppy( see it )", "puppies", "dog" or "canine" will result in a button appearing in the panel that, when clicked, will cause any following clicks to bring a dog leg out and place a paw print at the mouse position, with a bark sound played.
"qibla( see it )" and "eid al fitr"(or "eid'l fitr" and "eid al-fitr") will cause the "Goooo...gle" page indicator at the bottom of every result page to show nine cups and a pitcher instead.
"ramadan( see it )" during the month of Ramadan will allow the initiation of a search of an image of a night sky for a crescent Moon by clicking an image of a crescent Moon in the Knowledge Panel. Upon finding the crescent Moon, the user is congratulated with the message "You found it! Ramadan Kareem to you and your loved ones!" as lanterns drop into view. This also worked during Eid al-Fitr month, but the message at the end was changed to "You found it! Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!"
"superb owl( see it )" around the time of the Super Bowl will show a Knowledge Graph for the Super Bowl, along with a games' information panel titled "Superb Owl" with an image of an owl wearing a crown, in response to an ongoing joke amongst redditors about the common misspelling of "Super Bowl".
( see it ) Searching something which does not match (such as random nonsense text or special Unicode characters) any documents shows a cartoonish fisherman trying to catch a fish in somewhere with ice. Clicking on the fisherman will play an animation of the fisherman catching a random object (e.g., a fish, a can of fish, a boot, and a bent can) in a hole, and then tossing it in a bucket. The boot and the bent can will result in the fisherman becoming sad, and the fish and the can of fish will make him smile.
"toni stone" on February 9 will have a splash of confetti.
Searching any ongoing major tennis tournament (with men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles) will result in a Pong-like mini-game available by scrolling to the right of the scores. This mini-game is also available for past tennis tournaments by searching for the name of the tournament and the year in which the tournament was held.
"bts( see it )" shows a purple heart with a microphone inside it, which when clicked will make purple balloons fly along with heart-shaped ones. When any of the heart-shaped balloons are clicked, a message from one of the members of BTS will show up along with that respective member saying "I purple you." and a different colored microphone for each one; sky blue for RM, pink for Jin, black for Suga, silver for J-Hope, gold for Jimin, green for V, and violet for Jungkook.
"cat( see it )" will show a button with a paw print on it. Clicking it will cause cat arms to appear and leave paw prints wherever clicked, with meowing sound effects.
"cherry blossom( see it )" or “sakura” will show a pink flower, which when clicked will show petals falling down.
"choco taco( see it )" will show sliding taco, ice cream, and gravestone emojis and the date 1983-2022, referring to the start and end of the choco taco production.
"earth day( see it )" will show a bee flying across Earth, which when clicked will start a doodle that Google made in 2020 to celebrate Earth Day's 50th anniversary.
"fresh prince of bel-air( see it )", in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the TV show's first airing in 1990, displayed a replica of the "FRESH" license plate in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on the license plate caused a taxi to move by the screen, and the search results to acquire a 90s theme with various references to and jokes in reference to people and places across the TV show via audio clips and animations. Clicking the bar at the top of the page/the “freeeeeeeeeeesh” at the bottom reverted the display to its original results and design.
"gay pride( see it )" in 2021 will show a LGBTQ heart, which when clicked will rain confetti and flags across the search results.
"gay pride" in 2022 will still show the heart, but by clicking it, there's an animation at the bottom with raining confetti.
"gotham city( see it )", "batman", or "bruce wayne" will show the Bat-Signal next to the results. Tapping or clicking on the bat-signal shows a stormy night background on the search results page, along with the glowing bat signal overlayed on top. After a few seconds, you will hear a grappling sound before you see the shadow of Batman swinging across the screen. This in celebration of the release of The Batman.
"holi( see it )" shows a picture of bowls of colored powder in the Knowledge Graph which, when clicked, will simulate throwing a gob of powder at the page where clicked. Further clicks on the page will simulate further gobs of colored powder being thrown to that point. A raindrop icon appears which, when clicked, will cause the page to be washed clean of colored powder. Also note that Goo...gle in the end of the page will show bowls of colored powder instead of letter o's.
"juneteenth( see it )" will show a button, clicking on it will display an animation at the bottom and also raining red, black and green confetti.
"legally blonde"( see it ) shows a pink purse next to the Knowledge Graph, which when clicked, has protagonist Elle Woods' pet chihuahua Bruiser jump out of the purse and walk to a pink salon chair which dresses him in his "signature sweater". He then walks back and jumps into the purse, with Elle saying, "Hi, I'm Elle Woods, and this is Bruiser Woods, and we're both Gemini vegetarians." Once the animation is complete, the color of the links on the page change from their usual blue to pink to match Elle's "signature look".
"mars 2020( see it )", "perseverance rover", or "ingenuity" will show the Ingenuity helicopter that when clicked, flies around the screen.
"new year's eve" or ''new year's day'', New Year's Eve 2020, showed a cannon next to the Knowledge Graph which once clicked, made confetti explode.
"pluto( see it ) planet" describes Pluto as "Our favorite dwarf planet since 2006" in the Knowledge Graph.
"sonic the hedgehog game( see it )", "green hill zone" and ''sonic'' will give a Knowledge Graph with Sonic waiting. Clicking or tapping Sonic will make him spin; if clicked or tapped 25 times, Sonic will transform into Super Sonic.
"splatoon( see it )", "splatoon 2", or "splatoon 3" will display colorful splat blobs in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on it allows you to splat blobs of ink on the screen in the colors of Google's logo. Some splats have eyes in them, or shaped like squids and octopuses.
"super mario brothers( see it )" shows a Knowledge Graph for Super Mario Bros. that contains a flashing "?" block which generates a coin and 200 points when clicked. After 100 coins are collected, the "1UP" sound plays.
"thanos" and "infinity gauntlet" displayed a Knowledge Graph with the Infinity Gauntlet on it. Clicking it will cause its fingers to snap, disintegrating half of the links and images on the page, as well as counting down the number of results to half. This is a reference to the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, in which the character Thanos destroyed half of all life in the universe with the Gauntlet on his hand by snapping his fingers. It was added in celebration of its sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Clicking the gauntlet again restores the previously disintegrated results' content. As of 2020, that option is no longer available.
"westminster dog show( see it )" or “puppy”, in celebration of the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which took place over a five-day period from June 18 to June 22, will show a purple button with the silhouette of a paw print at the top of the search results. An animation of a dog's paw pressing the button will play as you idle. Clicking on the button will cause the button to disappear, and a dog will bark as it presses down on the page and leaves a paw print in its place. Clicking anywhere else on the page will cause more dogs to bark as they leave their paw prints on the results page. Clicking on the "X" at the bottom will cause a water animation/effect to play with the sounds of a sink as the paw print(s) are washed off of the search results.
"wizard of oz" will display a pair of ruby slippers in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on them will cause the page to spin in a tornado-like effect while an audio file of Judy Garland saying "there's no place like home" is heard. After the effect finishes, the page is seen in a sepia tone only. If the tornado is clicked, an audio file from the movie when the tornado hits plays, the page spins again and returns to color. As of late 2020, this is no longer available.
For the 25th anniversary of the TV series Friends, Google embedded Easter eggs for Chandler Bing( see it ), Phoebe Buffay( see it ), Monica Geller( see it ), Ross Geller( see it ), Rachel Green( see it ) and Joey Tribbiani( see it ) in their respective Knowledge Graphs.
"fun facts( see it )" or "i'm feeling curious" will show a fun fact. Once a search result has been given, clicking on "Ask another question" will show another question. It will show a short fact in about 1-3 sentences and a link to the website where the fact was found within a featured box at the top of the search results.
"google doodles( see it )" will result in showing a random playable Google Doodle and also show an archive of other playable Doodles.
"google logo history( see it )" results in a slideshow of the changes to the Google logo, starting with the logo used today and ending with one of the first logos from 1998.
"google tuner( see it )" will provide an instrument tuner that, via an authorised microphone, will listen to the user playing an instrument and with a GUI, show how to bring the instrument in tune.
"memory game" will pull up a memory game that you can play to test your memory.
"minesweeper( see it )" will result in a "Minesweeper" card. By selecting Play, the user can play Minesweeper, with 3 difficulties, being Easy (10 by 8 grid with 10 mines), Medium (18 by 14 grid with 40 mines), and Hard (24 by 20 grid with 99 mines).
"pac-man( see it )", "google pacman", or "play pacman" will show the Pac-Man related interactive Google Doodle from 2010. Clicking Insert Coin twice will enable a second player, Ms. Pac-Man.
"roll a die( see it )" will roll a six-sided die, and since c. August 2019, four, eight, ten, twelve or twenty-sided dice individually or as multiples in user selected combinations, all with an optional modifier to either add or subtract from the roll total.
"snake( see it )", "play snake", "snake game" and "snake video game" will result in a "Play Snake" card. By selecting Click to Play, the user can play the game on both desktop and mobile. By clicking the cog next to the play button, you can customize the game and even change the game mode. This is regularly updated with new features.
"solitaire( see it )" will have a playable game of solitaire. Users can select between two modes: easy and hard.
"spinner( see it )" will have an interactive spinning wheel and a fidget spinner which can be toggled via the switch. For the spinning wheel, a dropdown menu can change the number of numbers on the wheel: from 2 to 20. Whereas for the fidget spinner, users have to mimic a rotating motion in order for the spinner to spin.
"stopwatch( see it )" and "timer( see it )" will provide interactive timing methods; the stopwatch counting up and the timer counting down. Both tools are shown for each search term. Variants such as "set a timer for 10 minutes" can be used.
"tic tac toe( see it )" or "terni lapilli" will show a playable game of tic-tac-toe. Users can select to play against the browser at different levels – "easy", "medium" or "hard" (called "impossible") – or against a friend.
"tip calculator( see it )" will show a tip calculator that can help users to tip someone.
"translate( see it )" will show an embedded version of Google Translate tool in the search results, and in advance of Thanksgiving 2020, a turkey language was added to the selection of languages to which translations could be made. An example translation provided by sources for "how's it going" results in "gobble'gobble gobble gobble". All results are "Poultry Verified".
"what sound does a dog make( see it )" will sound out what a dog will make. The word "dog" can be replaced with other animals in the search query.
Google birthday surprise spinner
Searching for "google birthday surprise spinner( see it )" will result in a wheel that spins to one of a selection of playable Google Doodles, tools (see above) and games. Whichever is randomly selected may be opened, or the wheel may be spun again. It was added in celebration of Google's 19th birthday.
"what is the loneliest number( see it )" shows the number "1" in the calculator.
The result of multiple Easter eggs may be calculated; for example: "the number of horns on a unicorn plus the answer to life the universe and everything( see it )" will return "43".
Ahead of Pi Day 2021, Google added an Easter egg game to the calculator tool which tested players' knowledge and memory of Pi.
A Google image search for "atari breakout" or just "breakout" would start a game of Breakout, using the gallery of image results as bricks. Once the bricks were destroyed, a random phrase was automatically searched, the player got an extra ball, and the game restarted. The Easter egg was added in 2013 in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the original Atari game. As of May 2020 the game is no longer embedded on Google's Image Search.
In early test versions of Google Maps, searching for a route between locations separated by expanses of water (for example, Paris and New York City) provided road directions to the coast of the embarkation country (in this case, the west coast of France) before suggesting "Swim the Atlantic Ocean (3,500 miles)" or another ocean for a different distance.
The world of the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may be explored with Google Street View. Visit New York City in 1926 as brought to life in the film, as well as the real locations today. Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film's key characters. ( see it )
In Street View, on Earls Court Rd, London, United Kingdom, a TARDIS from the science fiction series Doctor Who is on display. Street View allows one to enter the TARDIS( see it ) where it is "Bigger on the Inside" and explore the set actually used in the show.
Searching for "R'lyeh" would take users to the coordinates of the sunken city. It was listed as a "Place of worship".
For April Fools' Day 2015, in certain areas in Google Maps, there was a button which started a game of Pac-Man, controlled by arrow keys and using the roads as paths for Pac-Man to travel along.
A similar feature was brought back for April Fools' Day 2017, allowing users to play a version of Ms. Pac-Man upon clicking the icon on the Google Maps webpage or mobile app.
On Mario Day (March 10) 2018, Google and Nintendo had partnered up to bring Mario into Google Maps mobile app worldwide for a week. A yellow icon with a question mark would show up at the bottom of the directions page, next to the start navigation button. Tapping on the icon would allow the user to have Mario and his kart as the navigation arrow. Tapping the icon 100 times would activate a 1-UP sound like in Nintendo's games.
With the release of Google Earth 5, the Mars feature allowed users to speak to a primitive ELIZA clone on the planet, by searching for "Meliza".
On July 20, 2005, the 36th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, Google debuted a version of Google Maps that included a small segment of the surface of the Moon. It is based entirely on NASA images and includes only a very limited region. Panning causes the map to tile. Zooming to the closest level used to show that the Moon was made of cheese. The map also gives the locations of all Moon landings, and the Google Moon FAQ humorously mentions a connection to the Google Copernicus hoax, which Google claimed to be developing. Supposedly, by 2069, Google Local will support all lunar businesses and addresses.
As if he is celebrating a birthday, wearing a red and white striped miniature party hat and holding three pastel violet, pink, and blue balloons in his right hand. A similar appearance was used on Street View's 15th anniversary on April 24–25, 2022.
On November 29, 2010, Reddit user "harrichr" posted details of "how to make Google beatbox for you!" and soon after, Robert Quigley reported the discovery in an article on "geekosystem.com" (now The Mary Sue), stating that he was "Not sure if this falls in the category of Easter Egg or clever manipulation" and that although he had "No idea why", it transpired that using Google Translate to translate nonsense text of all consonants from German to German and clicking Listen would result in machine generated speech that sounded like beatboxing. As time went on, redditors and other interested parties experimented with translation combinations, posting their results on sites including Hacker News where reader "iamdave" is reported to have posted "a pretty comprehensive Google Translate beatboxing guide". Three years later Time magazine published an article indicating that Google had acknowledged the existence of this "feature" with an Easter egg "Beatbox" tooltip when hovering over the "speaker icon" button after setting everything up to the aforementioned specification.
In January 2018, a Reddit user posted a discovery that when using Google Translate to translate the Funniest Joke in the World ("Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!") from German to English, the result was "[FATAL ERROR]".
Rolling over the I'm Feeling Lucky button causes the button text to spin, landing on a random phrase. Clicking on the button without text in the search bar will serve the corresponding web page.
( see it )When Ken Perlin visited Google February 2000, Sergey Brin asked him for a version of an interactive jumping heart character he'd created as a Java applet to be put on the Google site for Valentine's Day. "www.google.com/heart" will redirect to an archived page which is a preservation of the old, but still functional, Google interface, complete with the Valentine's heart and a banner that states "This site is an old friend from Google's past, kept in its original form. Enjoy!"[self-published source?]
"www.google.com/humans.txt( see it )" is a simple plain text file serving to remind its readers that Google is created by a large team of humans using many technologies. It asks for interested readers to visit their careers page.
"www.google.com/teapot( see it )" states, "418. I'm a teapot. The requested entity body is short and stout. Tip me over and pour me out." Clicking on the picture of the teapot or tilting the mobile device will result in an animation of it pouring tea into a teacup. The web page is a reference to the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol.
Since the version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of Google's Android operating system an Easter egg has been hidden. The Easter egg can be accessed through the "Settings" application, in the "About phone" section, by repeatedly tapping the "Android version" section. The animation is different in every version of the OS.
In 2.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) there is a painting of an Android next to a zombie gingerbread man, surrounded by zombies using cellphones.
In 4.1 – 4.3.1 (Jelly Bean) a red jelly bean appears, which if pressed will show its face along with the OS version. If this jelly bean is then long-pressed, an interactive jelly bean mini-game will appear. This is where one can fling the jelly beans around.
In 4.4 (KitKat) a rotating letter "K" appears, which if continually tapped turns into the text "Android" in the styling of a KitKat logo. If the Android logo is then long-pressed or twisted with two fingers a tile interface, known as "a daydream" called "Dessert Case", loads with icons from all previous versions of Android. It appears to be a mock of the Windows Phone interface.
In 5.x (Lollipop) and 6.x (Marshmallow), a colored circle appears (or a circle with a stylized M inside in Marshmallow). If continuously tapped, it will turn into a lollipop with the text lollipop inside (or the M changes into a marshmallow in 6.x). Tapping the circle changes the color. When long-pressed, a game of Flappy Bird starts with the Android mascot instead. In Marshmallow, tapping the plus sign adds extra players (up to five), which can be controlled by the user or other players.
In 7.0 (Nougat), an "N" appears, which will enable another Easter egg if tapped. This Easter egg, titled "Android Neko" as a reference to the cat collecting mobile game Neko Atsume, can be accessed from the Quick Settings menu, and allows the user to create virtual treats, which will eventually attract kittens. The kittens can be viewed in a gallery-style screen. Additionally, long-pressing on the aforementioned "N" repeatedly will alternate between displaying the no symbol and the cat face emojis, respectively toggling the Easter egg on and off. "No" and "cat" is a mondegreen for "nougat".
In 8.0 (Oreo), instead of the normal way of going to the Easter egg, heading to System > About Phone and tapping on the Android version repeatedly will launch the Easter egg. An orange circle appears, representing an "O" for Oreo. Long pressing on the center will open a blue screen representing a sea with an octopus floating around. The "O" in octopus represents Oreo while the eight legs on the octopus represent the version (8.0). The octopus can be moved by dragging the head around. Another minor Easter egg is included: going to System > About Phone and continuously tapping the Build number section results in a notification stating "You are now a developer!"
In 9.0 (Pie), the Easter egg is found by going to System > About Phone > Android version and then tapping three times on the Android version on the next screen. A white, extended "P" will then appear, usually with concentric colored circles disappearing into the "P". Each time the Easter egg is invoked, it displays different colors. The animation can be pinched to zoom.
In 10.0, the text "android 10" will appear, where each of the texts "android", "1", and "0" can be moved and rotated. Rotating "1" and merging with the digit "0" will result in the "android Q" text. In this state, tapping the "Q" several times will reveal a Nonogram game, where the resulting pictures are various icons of Android.
In 11.0, a dial will show up. It can only go up to 10. If a user turn it to the max three times, it will go up to 11. After this is done, a virtual cat Easter egg is unlocked. This one is also called "Android Neko", much like the Easter egg in Nougat releases.
In 12.0, a clock will show up. Setting it to the 12 o'clock position will show many circles with the colors of Material You, resembling an Ishihara color test plate. This Easter egg may trigger Trypophobia in some users, as the spots are close together. After opening the Easter egg, a widget will be added to the list of available widget which, when tapped on, shows all the colours in the Material You colour palette and tapping on one will open the share menu with details about the colour.
In 13.0, the same clock of Android 12.0 will show up. Setting it to the 13 o'clock position will show many circles with the colors of Material You and next by clicking many circles on Android 13.0 easter egg, you will see different emojis.
"Spells" may be "cast" on an Android phone by saying "Ok Google" followed by "Lumos" or "Nox" to turn the flashlight on and off, or "Silencio" to silence the ringer and notifications.
In the Google Phone (Dialer) app, inputting the "Emergency Number" "0118 999 881 999 119 725 3", advertised to replace "999" in The IT Crowd's season 1 episode "Calamity Jen", will cause the phone to vibrate and the call button to flash blue and red. The feature is supported to work on stock Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat, and is still present on Oreo (8.1) devices.
In Google+, if the device is shaken while viewing a photo, snow will fall; if the device is shaken again it will save an animated GIF of the image with falling snow to the pictures directory.
Searching for "let's go caroling" or "let's go carolling" on Google Now will result in an extra card which displays a list of Christmas carols. The phone will play the music and show the words if one of them is selected.
On a video published by Numberphile on June 22, 2012, titled "Why do YouTube views freeze at 301?( see it )", the view count is intentionally frozen at 301, referencing a bug that prevented the view counter from refreshing beyond 301 views.
Adding "&wadsworth=1" to a video URL would apply "Wadsworth's constant", skipping the first third(30%) of the video.
Whilst viewing any video, typing "awesome" makes the progress bar and other player elements flash multicolored. Typing "awesome" again stops it.
YouTube's robots.txt file at "www.youtube.com/robots.txt( see it )" states that it was "Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 1990s which wiped out all humans." This is an ostensible reference to the song "Robots" by Flight of the Conchords.
On December 12, 2015, in celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the progress bar was changed in order to look like a Lightsaber. By signing up to a specially created page, users were able to follow the Light Side (which would change the progress bar to blue) or the Dark Side (which would change the progress bar to red). Account users had the option to return the effect to normal. Google disabled it for all users, February 1, 2016.
A Snake game could be activated in the Adobe Flash player by pressing a combination of arrow keys whilst videos were paused or playing. Once started, the snake could be controlled by further use of the arrow keys, directing it to "gobble up dots" to increase its size. If the snake hit the edges of the video window, the game ended. The feature no longer works with the HTML5 video player.
When watching a video with "fidget spinner" in the title, the buffering icon would change into a spinning fidget spinner.
In 2011, the Nyan Cat video on YouTube was updated to show a custom progress bar with an animated Nyan Cat and a rainbow trail. The custom progress bar was later removed at an unknown date.
In December 2011, a button was added that would overlay a falling snow effect over most YouTube videos.
"webdriver torso" will return the results but with a red background and a blue rectangle around some videos. It also says "aqua.flv – Slide 000[0–9]" at the bottom left of the page. This Easter egg is a reference to the Webdriver Torso mystery. Google has confirmed that it is behind the Webdriver Torso mystery; it is one of many test channels used by YouTube to ensure video quality.
"technoblade" will cause a prompt to show up under the search bar, which reads: "Did you mean: technoblade never dies" This is in tribute to Technoblade, a popular Minecraft Youtuber who passed away on June 30, 2022.
If the user tries to browse when offline, a message is shown that they are not connected to the Internet. An illustration of the "Lonely T-Rex" dinosaur is shown at the top, designed by Sebastien Gabriel. From September 2014, tapping the dinosaur (in Android or iOS) or pressing space or ↑ (on desktop) launches a browser game known as the Dinosaur Game in which the player controls a running dinosaur by tapping the screen (in Android or iOS) or pressing space, ↑ or ↓ (on desktop) to avoid obstacles, including cacti and, from June 2015, pterodactyls. In 2016, another feature was added to the game. When the player reaches 700 points the game begins to switch between day (white background, black lines and shapes) and night (black background, white lines and shapes). During September 2018, for Google Chrome's 10th birthday, a birthday cake causing the dinosaur to wear a birthday hat when collected was added. Reaching a score of 900 will switch the color scheme back to day, and the switch back and forth will occur at further subsequent milestones. The game is also available at the "chrome://network-error/-106" and "chrome://dino"[failed verification] pages. The game's code is available on the Chromium site. Players attempting to play the game after an administrator of the computer disables the game receive an error message with an illustration of a meteor coming after the dinosaur saying that the administrator of that computer has turned off the dinosaur game. The Lonely T-Rex will blink when the user has not started it for too long. In a May 2020 update, Microsoft Edge added a similar game titled Surf that can also be played offline.
In Google Glass, tapping Settings → Device info → View licenses, then tapping the touchpad 9 times, will show a Tap Meet Team option. Tapping again will show a photo of the Google Glass development team.
Any photograph with Christmas lights uploaded to Google+ will be turned into an animated GIF, showing sparkling lights.
In Google's iPhone and iPod touch search application, swiping downwards (past About) repeatedly in the Settings interface brings up a hidden menu item, called Bells and Whistles, allowing customization of colors, sounds and more within the app.
elgooG – a mirrored website of Google Search with horizontally flipped search results
Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage – a hoax study that claimed to have correlated the IQs of 100,000 internet users with which web browsers they used, claiming that users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer had lower IQs than users of other browsers
^"Google 'Thanos,' click the Infinity Gauntlet icon right now". Dhaka Tribune. April 27, 2019. Archived from the original on November 5, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2021. If you Google Thanos, or the Infinity Gauntlet, the search results shows a preview of the Wikipedia page on the Titan as always. But unlike other search results, a small graphic image of Infinity Gauntlet has been added next to Thanos and Infinity Gauntlet on the preview of Wikipedia page.