Google is the Big Brother of the online world with unlimited access to your search history. It collects mountains of data from you, a lot from your search activity. However, the search giant also offers ways you can limit the amount of data on you – although they are not always easy to find.
That’s all changing as Google has simplified the process of both seeing and deleting your search activity.
How to control your search history
Rather than going to your Google account, you will be able to see your history every time you search for something. When you search for something using Chrome, you’ll be able to manage your entire search history without leaving the browser.
According to PCWorld.com, this is how it works on phones:
- Log into your Google account in Chrome.
- After initiating a search, tap the hamburger menu to the left of the Google logo
- Select Your data in Search
- Scroll down to Your recent activity
- Tap All Search activity
In desktop Chrome, you have to click the new “Control your data in Google Search” link under the Google Search, and I’m Feeling Lucky buttons on Google’s home page. Or, you can go to Settings > Your data in Search option from a search results page.
As a result, you will bring up your full search activity page for your account. From there, you will be able to see all your recent activity, delete individual results or full days of history using the three dot menus beside each search term.
On the first Your data in Search page, Google has added buttons that let you either delete your search activity for the past hour or nuke your entire search history if you want to start all over.
You’ll also find quick toggles for Web & App Activity, and Voice & Audio Activity, so you can quickly turn off access, as well as Ad personalisation settings.
This change has started
Google has begun rolling out this change in Chrome and other desktop and mobile browsers and will be pushing the transition to the Google app on iOS and Android soon. Google also promises to expand the feature to Maps in 2019, as well as “many other Google products.”