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How to Clear Google Search History. You can delete single search history results from the autocomplete list on the Google search page. If you need to clear out a lot or all of your search history, you can use the Google My Activity page. Clearing your Google Search history will only remove items that you’ve typed into the Google Search box.. When you think about reasons for clearing Google search history, your first thoughts are probably about content of a salacious nature. That, or to keep those surprise party or anniversary plans a secret, of course.
But erasing stored Google searches is about more than keeping your past search habits private from a supervisor, spouse, or parent — and besides, there is always the option of using Incognito Mode on Chrome or Private Window on Safari to avoid a visible store of your searches.
More importantly, when you delete your Google search history, you remove all sorts of information that could potentially be used by shady characters. Beyond the funny videos, news stories, trivia, and other content, think of how many times you have searched for an address, a phone number, information about an employer, and other data that could help a hacker steal your identity, find you in person, or other unwanted outcomes.
So should you delete your Google history? Yes, from time to time, you should. And you should also control the types of searches Google saves in the first place.
For the record, Google as a company will still maintain data on much of your search history, logging how often you search for certain topics, for example. While perhaps disquieting, at least know that any data they maintain even after you delete your search history will never be openly displayed on your computer or mobile device.
Method #1: Clearing Your Entire Search History
- Open your web browser. You can do this from your computer or mobile device.
- Type myactivity.google.com into the address bar.
- Sign in with your Google account. Even if you’re already signed in, you’ll likely be asked for your password again. Sign in with the account that you want to delete the entire search history for.
- Click or tap the ⁝ button. This can be found in the upper-left corner. In larger browser windows, the menu will be open automatically.
- Click or tap Delete activity by.
- Click or tap the Today menu. This will let you change how much search history will be deleted.
- Click or tap All time.
- Click or tap the All products menu.
- Scroll down and click or tap Search. This will ensure that only your search history is deleted.
- Click or tap Delete. After confirming, your entire Google Search history for that Google account will be deleted.
- You can delete specific items instead of your whole history by tapping or clicking the ⋮ button next to an item in your “Item view” list and selecting “Delete.”
Method #2: Removing a Single Google Search Entry
- Open a web browser. Open the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
- Visit the Google website. Enter www.google.com into the browser’s address bar.
- Click or tap the Sign In button if you aren’t signed in. Sign in with the Google account that the search entry is associated with.
- Previous searches will only appear if you are signed into Google.
- Start typing the entry you want to delete.
- Look for the previous search entry. It will be purple instead of black.
- Note: The black results are autocomplete results based on common or popular searches. They cannot be deleted and have no bearing on your local search history.
- Click the Remove link or tap the X next to the entry. This will delete the search from your Web History.
- On mobile devices, you’ll need to tap “OK” in the pop-up that appears to confirm.