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Download Or Delete Your Google Search History

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Using The Internet
 
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You can now download (and delete if you choose) your entire search history with Google. It’s probably a pretty long history, since Google saves all of your searches.

To start with you’ll need to be logged in to your Google account. Then you need to head over to the Google History Page.

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In order for the data to be saved, you will need to have Web History turned on in your browser. There’s a lot of interesting data about your search activity on that page, including when you do the most searching.

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There’s a list of all of your searches.  This will include searches from tablets, phones and our computer.  As long as you were logged in to your Google account, the information is there.

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If, for example, I wanted to cover up my interest in Tim Tebow’s football career, I could put a check next to that search.

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Then click Remove Items.

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To download all the search information, click the settings gear and choose Download.

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You’ll get this Window from Google that explains that an archive will be created and saved to Google Drive for you to download.

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You’ll then be notified via Gmail that you file is ready.

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It will be saved to your Google Drive as a ZIP file.

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If you’d like to delete your search history, click that gear icon on the history page and choose Remove Items.

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You can select to remove recent searches or all of your searches from the beginning of time.

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Keep in mind that if you use the Google Now feature on your Android tablet or phone, deleting all of your history will pretty much render it useless as it relies on this type of data.

 ~ Cynthia

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