How do I view, edit, and disable Google search history?
Tip: This document relates to all Internet browsers, including browsers on a smartphone, and anyone using Google's services. See our clearing browser history section if you are looking for steps on how to clear the browser history within the Google Chrome browser or another Internet browser.
Whenever your computer is logged into a Google service, any of the searches you perform using Google Search, Images, Maps, or YouTube are logged into the Web History. This is a great feature for those who need to find something they may have searched for in the past or just want a general idea of their searching habits. However, for others, this may be thought of as a privacy concern. To view, edit, and disable this feature, follow the steps below.
Note: If you're not logged into any Google service, your web history is not logged by Google. It is only being tracked within your Internet browser.
Log into the Google History page at http://www.google.com/history. Once prompted, enter your Google account username and password. Once successfully logged in, you'll see a screen similar to the example below.
Viewing the history
When you log in to your Google account's history page, all recent web search history and results are shown.
To find a page you've visited in the past, click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner to search for a specific web page or website name.
You can also click the calendar icon in the upper right corner to open the Web Activity calendar to view history for a specific date.
In the left navigation pane, you can select Voice & Audio Activity to view history on any voice or audio content you have accessed.
Editing and deleting the history
To delete a search query or a web page you've visited, select the associated check box and click the DELETE link that appears at the top of the page.
To delete all your Web Search History, click the Open menu icon in the upper right corner of the History page and select Delete options. Select Advanced, then click on the Select date drop-down menu and select All time. Click DELETE to delete all search history.
Disabling the history
Finally, if you want to disable this feature, click the Open menu icon in the upper right corner of the History page and select Settings. Click the Pause icon and click the PAUSE option at the bottom of the Pause Web & App Activity window. This pauses the Web History feature from logging any of your searches and being displayed on this page.
You can also disable search history by going to https://www.google.com/settings/accounthistory/search. Once logged in, click the Pause option, then click Pause History in the pop-up window.
Tip: If you're not logged into any Google service, your web history is not logged.
Google App Search History on a Smartphone
If you want to clear search history from a Google app on a smartphone, including Android and iPhone, the following options and steps can be used to clear the search history.
Clear Recent Searches
To clear specific searches performed recently, open the Google app and touch in the search box. A list of recent searches should show below the search box. Swipe left on any of the searches displayed and touch the Delete option that appears.
Clear All Search History
To clear all search history, open the Google app and touch in the search box. Touch the View all history option to display all search history. In the top right corner, touch the Clear All option, then touch the Clear on-device history option. This should clear the entire search history for that app.
Turn Off Search Saving
In the Google app, you can turn off the saving of searches in the search history. To do this, touch the gear icon in the top left corner of the Google app. Touch the Privacy option, then the Browsing option. Select the OFF option for On Device History. Save this setting change by touching Done.
Note: Search history will still be saved in your Google account online. You need to disable history on your account to disable search history completely (see instructions below).
Disable Search History
To disable search history altogether, log into the Google History page at: http://www.google.com/history. Once logged in, touch the gear icon in the top right corner and select Settings. Touch the Pause option to disable search history.