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 Google Chrome or another browser's history.

Whenever your computer is logged into a Google service, any of the searches you perform using Google Search, Images, Maps, or YouTube is 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.

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.

 Google Search History

Viewing the history

As can be seen above, you'll immediately see all recent web search history and results. To find a page you've visited in the past, use the search bar or select the date in the Web Activity calendar. In the left bar (not pictured above), you can also filter these results by video, maps, images, etc.

Editing and deleting the history

To delete a search query or a web page you've visited, select the associated check box and click Remove items.

To delete all your Web Search History, click the gear icon in the top right corner of the History page and select Remove items. Select The beginning of time and click Remove to delete all search history.

Disabling the history

Finally, if you want to disable this feature, click the Pause button. 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.

Tip: Keep in mind that Google still logs every search query and associates each query with your IP address, even with this feature paused. However, disabling this feature will prevent anyone who has access to your computer and your Google login information from viewing your search history. Additional details about Google's Privacy policy can be found on their Privacy FAQ.

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.