How do I view, edit, and disable Google search history

Tip: This document relates to all Internet browsers 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 any Google service any of the searches you perform using services such as the Google Search, Images, Maps, and 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's 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 the history

To delete a search query or a web page you've visited, select the associated check box, and then select the Remove button. To delete all your Web History click the Remove all Web History button.

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.

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. Disabling this feature though 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.