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

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Google logoWhenever your computer or mobile device utilizes a Google service, such as Google Search, Maps, or YouTube, any searches you perform are logged into My Activity. This feature is useful for those who need to view their search history or would like a general idea of their searching habits. However, for others, the information in My Activity may cause a privacy concern. To view, edit, and disable this feature, follow the steps below.

Note: This document relates to the history only of Google's services (including Google Search), not search history specific to any of the other Internet browsers. See our clearing browser history page if you are only looking for steps on how to clear your Google Chrome history or that of another Internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.

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.

Locating the My Activity page

  1. Navigate to the Google My Activity homepage.
  2. Once prompted, enter your Google account username and password.
  3. Once you've successfully logged in, you'll see a screen similar to the example below.

Google My Activity page

Viewing the history

Getting started

When you log into the Google My Activity page, all recent web search results are shown for the different services, as you can see in the image above. Under Today, next to Items, you can select the specific service for which you'd like to view the history. Otherwise, you'll see history for all of the services from newest to oldest.

Recent history

To view the history of pages you've recently visited, select Bundle view or Item view from the menu on the left, and then scroll down the page.

Older history

To find a page you've visited in the past, use the Search box at the top of the screen.

Tip: You may use the Filter by date & product feature to perform a more specific search of your history.

Editing and deleting the history

Getting started

When you log into the Google My Activity page, all recent web search results are shown for the different services, as you can see in the image above. Under Today, next to Items, you can select the specific service for which you'd like to delete the history. Otherwise, you'll see history for all of the services from newest to oldest.

Individual history items

To delete the history of one or a few pages you've recently visited:

  1. Select Bundle view or Item view from the menu on the left.
  2. Locate the entry you'd like to delete.
  3. Click the three vertical dot My Activity history entry option icon. icon on the right-hand side and select Delete.
  4. Repeat for each entry you'd like to remove.

Many history items

To begin, select Delete activity by from the menu on the left. Under the Delete by date section, you have a few options:

  • The first section allows you to pick a suggested range of dates.
  • The second section allows you to select a specific range of dates.
  • The third section allows you to filter deleted content according to product or service.

Once you've chosen all of your options, select DELETE at the bottom of the section.

Older history

To find a page you've visited in the past, use the Search box at the top of the screen.

Tip: You may use the Filter by date & product feature to perform a more specific search of your history.

Once you've located the entries you'd like to delete, use the steps from the two previous sections to remove them.

Disabling the history

If you'd like to disable all history tracking for Google's services, follow the steps below. Note that pausing this feature may hinder certain performance aspects of some of your Google services.

  1. From the My Activity homepage, select Activity controls from the menu on the left.
  2. In the page that appears, look for the Web & App Activity section.
  3. Click the pause Google History Pause icon and check mark Google checkmark icon icons to toggle them off.
  4. When prompted, confirm your decision on each selection.

Tip: In the future, you can quickly access this section by going directly to the Activity controls section.

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.