View account activity in the Google Dashboard
You can see information about how you’ve used Google’s products by visiting the Google Dashboard. You can also get to the settings of most Google products you use from there. And if you think someone may have gained access to your account, you can use the Google Dashboard to check for suspicious account activity.
Review account activity
You can see an overview of when you last used a product and what you did with it by clicking on that product’s name in the dashboard. A section will expand to show your most recent activity on the product, such as the last email you read in the Gmail section or the last search you did in the Web History section.
Some products will also include a summary of how you’ve used that product over the last 28 days. For example, if you use Calendar, you can see who you’ve most met over the last four weeks. 28 day account activity is available for the following products:
- Web History
Edit settings for a product
The dashboard provides links to pages where you can manage the settings for a product. For example, you can delete your Web History, or choose not to store your chat history in Gmail. To change the settings for a product:
- Go to the Google Dashboard.
- Click the name of the product whose settings you’d like to edit.
- You’ll see links in the upper right hand corner of the product’s section to manage your settings.
- Clicking a link will bring you directly to a page in that product where you can see more details and edit settings. For example, if you’d like to clear your recent searches, click the “Remove Web History items” link in the upper right hand corner of the “Web History” section.
Your Google Dashboard focuses on the most popular products that you use when you're signed in to your Google Account. It only shows data that you generate or that Google records that's specifically associated with your Google Account. You can learn more about the other types of data Google records that aren't listed on the Dashboard.
Check for suspicious account activity
To help protect your Google Account, we recommend you review your Recent Activity to make sure you remember taking the actions listed. You can also check parts of your dashboard for signs of suspicious activity like:Access from an unusual geographic location
If you use certain apps like Picasa to sign in to Google, you may see a browser listed in the “Account” section of your dashboard you don’t recognize. That’s because some apps have to use certain kinds of browsers to let you sign in.
Sign up for a monthly reminder
You can sign up to receive a monthly email reminder to visit your dashboard:
- Sign in to your account at accounts.google.com.
- Click Data tools at the top of your page.
- In the Data tools box, click the “View Account Data” link to the right of Dashboard.
- Re-enter your password if asked.
- Check the box at the top of the page to “Send me monthly reminders to check my account activity.”