Delete searches & other activity

You can delete past searches, browsing history, and other activity from your Google Account. You're in control of what's stored in My Activity, and you can stop saving most activity at any time. Learn more about My Activity and what's saved there.

Delete My Activity items

Delete all activity

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to My Activity.
  2. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Delete activity by.
  3. Below "Delete by date," tap the Down arrow Down Arrow and then All time.
  4. Tap Delete.

Delete individual activity items

For example, this could include a search you did on Google or a website you visited on Chrome:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to My Activity.
  2. Find the item you want to delete. You can find an item a few different ways, including:
    • Browse by day. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Item view.
    • Search or use filters.
  3. On the item you want to delete, tap More More and then Delete.

Delete related items

Note: All similar activity might not be grouped together.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to My Activity.
  2. Find the group of activity you want to delete. You can find it a few different ways, including:
    • Browse by day. (If you don't see groups of items: At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Bundle view.)
    • Near the top of the page, search for a term or use filters.
    • Find activity by date or product.
  3. At the top of a group, tap More More and then Delete.

Delete activity by date or product

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to My Activity.
  2. Near the top of the page, tap Filter by date & product.
  3. From here you can:
    • Add a date range.
    • Choose which Google products to include. (Note: Some Google products don't save activity in My Activity.)
  4. At the top of the page, tap Search Search.
  5. To delete activity, next to the search bar, tap More More.
    • To delete certain items: Tap Select. Tap the items you want to to delete. At the top right, tap Delete Delete.
    • To delete all items: Tap Delete results.

Delete activity in other places

Your activity might be saved in places other than My Activity. For example, if you've turned on Location History, that activity is saved to your Maps Timeline instead. You can delete most of your activity that's saved in those places.

Delete other activity saved to your account

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to My Activity.
  2. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Other Google activity.
  3. From here you can:
    • Delete certain activity: Below the activity, tap Delete.
    • Get to the right place to delete activity: Below the activity, tap Visit.

Delete browser activity

Your activity might be stored in your browser, even if you delete it from My Activity.

Delete Google app searches from your device

If you use the Google app on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Your activity might be saved to the device, even if you delete it from My Activity.
  • Activity you delete in the Google app might not be deleted from My Activity.

Delete recent searches

To delete recent searches that show up below the search bar:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Tap the search bar and then View all.
  3. Find the search you want to remove, then swipe it to the left.
  4. Tap Delete.

Delete all past searches

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Tap the search bar and then View all.
  3. Tap Clear all and then Clear on-device history.

Stop saving searches

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the top left, tap your profile image or initials.
  3. Under "Privacy," tap History.
  4. Turn off On-device history. (Note: This action also stops recent searches from showing up below the search bar.)

Stop saving activity

You can control different types of activity that are saved in My Activity.

Stop saving activity completely

You can prevent searches, browsing history, and most other activity from being saved to your account:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Activity controls.
  2. Turn off the activity you don’t want to save.

Stop saving activity temporarily

You can search and browse the web privately.

Note: If you sign in to your Google Account in a private browsing window, your search activity may be stored in that account.

Fix problems

Deleted activity shows in My Activity

  • Make sure the device is connected to the internet. If you delete items from My Activity on one device, they might still appear on any devices that are offline. When the device connects to the internet, the items will be removed.
  • Clear your cache and cookies.

Data about your use of products & services

When you use Google products and services, some of your data is kept in your Google Account. This includes when and how you use certain features. 

Your use of products and services is saved, even if you delete the details of your activity or other items. For example: after you delete a search from My Activity, your account will store the fact that you searched for something, but not what you searched for.

The Google Privacy Policy explains how Google uses this data. It helps Google do things like:

  • Prevent spam and abuse
  • Improve products and services, and develop new ones
  • Understand how different products and features impact each other
  • Get business insights, like how many people use certain products or features and for how long

This data is saved as long as it's relevant to meet uses like those above. If you delete your account, this data is removed from it.

Learn more about the data Google collect and why.

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