Control what activity gets saved to your account

You can use your Activity controls to choose what kinds of activity are saved in your Google Account. These settings apply on all phones that are signed in to your account.

You can change these settings and view or delete your saved activity at any time.

Activity that can be saved

Your Activity controls let you decide whether or not to save these types of activity:

  • Web & App Activity saves your searches and other activity on Google services to make searches faster and give you customized experiences in Search, Maps, and other Google products. You can also choose to save your:
    • Chrome history and activity from sites, apps, and devices that use Google services
    • Audio recordings from your interactions with Google Search, Assistant, and Maps
  • Location History creates a private map of where you go with your signed-in phones to provide improved map searches, commute routes, and more.
  • YouTube History stores:
    • Your YouTube search history to make your future searches faster and improve your recommendations.
    • Your YouTube watch history to make it easier for you to find your recently watched videos on YouTube, avoid getting recommendations for already watched videos, and improve your recommendations.

Change what activity gets saved

You can change these settings to control most of the activity that's saved in your account.

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," click an Activity control.
  4. Turn the Activity control on or off.

See or delete activity

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," click an activity control and then Manage activity.
  4. Use the tool to see your activity. Learn how to delete Location History from your Timeline or delete data from My Activity.
 

When activity is saved

Activity is saved when you're signed in to your Google Account on any phone. When an Activity control is turned on, Google may store information based on this setting.

Note: If you use more than one account at the same time, activity might get saved in your default account.

Learn more about the information we collect and how we use it to make our services work better for you.

How your activity is deleted

When you choose to delete activity manually or activity is deleted automatically based on your auto-delete setting, we immediately start the process of removing it from the product and our systems.

First, we aim to immediately remove it from view and the data may no longer be used to personalize your Google experience.

We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems. 

Along with helping you delete data manually or automatically, Google may delete some types of activity sooner when it’s no longer useful to improve your experience. 

For limited purposes, like business or legal requirements, Google may retain certain types of data for an extended period of time.

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