Search and browse privately
You’re in control of what information you share with Google when you search. To browse the web more privately, you can use private browsing, sign out of your account, change your custom results settings, or delete past activity.
If you want to search the web without saving your web activity, you can use private browsing mode on a browser (like Chrome or Safari).
How private browsing works
- Searches you do, sites you visit, and files you download aren't recorded in your browsing and download histories.
- Cookies are deleted after you close your private browsing window.
Follow these steps to check whether you’re signed out:
- Visit any Google page, like google.com.
- Look in the top right of the page.
- If you see the "Sign in" button, you’re already signed out of your account.
- If you don’t see the "Sign in" button, click your photo or email address, then click Sign out.
Your search and ad results may be customized even if you're signed out. For example, you might see results based on results you click, including links to apps.
To remove these results, follow these steps:
- Open the Control your Google ads page.
- If you haven't already, sign in to your Google Account.
Next to "Ads personalization," turn off the setting. This will turn the setting off for anyone who uses your same browser and device unless they sign in.
Delete your past searches and browsing activity
Learn how to delete your past searches or turn off your Web & App Activity to prevent searches from being saved.
Delete recent history
Your searches, pages you visit, and other web activity might be stored in your browser or the Google Toolbar. Learn how to delete your history on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Toolbar, and Firefox.
Delete past browsing history
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