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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're using a browser (like Chrome or Firefox) on your mobile device, these tips can help you search the web more privately. These tips don’t work on the Google app for Android phones.

How private browsing works

  • Searches you do and sites you visit aren't recorded in your browsing and download histories.
  • Cookies are deleted after you close your private browsing window.
Open private browsing mode

To browse the web without saving your past searches and other activity, turn on private browsing in a mobile browser.

Use private browsing on Firefox for Android.

Sign out of your Google Account

Follow these steps to check if you’re signed out of your browser:

  1. Visit any Google page, like google.com.
  2. Look in the top right corner 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, tap your photo or email address and then Manage accounts and then Sign out of Chrome.
Remove all custom results

Your search and ad results may be customized even if you're signed out. For example, you might see results based on which results you tap, including links to apps.

To remove these results, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control your Google ads page.
  2. If you haven't already, sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Next to "Ads personalization," turn off the setting.

Delete your past searches and browsing activity

Delete your browser history

Delete recent history

Your searches, pages you visit, and other web activity may also be stored in your browser or the Google Toolbar. Learn how to delete your history on Chrome and Firefox.

Delete past browsing history

Past browsing and download history may be stored in your browser’s cache. Learn how to clear your browser's cache and cookies on Chrome and Firefox.

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