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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.

Search and browse privately

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.
Open private browsing mode
Learn how to search privately on these browsers:
Sign out of your Google Account

Follow these steps to check whether you’re signed out:

  1. Visit any Google page, like google.com.
  2. 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.
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 click, including links to apps.

To remove these results, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you're signed out of your Google Account.
  2. Open the Control your Google ads page.
  3. Next to "Ads based on your interests," 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

Delete your browser history

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

Past browsing and download history might be stored in your browser’s cache. Learn how to clear your browser's cache and cookies on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox.

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