Delete searches & browsing activity

Your searches and browsing activity are saved in your Web & App Activity when it's turned on and you're signed in to your Google Account. You're in control of what's saved, and you can delete it or turn the setting off whenever you like.

Delete your searches and browsing activity

You can delete your past searches or other activity from your Web & App Activity page. Learn more about what's saved in your Web & App Activity.

Computer

Delete items one at a time

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. Check the box next to the items you want to remove.
  3. Click Remove items at the top of the page.

Delete multiple

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, click Options Settings > Remove items.
  3. Choose the time period for which you want to delete your history. (To remove all items, select The beginning of time).
  4. Click Remove.

Note: If you turned on the option to include history from Chrome and other apps in your Web & App Activity, visit the additional Web & App Activity page to see that information. If you only want to remove additional Web & App Activity from a certain device, choose that device in the "Remove items" dropdown menu.

Android app

Tip: If you want to delete your recent searches under the search box, touch and hold the search you want to delete > OK. The search will be deleted from the Google app and your Web & App Activity.

Delete items one at a time

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. Check the box next to the items you want to remove.
  3. Touch Remove items at the top of the page.

Delete multiple

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, touch Options Settings > Remove items.
  3. Choose the time period for which you want to delete your history. (To remove all items, select The beginning of time).
  4. Touch Remove.

Note: If you turned on the option to include history from Chrome and other apps in your Web & App Activity, visit the additional Web & App Activity page to see that information. If you only want to remove additional Web & App Activity from a certain device, choose that device in the "Remove items" dropdown menu.

iPhone or iPad app

Any searches that you do while using the Google app are stored on your iPhone or iPad (device history), and also in your Web & App Activity.

Delete recent searches from your device

When you’re searching in the Google app, you may see your recent searches appear as suggestions below the search box. You can delete these searches right from the search box.

  1. Open the Google app .
  2. Touch the search box that appears when you open the app.
  3. Swipe the search you want to remove to the left.
  4. Touch Delete.

Note: Any searches you've deleted from below the search box will be deleted from your iPhone or iPad device history, but a copy of the searches stays in your Web & App Activity.

Delete all past searches on your device
  1. Open the Google app .
  2. Touch the search box that appears when you open the app.
  3. Touch View search history.
  4. Touch Clear All in the top right corner > Clear on-device history.

Note: Any searches you've deleted from the Google app will be deleted from your iPhone or iPad device history, but a copy of the searches stays in your Web & App Activity.

Stop saving searches on your device
  1. Open the Google app .
  2. In the top left corner of the home screen, touch your photo.
  3. Touch Privacy > Browsing.
  4. Turn the "On-device history" off (grey). When On-device history is off, new searches you do won't be saved to your device and the pages you visit won't be saved to your Recents.
Delete searches from your Web & App Activity

Any searches you've deleted from the Google app will be deleted from your iPhone or iPad device history, but there will still be a copy of the searches in your Web & App Activity. Follow the instructions below to remove the searches from your Web & App Activity.

Delete items one at a time

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. Check the box next to the items you want to remove.
  3. Touch Remove items at the top of the page.

Delete multiple

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, touch Options Settings > Remove items.
  3. Choose the time period for which you want to delete your history. (To remove all items, select The beginning of time).
  4. Touch Remove.

Note: If you turned on the option to include history from Chrome and other apps in your Web & App Activity, visit the additional Web & App Activity page to see that information. If you only want to remove additional Web & App Activity from a certain device, choose that device in the "Remove items" dropdown menu.

Mobile browser

Delete items one at a time

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. Check the box next to the items you want to remove.
  3. Touch Remove items at the top of the page.

Delete multiple

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, touch Options Settings > Remove items.
  3. Choose the time period for which you want to delete your history. (To remove all items, select The beginning of time).
  4. Touch Remove.

Note: If you turned on the option to include history from Chrome and other apps in your Web & App Activity, visit the additional Web & App Activity page to see that information. If you only want to remove additional Web & App Activity from a certain device, choose that device in the "Remove items" dropdown menu.

Prevent future searches from being saved

  1. Visit your Account History page.
  2. Touch Pause > Pause history.

Tip: If you occasionally want to prevent your searches from being saved, you can search within an incognito window in Google Chrome while not signed in to your Google Account. If you're using a browser other than Google Chrome, check your browser's help instructions to see whether it has a similar private browsing mode.

Problems deleting my history

Deleted history in your Account Activity report

Sometimes searches you delete from your History page will still be visible for a short time on your Google Dashboard.

Searches still showing on the Web & App Activity page after they’ve been deleted

If searches are still showing after you’ve deleted them, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.

What happens to your searches and browsing activity when it's deleted

When you delete items from your Web & App Activity, they are no longer associated with your Google Account. However, Google may store activity separately to prevent spam and abuse and to improve our services.

Browser history

Your searches and sites you visit may also be stored in your browser or the Google Toolbar. Learn how to delete your history on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Toolbar, and Firefox.

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