Delete your activity

When you use Google sites, apps, and services, some of your activity is saved in your Google Account. You can see and delete this activity in My Activity, and you can stop saving most activity at any time.

Delete your activity manually

Delete all activity

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity and timeline," tap  My Activity. 
  4. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Delete activity by.
  5. Below "Delete Activity," tap All time.
  6. Tap Delete.

Delete individual activity items

For example, this could include a search you did on Google or a website you visited on Chrome:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity and timeline," tap  My Activity. 
  4. Find the item you want to delete. You can find an item a few different ways, including:
    • Browse by day. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Item view.
    • Search or use filters.
  5. On the item you want to delete, tap More More and then Delete.

Delete related items

Note: All similar activity might not be grouped together.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity and timeline," tap  My Activity. 
  4. Find the group of activity you want to delete. You can find it a few different ways, including:
    • Browse by day. (If you don't see groups of items: At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Bundle view.)
    • Near the top of the page, search for a term or use filters.
    • Find activity by date or product.
  5. At the top of a group, tap More More and then Delete.

Delete activity by date or product

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity and timeline," tap My Activity. 
  4. Near the top of the page, tap Filter by date & product.
  5. From here you can:
    • Add a date range.
    • Choose which Google products to include. (Note: Some Google products don't save activity in My Activity.)
  6. At the top of the page, tap Search Search.
  7. To delete activity, next to the search bar, tap More More.
    • To delete certain items: Tap Select. Tap the items you want to delete. At the top right, tap Delete Delete.
    • To delete all items: Tap Delete results.

Delete your activity automatically

You can automatically delete some of the activity in your Google Account

  1. ​On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," tap Web & App Activity or YouTube History and then Manage Activity.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Keep activity for.
  5. Tap the option for how long you want to keep your activity and then Next and then Confirm to save your choice.

Note: Some activity may expire sooner than the timeframe you choose.

Delete activity in other places

Your activity might be saved in places other than My Activity. For example, if you've turned on Location History, that activity is saved to your Maps Timeline instead. You can delete most of your activity that's saved in those places.

Delete other activity saved to your account

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity and timeline," tap  My Activity. 
  4. At the top right of the page, tap More More and then Other Google activity.
  5. From here you can:
    • Delete certain activity: Below the activity, tap Delete.
    • Get to the right place to delete activity: Below the activity, tap Visit or View.

Delete browser activity

Your activity might be stored in your browser, even if you delete it from My Activity.

Delete Google app searches from your device

If you use the Google app on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Your activity might be saved to the device, even if you delete it from My Activity.
  • Activity you delete in the Google app might not be deleted from My Activity.

Delete recent searches

To delete recent searches that show up below the search bar:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google app.
  2. Tap the search bar and then View all.
  3. Find the search you want to remove, then swipe it to the left.
  4. Tap Delete.

Delete all past searches

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google app.
  2. Tap the search bar and then View all.
  3. Tap Clear all and then Clear on-device history.

Stop saving searches

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More More and then Turn on incognito. This also stops recent searches from showing up below the search bar.

Learn how to search & browse privately.

Stop saving activity

You can control most of the information that’s displayed in My Activity.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then your account and then Manage your Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," tap Manage your activity controls.
  4. Turn off the activity you don’t want to save.

Note: Some activity isn't included in My Activity.

Stop saving activity temporarily

You can search and browse the web privately.

Note: If you sign in to your Google Account in a private browsing window, your search activity may be stored in that account.

Fix problems

Deleted activity shows in My Activity

  • Make sure the device is connected to the internet. If you delete items from My Activity on one device, they might still appear on any devices that are offline. When the device connects to the internet, the items will be removed.
  • Clear your cache and cookies.

How your activity is deleted

When you use Google sites, apps, and services, some of your activity is saved in your Google Account. Most of this data is kept until you delete it, like when you manually delete or set time periods to automatically delete your data in My Activity. Some data may expire sooner.

When you delete data, we follow a policy to safely and completely remove it from your account. First, deleted activity is immediately removed from view and no longer used to personalize your Google experience. Then, we begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems.

Even when activity is deleted, some data about your use of Google services may be kept for the life of your Google Account. For example, after you delete a search from My Activity, your account will store the fact that you searched for something, but not what you searched for.

Sometimes we retain certain information for an extended period of time to meet specific business needs or legal requirements. When you delete your Google Account, much of this information is also removed.

Learn more about the data we retain and why.

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