Manage & delete your Search history

When you search on Google with Web & App Activity turned on, Google saves activity like your Search history to your Google Account. We use your saved activity across Google services to give you more personalized experiences, like app and content recommendations.

In My Activity, you can:

  • Delete Search history saved to your Google Account.
  • Manage Search settings like what activity Google saves and when Google auto-deletes your history.

Your Search history can also be saved to your device, like when you use the Google app while signed out of your Google Account. Learn how to manage your on-device Search history.

Manage Search history saved to your Google Account

Delete Search history

Important: If you delete Search history that’s saved to your Google Account, you can’t get it back.

You can delete a specific activity, or delete your Search history from a specific day, a custom date range, or all time.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Search history.
  3. Choose the Search history you want to delete. You can choose:
    • All your Search history: Above your history, tap Delete Down arrow and then Delete all time.
    • A specific time period: Above your history, tap Delete Down arrow and then Delete custom range.
    • A specific day: Next to the day, tap Delete all activity from [day] .
    • A specific activity: Next to the activity, tap Delete activity item .

Control your Search history

Delete your Search history automatically
Important: If you set your Search history to auto-delete, you can still manually delete your history at any time.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Search history and then Controls.
  3. On the "Web & App Activity" card, tap Auto-delete (Off).
    • If you find “Auto-delete (On),” Google automatically deletes your Web & App Activity, which includes your Search history, after a specific time period. To change the time period or turn it off, tap Auto-delete (On).
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Pause saving your Search history
Tip: Your Search history isn’t saved to your Google Account when you search and browse the web privately.

To pause saving your history:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Search history and then Controls.
  3. On the "Web & App Activity" card, tap Turn off.
    • If you find “Turn on," you have your Web & App Activity and Search history turned off.
    • Optionally, you can keep Web & App Activity turned on and choose not to save specific activity to your Google Account. Under “Subsettings,” uncheck the box next to the activity that you don’t want to save.
  4. Review what happens when you turn off Web & App Activity, then tap Pause.

Manage Search history saved on your device

Delete recent activity in the search bar
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. Tap the search bar and find the activity you want to delete.
  3. Swipe it left and tap Delete Delete.
Delete browser history

Even if your Search history isn’t saved to your Google Account, or you delete it from My Activity, your browser might still store it.

You can delete your browser history:

Delete Google app searches saved while signed-out of your Google Account

If you use the Google app while you’re signed out of your Google Account, the app saves your Search history to your device.

Tip: If you delete your Search history in the Google app, it might still be saved in your Google Account. To find and delete your Search history saved to your Google Account, go to My Activity.

To delete Search history saved on your device:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Privacy and security and then History and then App history.
  3. If you find your Search history, tap Clear all.

To delete searches from the search bar:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. Tap the search bar and then View all.
    • At the top of “Recent searches,” if you find “Manage History,” you’re currently signed in to your Google Account.
  3. To delete a recent search, swipe it left and tap Delete Delete.
  4. To delete all your searches, tap Clear all and then Clear on-device history.
Stop using your search activity while signed-out of your Google Account
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Privacy and security and then History and then Signed-out search.
  3. Turn off Signed-out search activity.

Fix problems with your Search history

Deleted history shows in My Activity
  • Connect your device to the internet: If you delete your history from My Activity on one device, you might still find it on a device that’s offline. When your device connects to the internet, it removes your deleted Search history.
  • Clear your cache and cookies: Learn how to clear your cache and cookies.
The search bar lists your deleted history
If you use the Google app while you’re signed out of your Google Account, you might have the “Signed-out search activity” setting turned on. If it’s on, Google saves your Search history to your device.

To turn off ”Signed-out search activity":

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Privacy and security and then History and then Signed-out search.
  3. Turn off Signed-out search activity.

To delete Search history saved on your device:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Privacy and security and then History and then App history.
  3. If you find your Search history, tap Clear all.

How Google deletes your history in your Google Account

When you choose to delete activity manually or activity is deleted automatically based on your auto-delete setting, we immediately start the process of removing it from the product and our systems.

First, we aim to immediately remove it from view and the data may no longer be used to personalize your Google experience.

We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems. 

For limited purposes, like business or legal requirements, Google may retain certain types of data for an extended period of time.

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