Control what activity gets saved to your account

You can use your Activity controls to choose what kinds of activity are saved to your Google Account. These settings apply on all devices that are signed in to your account.

You can change these settings and view or delete your saved activity at any time.

Activity that can be saved

Your Activity controls let you decide whether or not to save these types of activity:

  • Web & App Activity saves your search activity on apps and browsers to make searches faster and give you customized experiences in Search, Maps, and other Google products. You can also choose to save your Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services.
  • Location History creates a private map of where you go with your signed-in devices to provide improved map searches, commute routes, and more.
  • Device Information stores your contacts, calendars, apps, and other device data to improve your experience across Google.
  • Voice & Audio Activity stores your voice and audio inputs (for example, your "Ok Google" commands) to help recognize your voice and improve speech recognition.
  • YouTube search history stores your YouTube searches to make your future searches faster and improve your recommendations.
  • YouTube watch history makes it easier for you to find your recently watched videos on YouTube and improves your recommendations.

Change what activity gets saved

You can change these settings to control most of the activity that's saved to your account.

To turn your Activity controls on or off:

  1. Go to your Activity controls. You might need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. From here you can:
    • Save activity: Next to the activity you want to save, turn on the switch. In the confirmation box that appears, select Turn on.
    • Stop saving activity: Next to the activity you no longer want to save, turn off the switch. In the confirmation box that appears, select Pause.

View or delete activity

To see your searches, browsing history, and most other activity that's saved to your Google Account, visit My Activity.

To view and delete all activity saved through Activity controls:

  1. Go to your Activity controls. You might need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Below the activity you want to view or delete, select Manage activity. You'll go to a page where you can see and delete this activity.
  3. For help finding or deleting activity on this page: On the top right, select More Moreand then Help. (If you don't see this option, on the right, select Help Help and then Get help.)

When activity is saved

Activity is saved when you're signed in to your Google Account on any device. When an Activity control is turned on, Google may store information based on this setting.

Note: If you use more than one account at the same time, activity might get saved in your default account.

Learn more about the information we collect and how we use it to make our services work better for you.

Data about your use of products & services

When you use Google products and services, we keep some data with your Google Account, like when and how you use certain features. We keep this data even if you delete activity or other items.

For example, if you go to My Activity and delete a search you did on Google, we'll still know that you did a search, but not what you searched for. What you searched for will no longer be stored with your account.

The Google Privacy Policy explains how we use this data. It helps us to do things like:

  • Prevent spam and abuse
  • Improve our products and services, and develop new ones
  • Understand how different products and features impact each other
  • Get business insights, like how many people use certain products or features and for how long

We keep this data as long as it's relevant to meet uses like those above. If you delete your account, we remove this data from it.

Learn more about the data we collect and why.

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