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11/21/17
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Timothy Bowling

Why Is Google showing my previous search history?

Today when I opened Google, I saw a list of my previous searches open underneath the search box. Does Google really think this is a good idea? I don't want anyone who might be looking over my shoulder to see my previous search history. What if I searched for something personal, like how to treat hemorrhoids? So I'm hoping a setting is out of whack, or this is some sort of test on a new 'feature' that Google is trying out. Until I get this issue resolved, you can find me at Bing.com using Firefox.
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Penelope Joy
11/21/17
Penelope Joy
Hi Timothy,

Welcome to Google Search and Assistant Help Forum.

Some articles that might help you out about controling what is saved in search history and also how to delete: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/54068 and https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/7028918.

Turn Web & App Activity on or off

  1. Visit the Activity controls page. You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Turn the switch on or off.
  3. If you turn the switch on, you can check the box next to "Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services."

Note: Some browsers and devices may have more settings that affect how this activity is saved.



Change what activity gets saved

You can control most of the information that's saved in My Activity. To change these settings:

  1. Go to 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. Select Turn on.
    • Stop saving activity: Next to the activity you don't want to save, turn off the switch. Select Pause.

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


Penalope

bluequoll (Google Search)
11/21/17
bluequoll (Google Search)
You could also take a look at this topic, which appears to be on the same subject:
https://productforums.google.com/d/topic/websearch/pQ3-NP8T1Nw/discussion
questions12345
11/21/17
questions12345
This was a terrible idea!  Not sure who would think this was a good idea.
bluequoll (Google Search)
11/21/17
bluequoll (Google Search)
While it's always interesting to read other users' comments in this user-to-user forum, please also be sure to send your feedback direct to Google, so they know what you think about it. Click the "Send feedback" link, in Settings on the Google Search homepage, or at the bottom of the results page.
Andrea McIntosh
11/21/17
Andrea McIntosh
Hi, I noticed the same issue with my previous searches showing up today, too.  I'm not really satisfied with the help article though.  I don't actually want to "turn off" having my activity saved.  I'm fine with my previous searches and activity getting saved and used to customize my web experience.  I just don't want my previous searches to be displayed when I select the search textbox.  Surely there's a way to have the best of both worlds, where my activity is saved but not displayed to me every time I open Google Search?
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