How to Use the Google Devices and Activity Dashboard

Remain in the know when someone accesses your Google account or devices

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Google’s Device and Activity Dashboard allows users to view exactly what devices have been accessing their Google account information; this includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Photos, Google+, YouTube, and the Play Store. Monitoring your dashboard is a critical step in ensuring that your private information remains both safe and secure.

How to Access Your Dashboard

Accessing your dashboard is simple and can be done through any web browser by visiting the Google My Account web page.

  1. If you are not already logged in to Google’s services, then you will be prompted to do so now.
  2. Once on the My Account web page, scroll down and select Device Activity & Security Events under the Security heading.
  3. You will now be presented with a brief glance at your recently used devices; to view the entire dashboard click the Review Devices link.
Screenshot of Google's Devices and Activity Dashboard
Google's Devices and Activity Dashboard. Lifewire

What Does My Dashboard Showcase?

Your dashboard is aimed at detailing every device that has accessed your Google account within the last 28 days or is currently signed-in. The list will show Android, iOS, and Windows devices you have previously used to access your account, in addition to personal computers and web browsers. 

Alongside each device, you will also see a date and time noting when it had last accessed your account. If you are accustomed to switching between devices, then the list presented might be quite detailed. Take time to review each device in detail carefully.

How Do I View Detailed Information?

To view detailed information on a particular device, merely click on it with your mouse and the system will show you a collection of extra details such as the last location it was used. Depending on the type of device, the additional information that is provided may vary.

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Mobile Devices

A mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone will present you with a few details including when it was last synchronized with your account, what web browsers may have been used, and the exact manufacturer and model of the device. You will also be presented with an option to find the device if you have lost it.

Personal Computers

A personal computer such as a Windows PC or Mac will present you with a few details including what web browsers may have been used to access your account and a list of the most recent locations it was used. You might notice that your device has been used in areas that you have physically not been – continue reading on for more information.

How Do I Use My Dashboard to Stay Secure?

The most significant action you can take to keep your account secure is to carefully review each device, when it last accessed your account, and where the device was at the time. If you identify a device on your list which you do not recall, it is imperative that you first remove the device and then take security precautions to secure your account. Additionally, if your Google Dashboard notes that your device is being used in a foreign country, you may also want to consider securing your account.

However, determining whether an activity is also fictitious can be difficult at times. For example, you may have opted to sign in to a third-party app with your Google account; if that service is in another country, you might see that location logged within your account.

How Do I Secure My Google Account?

If you believe that you have stumbled upon scrupulous behavior and your account might be comprised, Google has made it extremely easy to make the necessary changes directly from the Dashboard. At the top of the web page, select the Secure Your Account link to be redirected to a Google Security checkup; from here, you can change your password and enable 2-Step Verification, along with with check your existing recovery information, account permissions, app passwords, and Gmail settings.

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If you find the need to remove a particular mobile device:

  1. Visit your Google Devices and Activity Dashboard, then scroll down to the affected device and click on it.
  2. Once selected, the device will show its additional details, near which will be a large red button labeled Remove.
  3. Just click the Remove button to delete the device, but do not forget to finish securing your account with the Google Security checkup as previously noted.