How to Clear Your Google Search History

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Whether you use Google a little or a lot, you have full control over clearing your Google search history whenever you want. Follow the steps below to learn how to delete your Google history from your Google account, from Google's Chrome web browser or and from the Google app.

Clearing your Google search history doesn't mean Google automatically deletes all the data it collected about your searches. Google still keeps records about how and when you use certain features, even when you delete the details of your activity. If you clear a search query from your account, Google still knows you searched for something – just not exactly what you searched for.

How to Delete Google Search History From Your Google Account

If you regularly use Google Search while signed into your Google Account, such as on a personal laptop or desktop computer, one of the easiest ways to delete your search history is by accessing it.

  1. Visit myaccount.google.com in a web or mobile browser and sign into your Google account if you're not signed in already.

    Google Account page
  2. Select the Data & personalization category on the left, then scroll down to Activity and Timeline. Select My Activity.

    Data & personalization, My Activity buttons in Google Account
  3. To clear all of your Google search history, select the three vertical dots at the top of the screen to the right of the search field, then select Delete activity by.

    Delete activity by menu item on Google My Activity page
  4. Select the drop-down arrow beneath Delete by date: Today and change it to All time.

    All time submenu in Delete by date menu
  5. Select Delete.

    Delete button for Google Account
  6. If you want to clear individual Google search activity items, simply scroll through your My Activity page to find the search item you want to delete. Alternatively, you can use the Search field or Filter by date & product option at the top to find a specific search item.

  7. Select the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the item, then select Delete to clear it.

    Delete button for individual search history items

Clear Google Search History From Your Chrome Web Browser on a Computer

If Google Chrome is your main web browser, you can clear your Google Search history from within the browser itself.

  1. Open your Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.

  2. Select the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your browser.

  3. Select History from the drop-down menu, then select History again from the submenu.

    History submenu items in Chrome browser
  4. To clear all of your search history between a specific time and now, select Clear browsing data on the left side of the screen.

    Clear browsing data in Chrome History
  5. On the following tab that opens, select the down arrow beside Time range and choose All time from the drop-down menu to clear your history. Optionally, uncheck any of the items below if you want to keep them.

  6. Select the blue Clear data button.

    All time drop down menu and Clear data button in Chrome
  7. To clear individual search items, go back to the History tab and scroll through your search items or use the Search field at the top to find the item you want to clear.

  8. Select the three vertical dots to the right of it.

  9. Select Remove from history.

    Remove from history menu item for individual history item in Chrome

Clear Google History from Your Chrome Web Browser on Android

If you mainly use Google Chrome from your Android, you can also clear your search history from within the browser itself.

  1. Open the Chrome web browser app on your Android device.

  2. If your device is running on a newer Android operating system, you can swipe up on the address bar from the bottom, then tap History.

    If your device is running on an older operating system, tap the three vertical dots in the top right, then tap History.

  3. If you want to clear your entire search history, tap CLEAR BROWSING DATA.

  4. Tap the down arrow beside Time range and select All time. Optionally, uncheck any of the items listed below if you'd prefer not to clear them.

  5. Tap Clear Data in the bottom right.

    History, Clear browsing data, All time, and Clear data button in Chrome for Android
  6. If you want to clear individual search items from your history, go back to the History tab and scroll down to find the item or tap the magnifying glass to search for an item.

  7. Tap the X to the right of it to clear it.

    X button to clear History item in Chrome for Android

Clear Google Search History from Your Chrome Web Browser on iOS

If you use Google Chrome on an iPhone or iPad, you can clear your search history from within the browser.

  1. Open your Chrome web browser app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap the three horizontal dots in the bottom menu.

  3. Tap History in the submenu.

  4. To clear all of your search history, tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom.

  5. On the following tab, make sure Browsing History is checked. If it's not, tap it to add a checkmark. Optionally, tap to check or uncheck any of the items below.

  6. Tap the red Clear Browsing Data button.

    History, three dot menu, and Clear Browsing Data buttons in Chrome for iOS
  7. If you want to clear individual search items from your history, go back to the History tab and tap Edit in the bottom right.

  8. Scroll down or search for an item you want to clear, then tap the circle beside it to add a checkmark.

  9. Tap Delete in the bottom left.

  10. Tap Done in the top right.

    Edit, checkbox, Done buttons in Google Chrome History for iOS

Clear Google Search History From the Google App on Android

If you use the official Android Google app for all of your searches, you can clear your search history from the app.

  1. Open the Google app on your Android device.

  2. Tap the More icon in the bottom menu.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Accounts & Privacy.

  5. Tap My activity.

    More, Settings, Accounts & privacy, and My activity buttons in Google app for Android
  6. At this point, you'll be taken to the same web page as above, only on your Android device. Follow those steps to delete your activity.

Clear Google Search History From the Google App on iOS

Lastly, if you use the official iOS Google app for performing your Google searches, you can clear your search history from the app.

  1. Open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap the gear icon in the top left corner to access your settings.

  3. Under Privacy, tap History.

  4. Scroll down and tap My Activity.

    Gear icon, History button, My Activity button in Google app for iOS
  5. From here, the steps are similar to Android and the web, above. To clear all of your search history, tap the three vertical dots in the top right, then tap Delete activity by.

  6. Tap the drop-down arrow beneath Delete by date: Today and change it to All time.

  7. Tap Delete.

  8. To clear individual search items, search for or scroll through your My Activity page to find the search item you want to delete.

  9. Tap the three vertical dots to the right of the item.

  10. Tap Delete.