How to Clear Your Google Search History

Delete your activity in an app or on the desktop

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 from the Google iOS or Android app.

Clearing your Google search history doesn't mean Google deletes your search data. Google still keeps records about how and when you use certain features, even when you delete the details of your activity.

How to Delete the Search History From Your Google Account

If you regularly use Google Search while signed in to your Google Account, such as on a personal laptop or desktop computer, it's easy to delete your search history.

  1. Visit myaccount.google.com in a web or mobile browser, and sign in to 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 All Time in the Delete Activity box.

    Select All Time to delete Google activity
  5. Choose which services to delete activity from, or Select All to select all categories. Select Next.

    Choose which services to delete Google Activity from
  6. In the confirmation box, select Delete to permanently delete your Google activity.

    Select Delete to delete your Google Activity

    To delete individual Google search activity items, scroll through your My Activity page (or use the search function), find the search item you want to delete, select the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the item, then select Delete.

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 dropdown menu, then select History again from the submenu.

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

    To clear individual search items, go back to the History tab and scroll through your search items, or use the Search history field at the top to find the item you want to clear.

    Clear browsing data in Chrome History
  5. On the following tab, select the down arrow beside Time range and choose All time from the dropdown menu to clear your history. Optionally, uncheck any of the items 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. Select the three vertical dots to the right of an item you want to clear, and 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. 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.

    Alternatively, if you want to clear individual search items from your history, scroll down to find the item, or tap the magnifying glass to search for an item and then tap the X to the right of the individual item to clear it.

  4. If you're clearing the entire history, 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

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 and then tap it a second time to confirm you want to clear the data.

    History, three dot menu, and Clear Browsing Data buttons in Chrome for iOS

Clear Individual Items

Sometimes there are items in your history that you want to keep for a while or even just specific items you want to get rid of. To clear individual search items, follow these steps:

  1. On the History tab tap Edit in the bottom right.

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

  3. Tap Delete in the bottom left.

  4. 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 and iOS

If you use the official Android Google app for all of your searches, you can clear your search history from the app by going to More > Search activity and then using the steps listed above to delete your activity.