How to Delete Your Google Purchase History

Don't let Google keep track of your shopping

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If you use Gmail, Google can track every purchase you've ever made, even if it wasn't a purchase made from Google. Nearly everything you buy comes with an email confirmation or receipt. Every email confirmation for plane tickets, reloading your Starbucks card, etc, is something Google adds to your Google recent purchases list. Fortunately, you can delete this purchase history. You just need to know where to go.

Google collects your purchase history so it can make its apps and services more useful to you. Google can use airplane ticket emails to help Google Assistant remind you when your plane is about to depart, or it'll use your hotel confirmation email so Google Assistant can remind you of your upcoming trip.

How to Access Your Google Purchase History

To see your Google payment history and recent purchases, you just need to log into your Google account and visit the Google Purchases page.

Screenshot of the Google Purchases page

Here, you'll see all of your recent purchases, organized by date. If you scroll down you'll notice relatively recent purchases, as well as ones stretching as far back as the previous year.

How to Delete Your Google Purchase History

If you don't want a record of all of your purchases to exist on Google's servers, you can delete purchases from your Google purchase history.

If you only want to remove one or a few purchases from the Google History, you can do that right from the purchase history page.

  1. From the Google Purchases page, select the purchase you want to delete.

    Screenshot of selecting a purchase in Purchase History
  2. At the bottom of the payment detail page, select Remove Purchase.

    Screenshot of selecting Remove Purchase in payment detail page
  3. In the pop-up window, you'll see an explanation that to remove the purchase in the history, you'll need to delete the original email. Select View Email to open the email.

    Screenshot of the Remove Purchase confirmation
  4. The email will open in your Gmail account. Select the trash can icon at the top of the email to delete it.

    Screenshot of deleting an email

    

  5. You may need to wait between 24 hours and a few days, but the next time Google performs a scan of your inbox for purchases, this purchase will be removed from your Purchase History list.

Prevent Google From Using Your Purchase History

Unfortunately, there's no way to delete all of the purchases in your purchase history in bulk. There's also no way to stop Google from scanning your emails and adding purchases to this list.

However, there are a few important things to keep in mind if Google's monitoring activity bothers you:

  • The Purchase History list is only accessible to you, when you're logged into your account.
  • The only way to stop new items from being added to your Google Purchase History is to stop using Gmail.
  • Keeping your Gmail account clean (empty all emails) will prevent anything from showing up in your Google Purchase history.
  • You are able to stop Google from using your Purchase History in other products and services it offers.

To prevent Google from using your private Purchase History:

  1. Go to Google.com and select Settings at the bottom right corner of the page.

    Screenshot of selecting Settings on Google.com

    Make sure you're signed in to your Google account.

  2. Select Search settings from the menu.

    Screenshot of Search Settings on Google.com
  3. On the Search results page, under the Private results section, select Do not use private results. This will stop Google from using your purchase history in its other products and services like Google Assistant or Google Ads.

    Screenshot of Do not use private results setting

Changing this setting will make apps like Google Assistant less useful. You'll no longer receive reminders for things like flight departures or hotel reservations, for example.

Google Account Tracking

Even though Google tracks your purchase history based on incoming email receipts, it's important to keep in mind that the information is private and only Google has access to it.

If this form of tracking still bothers you, the easiest way to deal with it is keeping your Gmail inbox empty of any emails. Or, if the fact that Google is trying to track all of your activity bothers you greatly, you may want to consider seeking out an alternative email service.