How Do I Delete Previous Google Searches From History?
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Having a record of everything you’ve searched on Google can be useful if you want to return to something you looked up earlier. But you might wish to clear recent searches for privacy or reduce the amount of data Google has about you.

We’ll show you how to clear previous searches on Google. This includes the Google search history tied to your account, as well as browser history.

How to Remove Previous Searches From Your Google Account

By default, Google keeps track of all the searches you make when logged into your Google account on any device. If you weren’t logged into Google when you made the searches you want to delete, you can skip to the next section that covers clearing your browser history.

To delete previous searches one-by-one, simply click inside the search bar on Google’s homepage and you’ll see a list. Choose Remove next to a recent search to erase it.

Google Remove Searches Homepage

This works for quickly removing a few terms, but it’s too slow if you want to clear all previous searches. To do this, click your profile picture in the top-right corner of Google and choose Google Account.

Here, select Manage your data & personalization under Privacy & personalization. In the Activity controls section, open the Web & App Activity section. Next, click Manage Activity and you’ll see a running log of everything you’ve done with Google services recently.

By every block labeled google.com, click the three-dot Menu button and choose Delete to erase that block of searches. You can also open individual searches and choose to delete them this way.

Google Clear Search Activity

At the top, you can search for a specific term that you want to remove. Use Delete activity by under the menu button to clear by date, or set up automatic deletion after a set time.

Prevent Google From Saving History in the Future

Disabling the slider on the Web & App Activity page will prevent Google from using your activity on search and other Google services to personalize your experience. This keeps recent searches from appearing on Google’s homepage and stops it from recording what you search in the future.

Google Activity Controls

If you often find yourself wanting to delete all previous searches on Google, you can use this switch to save yourself some time.

Edit Your Google History on Android or iPhone

To open this interface on your mobile device, open the Google app and tap your profile picture in the top-right corner. Choose Manage your Google Account, and you’ll be brought to a page where you can make the same changes as above.

How to Delete Previous Searches From Your Browser History

Google keeping track of your previous search history is only half of the task. As you probably know, your browser keeps a record of every page you visit in the History. You’ll thus need to clear previous Google searches from your browsing history next.

We’ll demonstrate how to do this using Chrome. Open the three-dot Menu and click History > History to open the interface. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H will also jump to this.

On this page, check the boxes next to every history entry you want to remove. Once you’ve selected them all, click the Delete button at the top of the page to take them out of your history. If the searches you want to delete are spread out, use the search bar at the top to show only google.com entries.

Chrome Remove History Entry

Instead of manually deleting items, the Clear browsing data tool on the left side of the History page lets you erase the previous history much faster. Open this anywhere in Chrome using the Ctrl + Shift + Del shortcut.

Here you can use the Basic or Advanced tabs to remove Browsing history, as well as other kinds of history like cookies and cached data. Chrome lets you pick a time period to delete history from; click Clear data when you’re ready.

Chrome Clear Browsing Data

If you use another browser, follow our guide on how to manually and automatically clear your browser history How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History The websites you visit leave tracks on your computer. We show you how to delete your browsing history in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer. Read More .

Use Private Browsing in the Future

Chrome Go Incognito

While it’s pretty easy to clear previous searches, you probably don’t want to have to do this all the time. To that end, you should make use of the private (or incognito) mode of your browser so it doesn’t save this history in the first place.

In Chrome, open the Menu at the top-right and choose New incognito window (or press Ctrl + Shift + N) to open a new private window. Follow our guide to using private browsing How to Enable Private Browsing in Your Browser How to Enable Private Browsing in Your Browser Want to keep your online activity a secret? Your best option is Private Browsing, so here's how to enable it on any browser. Read More to see how it works in other browsers.

Your browser doesn’t record anything you do inside an incognito window. Because you aren’t signed into any accounts, you can use Google without it recording what you search for. And the browser won’t save any history entries for that session.

Of course, you aren’t invisible in private browsing. Websites can still track what you do and access your location. But when you just want to avoid tying a few Google searches to your account and browser history, it’s quite handy.

Consider Switching to DuckDuckGo for Searches

If you don’t want to use a private window regularly or don’t like the idea of Google recording everything you look up, you should consider using an alternative search engine.

DuckDuckGo is beloved for its stance on privacy. It doesn’t track what you search, and still provides quality results. We’ve looked at how DuckDuckGo compares to Google DuckDuckGo vs. Google: The Best Search Engine for You DuckDuckGo vs. Google: The Best Search Engine for You DuckDuckGo is the privacy-focused search engine you've been looking for. But how do its features hold up against Google Search? Read More if you’d like more information on what it offers.

You don’t have to use it for every search, of course. But there are some kinds of information you probably look up, such as personal advice and medical issues, that you’d probably rather not share with Google.

Delete All Previous Searches and Move On

Now you know how to clear recent searches in Google, so they don’t appear anywhere connected to you. Once you’ve cleared them from your Google activity and browser history, they effectively don’t exist anymore. Use these procedures as needed.

If you’re concerned about Google’s reach, see other ways Google can track you and how to stop them 8 Ways Google Can Track You and How to Stop or View it 8 Ways Google Can Track You and How to Stop or View it Concerned that Google knows too much about you? Here's what data it collects about you and whether you can start deleting it. Read More .

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  1. Pat
    June 18, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    This was not at all useful. My Samsung phone insists on making Google my search engine (that is plain Google, NOT Chrome). I can find no menu button, nowhere with instruction to Clear Recent History. One search remains impossible to clear - and it extends to multiple pages. Every time I touch Internet button, up comes Google search and these pages. Have cleared recent searches from Firefox - quite straightforward! Have also tried - to no avail - to make Firefox my default browser/search engine. Frustrated and totally stuck!

  2. Ilemor_23
    June 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    uhm..thanks for the tips..but i dont know how will i do that coz my sister take the navigation,menu bar away of the mozilla window..before i can do that..how can i bring back the bars?! iplease teach me..i dont know how..!1

  3. Mulder
    May 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    There are easier, permanent ways to stop the accumulation of cookies and browsing history in various browsers, including Firefox and Safari.

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    May 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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  5. rono_ceh
    May 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

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  6. Nat Jay
    May 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    On a Windows machine, CCleaner does most of the history cleaning in a quick, easy and almost automated way. On a Mac, I tend to reset the browser to clear all cookies.

  7. Strodtbeck
    May 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Another very thorough tutorial. Most users don't even think about cookies, history, etc. However, with the current issues about security and social networking it's a wise thing to consider. I now use Chrome 98% of the time now and I have javascript, cookies, and plugins all disabled by default and only allow them for sites I know and trust and then I clear everything on a regular basis.

    At first it seems like a pain but in reality there aren't that many sites you actually need to use these things, javascript maybe but the other two not so much. One other thing about javacript is that it can be used maliciously by sites and some sites are now using it to set cookies. Even though you may block a site in your cookies exception list you will notice that site getting a cookie onto your browser. Block that site for javascript and you will most likely see that it can no longer place the cookie.

    One basic setting is to block all third party cookies ;)

  8. Strodtbeck
    May 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Another very thorough tutorial. Most users don't even think about cookies, history, etc. However, with the current issues about security and social networking it's a wise thing to consider. I now use Chrome 98% of the time now and I have javascript, cookies, and plugins all disabled by default and only allow them for sites I know and trust and then I clear everything on a regular basis.

    At first it seems like a pain but in reality there aren't that many sites you actually need to use these things, javascript maybe but the other two not so much. One other thing about javacript is that it can be used maliciously by sites and some sites are now using it to set cookies. Even though you may block a site in your cookies exception list you will notice that site getting a cookie onto your browser. Block that site for javascript and you will most likely see that it can no longer place the cookie.

    One basic setting is to block all third party cookies ;)

  9. techfz
    May 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

    this post very cool, thank