How to Quickly Delete Your Google Search History

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Keep your browsing habits a secret

Google is one of the most popular search engines, and most Android users probably default to it without giving it much thought. However, there are times when someone can look for something unusual or embarrassing without going undercover. Luckily, it’s easy to clear your Google search history from your phone or computer with just a few clicks.

Deleting your search history from your Android phone

With your phone in your hand, it only takes a few clicks to delete your most recent queries or delete your entire search history. Keep in mind that if you’ve searched for something in the last 15 minutes, there’s an easy way to delete your queries during that time. Otherwise, follow the steps below for a more accurate way to delete your recent searches.

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From the Google Search app

  1. Open the Google Search application.
  2. Press your profile picture in the upper right corner.
  3. Faucet Search history.
  4. Before you can continue, you must confirm your identity. To do this, press the blue Check icon at the bottom of the page.
  5. To continue, press Continue and enter your screen lock pattern, password, PIN or fingerprint.
  6. your full Search history appears at the bottom of the page, with a X next to each item and day.
  7. Press the X next to each query or day to delete it.
  8. To bulk delete items from your search history, tap the blue Wipe off icon and select from the available options: delete today, Delete custom range, Delete all the time, Where Automatic deletion. The first three are self-explanatory and let you delete all searches for the current day, a specific time period, or all, respectively. Automatic deletion allows you to automatically delete searches older than 3, 18, or 36 months, allowing you to get rid of queries that are no longer relevant.


Whichever option you choose, your search history will be permanently deleted. However, your browsing history will not be erased. We are only talking about your Google search history here.

From Google Chrome

If you’re using Chrome, you can clear your browsing history in just a few clicks:

  1. Tap the three dots () in the upper right corner.
  2. Move towards Settings > Privacy and Security.
  3. Faucet Clear browsing data.
  4. Select the data you want to delete and from which range, then press Erase data in the lower right corner.

Deleting your search history from your computer or web browser

If you don’t have your phone handy, delete your browsing history from your web browser in just a few clicks:

  1. Access Google My Activity using your favorite web browser.
  2. Confirm your identity to continue. To do this, click on the blue Check icon.
  3. My Activity lists everything you’ve done using Google’s services, including apps you’ve used on your Android phone. To limit your query to your Google searches, click Filter by date and product and select Look for.
  4. Your full search history is displayed at the bottom of the page, with a X next to each item and day. Click it X next to each query or day to delete it.
  5. To bulk delete items from your search history, click the Wipe off icon and select from the available options: delete today, Delete custom range, Delete all the time, Where Automatic deletion. The first three are self-explanatory and let you delete all searches for the current day, a specific time period, or all, respectively. Automatic deletion allows you to automatically delete searches older than 3, 18, or 36 months, allowing you to get rid of queries that are no longer necessarily relevant.


Like on your phone, only your search history is permanently deleted, not your browsing data. To remove it using Chrome on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click the three dots () in the upper right corner.
  2. Move towards Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data.
  3. Select the data you want to delete and from which range, then click Erase data.

keep it private

Next time, use incognito mode to prevent Google and Chrome from recording your activity. Going incognito saves you from having to delete those embarrassing searches. Also be sure to check out our tips on how to improve your privacy on your Android phone to ensure your private data stays that way.

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