Deleting your Google search bar history is easy and only takes a few steps. This guide will show you how to do it on your computer or phone.
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When you use Google Search, you’re not just looking for answers—you’re also building a personal (albeit semi-anonymous) record of your interests. That means every time you search for something, whether you realize it or not, you’re sharing a snap shot of your innermost thoughts with a faceless corporation. If that’s not the kind of thing that keeps you up at night, consider this: all that data is stored in a way that’s easy for Google to access and difficult for you to delete.
Fortunately, clearing your Google search bar history is relatively simple. Here’s how to do it on desktop and mobile devices.
What is the Google Search Bar?
The Google Search bar is a white box that says “Google search” inside. You can type anything you want into the search bar, and it will automatically appear in your default search engine. Your default search engine is the one that you see when you first open your web browser. It is usually Google, but it can be changed to another search engine like Bing or Yahoo.
How to Delete Your Google Search Bar History
If you want to keep your searches private or if you simply want to clear up some space on your device, you can delete your Google search bar history. Here’s how.
Method One: Deleting Your Entire History
If you want to delete your entire search history, open the Google app on your device and tap on the “Menu” button in the top-left corner. In the menu that opens up, tap on “Settings” and then on “History.” On the next screen, tap on “Clear history” and confirm that you want to delete your entire search history.
Method Two: Deleting Specific History Items
If you want to delete specific items from your search history, follow these steps:
-Open the Google app on your Android device.
-Tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
-Tap “Account & privacy” in the drop-down menu.
-Under the “Privacy” section, tap “Manage your activity controls.”
-Turn off the “Web & App Activity” slider. This will prevent your searches from being saved going forward.
-To delete your past search history, tap “OK” on the pop-up window.
We hope this article helped you learn how to delete your Google search bar history. You may also want to check out our other articles on privacy and security, such as how to clear your cache and cookies in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.