There is a misconception among Google users that if a Google history is cleared in their browser. Their privacy is guaranteed.

In this post, I will share with you easy steps yet a detailed guide on how to download your search history, Manage, delete and set your browser in all devices to auto-delete your history on Google.

Google History

The bad news is – clearing your browser history alone does not keep your information safe. It goes down to knowing how to download your Google history, manage it, delete your Google history and set Google history collector App to automatically delete your histories, to safeguard your personal information from going out to the public or even landing in the hands of internet hackers.

How Google Keeps track of your Search Data

If I probably ask you what you searched for 10 years ago – I bet you will not remember.

But the case is different for Google. Google Web and App History keep a track record of all its users’ search history even up to a decade. The shocking thing is that your search history dated far back as 2009 is still on Google App history.

However, in this post, I will show you how to take control of your Google search history and keep your information safe.

Let it be known that deleting your internet search history from your browser has nothing to do with clearing your search history because Google has a separate web App that collects all your search history.

Here is the gist…

You can delete your Google search history no matter which browser you use; Chrome, Firefox, Apple’s Safari across all devices. Though the steps differ, but it’s easy.

How to Download Your Google Search History

Maybe you want your search history saved somewhere before clearing them. Google gives you an option to download and save your search history for future reference.

Here is how to download your Google search history:

  • Sign into your Google Account.
  • Go to your Web and App Activity section.
  • Click settings and select “Download”.
  • Click “Create Archive”.
  • Your download will be sent to your email. Alternatively, you can download it in zip format and save it directly to your device.

How to Manage Your Google Activity?

Here you will learn how to view your search history or any other activity through Google privacy settings.

Follow these simple steps to view your Google activity:

  • Sign into your Google account
  • Head to My Activity located in your privacy settings
  • All your digital activities carried out through Google services and products like Chrome, YouTube and Search will be displayed in chronological order. With an option to customize.

How to disable Google Activity tracking in your Google Account

Simply turn off the activity tracking algorithm following the below steps.

  • Go to the My Activity page
  • Click the Menu sign (⋮) to go to “Activity Control“
  • Toggle-off all the services that you don’t want Google to track.

How to Delete My Activity History in Google Account Permanently

Here is an easy way to do it:

  • Visit the “My Activity page”
  • Click to go to “Delete Activity by“
  • Change Date to “All time” and products to “All Products“
  • Click Delete
  • Click OK to delete if a pop-up appears

Deleting Google Search History in Browsers

Here’s how to view and delete your history in various browsers. (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari Desktop, and Safari Mobile,).

Deleting Search History in Firefox

Steps to follow:

  • Tap the menu icon with three lines on the upper-right side of the browser.
  • Click on the Library icon from the drop-down menu.
  • Tap on the History icon that comes up in the drop-down menu inside the Library tab.
  • Hit on the View History You’ll see options ranging from “Today” to “Older than 6 Months.”
  • Right-click on the option you want and press Delete.

Delete Search History in Firefox (Mobile device)

  • Tap the three-bar menu icon on the upper right side of the browser.
  • Hit the Settings button
  • Tap Search, scroll down and then clear the Show search history check box.

Deleting Search History in Chrome

Steps to follow:

  • Click the menu icon with three dots on the upper-right side of the browser window.
  • Tap history to go to your history use this shortcut (CTRL+H).
  • On the left-hand side, scroll to Clear Browsing Data.
  • A box will appear which will ask you how much history you want to delete.
  • If you want to completely clear out your history, also click the boxes for cookies and other site data and cached images and files.
  • Click Clear Data.

Deleting History in Chrome (Mobile Device)

  • Tap on the three dots, then on History
  • Click on Clear Browsing Data
  • Hit Clear Data.

Deleting Search History in Safari (desktop)

Steps to follow:

  • Click the Safari menu
  • Tap the History tab
  • Click on Clear History and Website Data.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose the time frame you want to delete but if want to clear all history then select all history
  • Click Clear History.

Deleting Search History in Safari (mobile)

Steps to follow:

  • Go to the Settings icon on the home screen
  • Scroll down to Safari
  • Tap on Clear History and Website Data.
  • Keep in mind that this process deletes every bit of your browsing data, as well as browser cookies.

Deleting Search History in Internet Explorer

Steps to follow for older version:

  • Click on the favorites button (the star icon) in the top right-hand corner.
  • Select the history tab and click on how you want to view your history (date, site, etc.)
  • Right-click on whatever you want to delete and select the Delete

Internet Explorer 10 & 11

  • Click on the Tools button (the wheel).
  • Select Safety and then Delete Browsing History.
  • This will give you several options on deleting files, cookies, and history.

How to Delete Search activity from Google Maps, YouTube and Other Google products

PC

  • Go to your Google account
  • Scroll the left-hand panel and click Data & personalization.
  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click My Activity.
  • From the left-hand panel, click Delete activity by.
  • Select the date or time you wish to delete and hit

Android phone/tablet

  • Open your device’s Settings app to Google or click on the Google icon from your phone’s main screen.
  • Click on Google Account or Manage Your Account (depending on which way you arrived at the account)
  • Click on Manage Your Data & Personalization
  • Under Activity and time, click My Activity
  • To the right of the search bar, click on the three dots and select Delete activity by
  • Select the date or time you wish to delete and hit

iPhone/iPad

  • Open the Gmail app. If you don’t use Gmail, go to https://myaccount.google.com/)
  • Click on Menu(three bars), then Settings, then your account, Click on Manage your Google Account
  • At the top, click on Data & Personalization
  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click My Activity
  • At the top right of the page, click on the three dots and select Delete activity by
  • Select the date or time you wish to delete and hit

How to Set your Google History to Auto Delete

Steps to follow:

  • Login to your Google account
  • Go to the activity control panel
  • Click on the “choose to delete automatically” button
  • Schedule if you’d like to delete your history automatically on a 3 to 18-month period.