We perform dozens of daily searches on Google, and we don’t think too much about the fact that they are stored somewhere. And if, God forbid, something were to happen to your Google account, then you would give away access to this sensitive data, as well. And Google doesn’t want that to happen to your account, so it has released the appropriate tools to use.

Go ahead access the new Google History webpage and you will be able to see there your entire search history, download it or choose to remove it. As you can see, you can customize your search to see queries by hour or day, and you can also ‘go back in time’ by clicking on the older button. But that can prove to be a little annoying, so just modify the web address as you can see in the screenshot from below and include the year and month you like.

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Besides its utility, this particular feature is actually pretty fun, as well, as it’s curious to see what you were looking for a few years back. If you want, you can remove just a few particular results that you have identified. So, you just need to select the particular search queries you want to have removed and that’s it.

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However, there’s also the easier option of removing multiple search queries in a chronological order. Thus, you can choose to remove items from the past hour, day, week, month or since ‘the beginning of time’, as Google puts it. If you choose to download a copy of your data, you will be able to create an archive of your search history data that  will only be accessible to you. You will receive an email when the archive is ready to download from Google Drive. Google also warns you about the following:

  • Do not download your archive on public computers and ensure your archive is always under your control; your archive contains sensitive data.
  • Protect your account and sensitive data with 2-Step Verification; helping keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.
  • If you have decided to take your data elsewhere, please research the data export policies of your destination. Otherwise, if you ever want to leave the service, you may have to leave your data behind.

If you’ll go to Settings, you will see that you can choose to include history from Chrome and other apps in your web & app activity dashboard, as well. Furthermore, you can enable the Location History (a private map of where you go with your logged-in devices in order to provide improved map searches, commute routes, and more), information from your devices (contacts, calendars, apps, and other device data), voice searches and commands, videos you search for and you watch on YouTube.

However, what I found especially useful is the option to search through my search history. Maybe it was available and before, but now it’s really easy to use and very helpful for those moments when you can’t see to remember the name of that beer brand you were looking for. The main feature, nonetheless, remains the ability to complete erase your search history, which could be a much needed option for privacy freaks.

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One thought on “Google now Lets you Download or Delete all of your Saved Search History

  1. I developed the only technology that does not need any kind of spying: no browsing history, no cookies!

    I discovered and patented how to structure any data: Language has its own Internal parsing, indexing and statistics. For instance, there are two sentences:

    a) ‘Fire!’
    b) ‘Dismay and anguish were depicted on every countenance; the males turned pale, and the females fainted; Mr. Snodgrass and Mr. Winkle grasped each other by the hand, and gazed at the spot where their leader had gone down, with frenzied eagerness; while Mr. Tupman, by way of rendering the promptest assistance, and at the same time conveying to any persons who might be within hearing, the clearest possible notion of the catastrophe, ran off across the country at his utmost speed, screaming ‘Fire!’ with all his might.’

    Evidently, that the phrase ‘Fire!’ has different importance into both sentences, in regard to extra information in both. This distinction is reflected as the phrase weights: the first has 1, the second – 0.02; the greater weight signifies stronger emotional ‘acuteness’.
    First you need to parse obtaining phrases from clauses, for sentences and paragraphs.
    Next, you calculate Internal statistics, weights; where the weight refers to the frequency that a phrase occurs in relation to other phrases.
    After that data is indexed by common dictionary, like Merriam, and annotated by subtexts.
    This is a small sample of the structured data:
    this – signify – : 333333
    both – are – once : 333333
    confusion – signify – : 333321
    speaking – done – once : 333112
    speaking – was – both : 333109
    place – is – in : 250000
    To see the validity of the technology – pick up any sentence and try yourself. After that try a paragraph?

    All other technologies depend on spying, on quires, on SQL, all of them. See IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Google an Yahoo? Apache Hadoop and NoSQL?

    All information will soon be structured and put into database; information is going to search for users based on their profiles of structured data, which cannot be read, used and understood by third parties in any way. The technology just does not require spying!

    The Era of Absolute Privacy is coming. No more spying!

    My technology exploits the Laws of Nature, which determine the inner construction of all Languages: I came from Analytic Philosophy, from Internal Relations Theory.

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