How to Delete Google’s Records of Everything You’ve Browsed Online

According to the Independent, “Google could have a complete list of almost everything you’ve ever looked at.” Here’s how to delete it.


“The list will at least include every Google search you’ve ever done while signed in. But if you use Google Chrome, it will also include just about every website you’ve ever visited, all catalogued by date and time, and completely searchable,” the Independent explained.

The report claims Google keeps this information partly “so that it can be useful to you” but “mostly so that Google can use that information for its ads, learning what you’re into and what marketing is most likely to appeal.”

Users can turn off the feature by heading to “Activity Controls,” before deselecting “Web & App Activity” on the page.

If users want to keep the majority of the feature but turn off Google’s ability to receive information from third party services, you can just make sure that “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services” is unticked.

On the same “Activity Controls” page, users can also disable location tracking, contact and calendar storing, Google’s ability to record and store your voice recordings, and YouTube search and watch history.

By Charlie Nash