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Download (and Delete) Your Google History

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You can now download and review your entire Google history.  If you've got some things you're a little... embarrassed about, you can even delete it.

In order to better tailor your search results to what you actually want to find, Google saves a ton of information based on your searches.  Think about that for a second.  Google has every search you've performed, addresses you've looked up in Google Maps, products you've looked up, a list of people you've Google stalked, websites you've visited, maybe even that unsavory thing you were curious about that one time.

But now Google is giving you power over your history, and it's not even very hard to do.  Here are the instructions Google provides, along with some security tips, because you probably don't want this kind of thing falling into the public eye:

Download a copy of your past searches

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, click the Options (gear) icon  > Download.
  3. Click Create Archive.
  4. When the download is complete, you’ll get an email confirmation with a link to the data.

Note: Downloading your past searches does not delete it from your Web & App Activity page. Learn how to delete your searches and browsing activity.

Where your downloaded data goes

When you download your past searches, a copy of your history will be saved securely to the Takeout folder in Google Drive. You can download the files to your computer if you want a copy on your computer.

Depending on the amount of data you’re downloading, you may be have more than one file in your Takeout folder with your history in it.

Security tips

  • Don’t download your past searches on public computers.
  • Protect your account and sensitive data with 2-Step Verification, which helps keep others out of your account even if they have your password.

As you can see above, Google also includes instructions for how to delete your history.  Don't be too quick to do it though.  Deleting your Google history will keep you form receiving enhanced search results and, if you use Android, couple mess up your Google Now assistant.