Do you need to identify a webpage or website you visited some time ago but can’t recall where it was? Maybe you discovered it on your phone before, but now you’re having difficulties finding it on your computer. Google, fortunately, maintains track of all the web pages and links you’ve ever visited.
You may utilize the history feature to locate any webpage you’ve visited and return to it as if you’d never lost it in cyberspace—or your mind. Here’s how to get the most of Google’s search history feature.
Note: As long as your Gmail profile is synced across all of your devices, you may see your Google account history at any time and from any device. Google retains a complete record of your online and product searches, as well as the photographs and videos you’ve viewed, apps you’ve used, and blog posts you’ve read.
Viewing Your Search History
Any device with a browser, such as a Windows PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet, can see your Google account history. You only need your username and password to complete the transaction. Here’s what you should do:
- Load the Google homepage into your browser. If you are not already logged in, click the “Sign In” icon in the top right corner and input your credentials.
- Select “Manage your Google Account” from your profile icon in the top-right corner.
- The “Data & Personalization” tab should be selected.
- Scroll down to the box titled “Activity and Timeline,” then select “My Activity.”
- To use the general search box or the “Filter by Date and Product” option (Android, Maps, YouTube, and so on), scroll down the page, or scroll down the list and browse by date and time.
When you select one of the view options above, you’ll see a list of websites, apps, and updates for all of your Google Account’s devices. In addition, you may use the search bar to look for specific activities, apps, or websites. Sorting by date, date range, and apps are among the filtering possibilities.
The activity mentioned above tab keeps track of everything you’ve done with your Google account since you last erased the history if you ever did.
Deleting your Google Account History Manually
You have the option of deleting your complete history or only certain activities. By clicking on the three dots next to each activity, you can remove one item at a time. You can also erase them all at once by indicating how far back you wish the actions to be deleted.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open your browser and type “My Activity” into the search bar to get to the activity page.
- As the first result, Google My Activity should appear. If you don’t see it, look for it and click on it.
- Select “Activity controls” on the left side once you’ve arrived.
- The Google account activity is organized into numerous groups, as you can see. You can remove each feature one at a time. Web searches and history, location information, device information, voice and audio activities, and YouTube history are examples. Google will not remember your future actions if you click the small switch next to an option.
You can also delete items based on when they were created. There are various options on the left side of the “Web & App Activity” pane. Select how far back you wish to delete your activity by clicking “Delete activity by.”
It can be a single day, or you can select one of the pre-designed alternatives to erase everything from the previous week, month, or back to the beginning of your account. You can also pick and choose the kind of data you want to remove.
You can, however, choose to have your history deleted automatically. You’ll find an option to “Choose to delete automatically” at the top of the same page. This enables you to activate the automated deletion feature, eliminating the need for you to delete items manually.
Review Your Actions at Any Time
If you can’t remember the name of a website you want to visit again or want to double-check if you’ve updated your devices, the Google Account history feature can come in helpful. Google keeps track of everything for you, and you can return to any link at any moment. You can also clean your activity history to get rid of old locations, device upgrades, and other things.
Do you want to retain a record of your Google account activities? What tracking methods do you employ? In the comments area below, let us know what you think of this feature.
Source: Editorial Times