How to View Your Google Search History
Do you want to find a webpage or website you visited a while ago but cannot remember how to get back to it? Perhaps you found it on your phone back then, but you’re having trouble finding it again on your PC. Luckily, Google keeps track of all websites and links you’ve ever opened.
You can use the history feature to find any webpage you’ve explored and revisit it as if you never lost it in cyberspace. Here’s how to use Google’s search history function.
Note: You can access your Google account history anytime and from any device, as long as your Gmail profile is synced on all your devices. Google keeps a detailed history of web and product searches, viewed images, watched videos, apps used, and blog posts you’ve read.
Viewing Your Google Search History with Your Google Account
You can access your Google account history from any device with a browser, such as a Windows PC, Mac, mobile phone, or tablet. The process is very simple as you need only your username and password. Here is what you need to do:
- Open your browser and load the Google homepage. Click on the Sign In button located in the top right corner (if you are not currently logged in) and enter your credentials.
- Click on your profile icon in the top-right corner and select the Manage your Google Account.
- Select the Data & Privacy tab.
- Scroll down to the Things you’ve done and places you’ve been section.
- Click on the My Activity option.
- Scroll down the page to use the general search bar or the Filter by date & product option (Android, Maps, YouTube, etc.), or just scroll down the list and browse by date and time.
When using the various view options above, you get a list that includes websites, apps, and/or updates for all devices tied to your Google Account. The search bar allows you to find specific activities, apps, or websites. The filtered options include sorting by date, date range, and apps.
The activity page used above remembers everything you did through your Google account since the last time you deleted the history, if ever.
Viewing Your Google Search History on Android
Even though the process is similar for viewing your Chrome history on a computer and phone, let’s cover how to do it.
- Open up Chrome and click on your profile icon in the upper right-hand corner.
- Now, click on Search History.
- Review your history on this page.
If you’re signed in to Google on your device and want a detailed view of your History, go to My Activity.
Viewing Your Google Search History on an iPhone or iPad
Although Google does a great job of streamlining its applications, the instructions are quite different for iOS users. Here’s how to recover your search history:
- Open up Chrome and tap on the three horizontal dots in the lower right-hand corner.
- Now, click on History.
- Review your Google History on this page. Note: If you don’t have your Google account synced, no history will appear.
As with the other devices we’ve mentioned, you can search and filter specific web pages you’ve previously visited.
Deleting Your Google Account History Manually
You can delete your entire history or only specific activities. You can remove one item at a time by clicking on the three dots next to every activity. You can also delete them in bulk by specifying how far back you want to delete the activities.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open your browser and write “My Activity” in the search bar to access the activity page.
- Google My Activity should pop up as the top result. If not, find it and click on it.
- Once there, select Activity controls on the left side.
- You will see that the Google account activities are divided into several groups. You can delete each feature separately. These include web searches and history, locations, device information, voice and audio activity, and YouTube history. If you click the little switch next to an option, Google won’t remember your future actions.
You can also delete items by time. On the left side of the Web & App Activity window, you will see several options. Click Delete activity by to select how far back you want to delete your activity.
It can be a specific date, or you can choose one of the predesigned options and delete everything a week, a month, or all the way back to your account creation. You can also select which type of data to delete.
However, you can also choose to delete your history automatically. On the top of the same page, you will see an option that says Choose to delete automatically. That allows you to turn on the automatic deletion feature, so you don’t have to delete things yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve included this section to answer more of your questions about Google’s History feature.
Why don’t I see any of my search history?
If you’ve followed the steps above and don’t see any history the most likely culprit is because you aren’t logged into your Google account. Whether you’re signed into the wrong account, or you aren’t signed in at all, tap on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner and tap the option to Add Another Account.
Another problem may be that you’ve set your history for automatic deletion. This account change is done on the My Activity page. Google lets its users turn off the history for their account. If this is turned off, no history will appear because Google isn’t storing your search history.
Can I recover my deleted Google Search history?
We actually have a full tutorial here to help you recover your deleted Google history. First, you can check your My Activity page. If there still isn’t any history you can check your computer’s storage or by using data recovery software.
Review Your Actions at Any Time
The Google Account history feature can be handy if you can’t remember the name of some website you want to visit again or if you want to double-check if you have updated your devices. Google saves everything for you, and you can quickly go back to any link at any time. You can also delete your activity history to clear your locations, device updates, and other items.
Do you prefer keeping a history of your Google account actions? Which tracking options do you use? Tell us what you think about this feature in the comment section below.