A while back I wrote a post explaining how to delete your entire search history that Google has collected and stored since the moment you began using their service way back when.
Several of you have since written in and asked me if there’s a way to prevent Google from gathering and storing that information in the first place? Well, the answer to that question is yes!
Google uses a feature called Web & App Activity to collect and store your search information. Luckily, it’s quite easy to turn it off if you wish. Here’s how:
1 – Visit the MyActivity page on the Google website and sign in to your Google account if you’re prompted to do so.
2 – Click the Menu icon located on the right side of the blue bar near the top of the window (it looks like three vertical dots).
3 – Click Activity controls.
You should now see a setting labeled “Web & App Activity” along with a slider button that controls that setting over on the right.
If the slider button is blue that means “Web & App Activity” is currently active on your account. If it’s gray that means it isn’t (and you should see the word “paused” somewhere on that line).
To disable “Web & App Activity” simply click the blue slider button and then confirm your selection by clicking PAUSE at the bottom of the box that pops up.
4 – (Optional) There’s a box you can check right below the “Web & App Activity” line that will also prevent Google Chrome from collecting and storing your browsing history and other web activity.
That’s all there is to it. Once you have disabled (i.e. paused) the “Web & App Activity” feature Google will no longer gather and store your search history.
Important: Simply disabling “Web & App Activity” won’t delete any search information that Google already has stored in conjunction with your account. Click here for instructions on deleting your existing Google Search History.
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