How to Download and Delete Your Entire Google Search History

Here is How You Can Download and Delete Entire Google Search History

By now you should know that Google is the undisputed leader in the Internet. Unless you don’t do your online searches with Google, chances are Google knows more about you than you do. For those who are really concerned about their privacy, Google now allows allows you to download and delete your entire Google search history.

Once requested, your entire search history will be archived and sent to your mailbox as well as saved to your Google Drive. We would suggest you go through the terms and conditions as they outline the risks and the responsibilities associated with downloading the search history. Listed below are a series of steps to retrieve your entire Google search history.

Log into your Google account.

In your browser, head over to the Web and Activity page and log in with your Google account.

Google Search history - hourly and daily activity.

Here you can see a dashboard with the frequency of your searches spread across several days, and it also lets you view other trends, including top queries and top clicks.

Download a copy of your Google Search history data.

All you need to do is go to the gear cog in the right-hand corner and click the “Download” option in the dropdown menu. Google will then pop up a window of important information which you are supposed to read but probably won’t. At the bottom, click on the “Create Archive” button.

Preparing your Google Search history data archive.

Google will then prepare the download and ask you to wait until it does its work. Once it is done, check your mailbox, and you should have received an email from Google that contains both the Google Drive link and also a zipped file that can be downloaded to your desktop.

The search history has a .json file extension and can be opened with any text editor.

The search history will come in the form of a .json file extension.

In addition to downloading, you might also want to get rid of the entire search history. All you need to do is to select the “Remove Item” option from the dropdown menu.

Choose 'Remove Items' from the menu.

Another dropdown will ask you the time period you want to delete the search history from. Selecting “from the beginning of time” will erase your entire history from the Google search.

That’s it.

12 comments

  1. That only deletes the current version of your search history. Any previous versions that were part of Google database backups still exist. If any of those backups are ever used to restore Google’s database, your search history will also be restored. However, the chances of that happening are minimal.

  2. Agreed, Google is the biggest privacy violator on the Internet with the NSA, for whom they actively work, a close second. (Note all the EU lawsuits.)
    With every tweak they make to an otherwise ugly but usable system spoils the Web experience a bit more.
    HINT: There are other search engines (avoid Bing & Yahoo; inferior at every level). A few are private which is what all of your searches should be. Migrate your email off shore . . .
    Dethroning Facebook and Google should be every Internaut’s side project. And avoiding Outlook and Yahoo! is a well-seasoned art.
    The war on advertising should be close to everyone’s heart; the more an item is advertised the less intrinsic value and worth it has. Good products sell themselves.
    How many Lamborghini advertisements do you see? How many GM ads do you see? Undeniable proof. Extrapolate to every part of your consumerism.

    Never entrust your personal data to others. Once tendered, it is no longer yours and any rights you may have thought you had, evaporate without notice. ©2015

  3. What if you don’t have a Google account? Must you create one? How does one find that history? Thank you.

    • before I click on links, what exactly are they besides search engines? Loads with ads and malware?

  4. While GOOGLE might not ever utilize those backups to “restore Google’s database,” you can bet they WILL be included in any secret order from the NSA. In other words, plain schmucks like me won’t be able to access your history, as if I ever wanted to, but our “1984” version of a demoncratic repukelic will have full access to your history through its warrant-less quest for omniscience.

  5. A massive invasion of privacy, wonder what nutbag allowed them the right to have information on anyone.

  6. Google and the government are only the tip of the iceberg. Just about every site that you have to sign up for wants your whole life’s history. Why does Macy’s or Office Depot have to know that you had measles when you were 6???

  7. Well you know what they say about something that seems too good to be true . . . . . . If anyone SERIOUSLY thinks google would LET all that info go, for free, you’d have to be deluded. And of course, immediately they get a new database of all the people that wanted to get rid of their entire history to sell on to someone else that then sells you FUD or takes note of all these people that feel the need to ‘ cover their tracks ‘ …….. they are far too ingrained into the NSA to have suddenly got a conscience and decided they want to ‘help’ you, only when they’re about to go under will they have any concerns, and still, they won’t be about you. . . . . .

    • you are far too paranoid — the cameras on the streets have facial recognition and can find your patterns where you shop dine, whose butt you ogled — you may erase the history from your HD but it remains on their servers-and forensics can always pick up what you erased unless you use a government style erasing

    • fact is they have been backed up incrementally and fully several times a day disk to disk disk to tape and whatever means Google has to archive data. The hard drive on your computer means little. NSA can get the data with a search warrant and Google has to unlock it with their encryption key.

      Privacy went out when the television came in and there has always been spies any way.

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