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Why can’t I delete recent searches on Google?

Answer

  1. In the Google settings page, tap Search.
  2. Now under Privacy & accounts look for the “Show recent searches” settingu
  3. Uncheck the box next to it. That’s all!


If you can’t delete recent searches on Google, it’s because your search history contains one or more non-personalized, usually transactional searches that other people recently made using your computer. This is a new security feature from Google designed to protect your data and privacy. We’re always working to help improve the accuracy of our spam detection systems.

How do I turn off this feature?

Since we’ve introduced this new security measure, we haven’t had anyone report any difficulties with it. It appears to be working well for all users and has added an extra layer of protection against unauthorized usage of accounts. If you still wish to disable it, please log out of your Google Account and then sign back in again (after doing a Google search). This will remove the non-personalized searches from your account’s history.

If you want to have a recent search “forgotten,” fill out this form and enter the URL of the Web page that contains that search in the box labeled “I don’t want this result anymore.” We’ll make sure it disappears for good. Please note: Some searches may be too personal or revealing to delete, including any search made with an incognito window or any time you’ve used a word like “password” in a search.

Why is my personalized information appearing after I perform non-personalized searches?

As stated above, our new security features mean we won’t show you personally identifiable information after you perform non-personalized searches. We’re working on ways to improve our technology, but for now, this is a limitation of the feature. The personalized features will return when you sign in or sign out of your account.

How can I personalize my search results?

If you’ve performed non-personalized searches recently and would like to get back to seeing personalized results, simply sign out from your Google Account (after performing a search) then sign back in again once you reach that search result page. This should enable personalized results for you again right away. If not, please try refreshing the page by pressing F5 on your keyboard or clicking the “Refresh” button at the top of the screen and waiting 10-15 seconds for the page to automatically refresh.

If you want to have a recent search “forgotten,” fill out this form and enter the URL of the Web page that contains that search in the box labeled “I don’t want this result anymore.” We’ll make sure it disappears for good. Please note: Some searches may be too personal or revealing to delete, including any search made with an incognito window or any time you’ve used a word like “password” in a search.

What information is being collected about me?

We’re not collecting any additional data at all from non-personalized searches. Non-personalized searches are anonymous. The only person who can see your IP address (and details like what operating system you use) is Google’s computers. Your name and e-mail address are not transmitted to Google in any way as a result of performing non-personalized searches, nor will they be used for any other purpose, unless you have opted into our AdWords program or if we need to contact you about your account for some legitimate reason.

It’s important to note that anything that might identify you is stored separately from the IP address (including your search history). For example, while we can see what words were searched on behind an IP address, we don’t know who made that search behind that IP address unless the individual has used their Google Account to sign into another service or site where they’ve provided us with more information about themselves. You can learn how one person’s search history might appear to another if you follow these instructions.

Why didn’t I hear about this before it launched?

We wanted to launch a secure product that protects your data and privacy early on, so we focused on developing the new security features first. Once these features were in place, we worked quickly to introduce them while also providing an option for users who want to return to our original search behavior. We did not announce Google Suggest or the personalized results option until they had been fully rolled out because we’re committed to continually improving our products and don’t want information about those improvements ahead of time.

What about Firefox or other browsers?

Google Suggest is available in most mainstream browsers today (including Safari, Internet Explorer 6, Firefox, and Netscape 7.2), but we’re working on adding it to more browsers in the weeks and months ahead (particularly those that use our underlying technology). We’ll keep you updated with new browser releases as they become available.

When will this feature appear for me?

Google Suggest is available immediately worldwide to all Google users. Personalized search results will be rolling out over the next two weeks depending on your local time zone, so please check back then if you don’t see them yet. Please note: There are cases where personalized results might not show up initially even though most people in your area should have access by now—if you do a lot of non-personalized searches from the same computer or IP address, for example. The personalized results feature may not appear on some non-English language sites either, but we’re working to provide more languages over time.

Is there a way I can turn this off or switch back to the old search?

If you want to disable Google Suggest, just uncheck the box labeled “Include Google suggestions” in your personalized search settings. If you’d like to revert back to non-personalized searches, just click another result in Google’s custom search bar and click “use as default.” We hope you’ll enjoy these new features and customize them based on what works best for you!

A few months ago we released two new features that help protect your security and privacy: Personalized Search and Google Suggest. Both new features use a technology called “cookies” that store information on your computer about your Google searches to help tailor future results—for example, if you’ve searched for “Muggsy Bogues,” we register this fact and may show more basketball-related suggestions when you type his name into our search box. We believe these features are valuable because they provide you with more relevant results; however, some users have expressed concerns about their effect on privacy. Others have asked whether or not these features require people to log in to Google Accounts or share personally identifiable information by making non-personalized searches from IP addresses associated with www.google.com (to be clear: they don’t).We understand that putting user security and privacy first means you have to give us the benefit of the doubt, and we’re sorry for any concern our new features may have caused. As a company that thrives on transparency and trust, we are willing to set a higher bar than most when it comes to protecting your privacy.

We recognize that this level of protection impacts both the quality of our search results as well as some daily usability issues . For example, having passwords is a hassle—in fact, according to one recent study , 78% of U.S. consumers say they frequently forget their passwords (we’ve all been there). And forcing people to go through an extra click before getting personalized results can be frustrating (usually because they forgot their password). Our team has spent months discussing ways to enhance your experience while protecting your privacy, and we’re excited about the improvements that we’ve been able to make. This week we re-launched Google Suggest with new controls and a stronger commitment to transparency. Now Google Suggest will remember that you were interested in “Celtics vs Knicks” so that next time you search for either of those teams, you’ll get results directly related to basketball (again, without having to log in). We believe this feature offers real value as it helps users get results more quickly by reducing the number of queries needed and provides more relevant search suggestions overall—but again, some people would rather not have us collect any information at all.

Why can’t I delete recent searches on Google?

In the Google settings page, tap Search.
Now under Privacy & accounts look for the “Show recent searches” settingu
Uncheck the box next to it. That’s all!

Does clearing history delete everything?

Apparently, clearing your web browsing history does not delete the data and only erases the list of website or pages that you visited.

What does Clear cache mean?

Most browsers, such as chrome, stores site information in cookies or its cache. To resolve problems some sites being slow to load or not displaying correctly be sure to clear the caches of your browser.

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