Google Keeps A Record Of Everything You've Ever Searched (And Here's How To See It)
And, more importantly, how you can opt out.
BY Olivia Ovenden | Sep 16, 2016 | Technology
Did you know that, since Google launched 18 years ago, it's has been storing every single search you've ever made? Yep, even the ones you thought you'd deleted from your browser history forevermore (including that search for Tinder alternatives). Creepy, right?
And it gets worse, this isn't even just on your crusty laptop hidden in the drawer. Google has managed to record searches made on any device through which you've made a search on whilst logged into your Gmail or Google account. Brilliant.
If you're brave enough to venture into your unabridged history and see how many times you searched 'How to get over ex' in that summer of 2005, here's how"
Go to history.google.com/history to see every single search you've made along with a date and time.
You can download your entire history by going to the 'Web & App Activity' page and then clicking 'Menu,' then 'Download searches.' Once you've done that, select 'Create Archive' and your download will begin. You could even have it made into wallpaper.
More useful is the news you can delete your whole history and unsubscribe from Google tracking it in the future. Just click on the 'Delete activity by,' and select the amount of time, e.g. forever, that you'd like to erase.
To stop them keeping hold of your Twitter stalking habits in the future, Click on the 'Activity Controls' option then slide the tab on the 'Web & App Activity' section to switch off Google recorded searches.
Now breathe, you're OK.
From: Esquire UK.