Deleting your Google search bar history on your laptop can help protect your privacy and free up storage space on your device. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your laptop.
- In the top right corner, click on the three dots to open the menu.
- From the menu, select “History.”
- In the top right corner, click on the three dots again and select “Clear browsing data.”
- A pop-up window will appear. From the “Time range” drop-down menu, you can choose to delete your browsing history from the past hour, the past day, the past week, the past month, or the beginning of time.
- In the “Clear data” section, make sure that the “Browsing history” option is checked. You can also choose to delete other types of data, such as cookies, cached images, and files, if you wish.
- Click on the “Clear data” button to delete your browsing history.
It’s worth noting that deleting your browsing history will not prevent Google from tracking your online activity. If you want to prevent Google from tracking your searches, you will need to turn on the “Do Not Track” feature in your browser settings or use a private browsing mode.
Additionally, if you use Google’s My Activity feature, your search history may still be stored there, even if you delete it from your browser history. To delete your search history from My Activity, follow these steps:
- Go to the My Activity page (https://myactivity.google.com/).
- In the top left corner, click on the three lines to open the menu.
- From the menu, select “Activity controls.”
- Scroll down to the “Web & App Activity” section and turn off the switch next to “Web & App Activity.”
- A pop-up window will appear, asking you to confirm your decision. Click on the “PAUSE” button to stop Google from saving your search history.
- To delete your existing search history, click on the three dots in the top right corner and select “Delete activity by.”
- A new window will open, allowing you to select a specific time range or select “All time” to delete your entire search history.
- Click on the “Delete” button to permanently delete your search history.
By following these steps, you can successfully delete your Google search bar history on your laptop and take control of your online privacy.