Tech Tip: Erasing Your Android Tracks

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Q. How do I delete the list of things I’ve looked for with the Google search engine on Android?

A. If you have a Google account that you use with the company’s search engine (or other properties like Gmail and YouTube) you can delete your search history list in the My Activity area. The My Activity area is Google’s record of your interactions with its products, and holds not only your past search queries and browsing history, but any requested Google Maps directions, watched YouTube videos and more.


You can delete your Google search and browsing history from an Android tablet after logging into the My Activity page for your Google account. Credit The New York Times

On your Android tablet, you can get to the My Activity area by opening the Chrome browser app and logging in at When you are on the My Activity page, tap the three-dot More menu in the blue toolbar at the top of the screen and choose “Delete activity by.” If you want to wipe everything, click the “Delete by date” menu and choose All Time. If you just want to erase your Google search history, select Search from the drop-down list below the dates.

To zap your past experiences with Google’s other sites and tools, select All Products from the menu instead. Tap the Delete button.

If you just want to delete the history of things you have searched for on the tablet using the Chrome browser, click the More icon in the top-right corner of the Chrome window and select History. Choose History from the top of the submenu and on the next page, click “Clear browsing data.” In the box that appears, select browsing history and any other data you would like to wipe and click the Clear Browsing Data button.

The steps are similar for erasing your Google account and Chrome history on a desktop computer.

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