Google now lets you download (and delete) your search history

Ever wondered what your interests have been over time? A good way to check, is to look at your Google history and starting today, Google will let you do just that, by providing download access to your search history. Interesting as the prospect of that sounds, you may want to give it extra thought before you do get it, especially if there is a chance in the world that someone else would have access to it.

To give you a hint of how much data you have there, Google Now’s eerily accurate suggestions are powered by your search history. Yup, your address, email headers, Youtube history, Google Plus history, shopping habits, flight history…etc. You sure don’t want that type of info and more in someone else’s hands.

If and when you do decide to take the risk, you can download your search history in the following steps:

  1. Visit your Web & App Activity page.
  2. In the top right corner of the page, click the Options icon  > Download.
  3. Click Create Archive.
  4. When the download is complete, you’ll get an email confirmation with a link to the data.

Google also lets you delete your search history, if you want to forestall a situation where someone else has access to it, after all, you can’t steal what doesn’t exist right? That said, deleting that data isn’t a straightforward decision, as if you do, you will lose a lost of advance search features and you might lose the functionality in an app like Google Now.

If you decide to delete your data after considering the above, you will find directions here.

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