3 Simple Ways to Delete Your Google Data

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Many of us love to use Google as a web search engine, but you may be surprised how much of your data it stores.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to delete your Google data. These steps are confirmed to work on both PCs and mobile devices.

Money expert Clark Howard recommends that you take these actions if you have security concerns about what Google is doing with your information.

As you’ll see, there are three ways to do it, including one that lets you set up your computer to delete your data automatically.

Here Are 3 Ways to Delete Your Google Activity

Over the last couple of years, Google has given users more control over how they can remove their data, and Clark says he likes the changes.

“You now have the ability to erase history — or at least the history that Google has on you, for periods of time,” Clark says.

Table of Contents: 

Option 1: How to Delete Your Google Data Manually by Item

Here’s the step-by-step process to delete your Google activity manually item by item:

  1. On your computer, go to myaccount.google.com and sign in.
  2. Click on Data & personalization (in the left-hand column).
  3. Under “Activity controls,” click Web & App Activity.
  4. Scroll down the page to find Manage Activity, and click on that.

From the Manage Activity page, you can scroll through different items and delete them either by day of the week or individually by clicking on the More(three dots) icon. When you do, here’s a screenshot of what it should look like:

How to delete your Google data

Option 2: How to Delete Your Google Data by Date

  1. On your computer, go to myaccount.google.com and sign in.
  2. Click on Privacy & personalization.
  3. Scroll down to Activity and timeline. Click My Activity.
  4. Click on Delete activity by. (On your mobile device, this is on the top-right menu).

A pop-up box will show you four time frames — last hour, last day, all time, or a custom (date) range — in case you want to delete some activity but keep other information.

Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like:

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3 Simple Ways To Delete Your Google Data

If you choose to select a date range, just enter the range you want to wipe out, click Delete and it will remove your Google data for that time period.

Option 3: How to Delete Your Google Data Automatically

  1. On your computer, go to myaccount.google.com and sign in.
  2. Click on Privacy & personalization.
  3. Under “Activity controls,” click Web & App Activity >  Manage Activity.
  4. Click on Auto-delete.

You should see a pop-up box that shows you the options to automatically delete your Google activity older than three, 18 and 36 months.

Here’s what that looks like:

How to auto-delete your Google data

When you decide which time frame of data you want to remove, click Next and Confirm to save your choice.

Conclusion

Because Google is tracking an enormous amount of your web activity, having the tools to pick and choose the things you want to be removed should enrich your online experience.

When it comes to removing your data from Google, Clark likes the automatic setting because you can set it and forget it.

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