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Google now allows you to download your entire Search History

Google now allows you to download your entire Search History

by AshwinApril 21, 2015

How would you like to download your entire Google search history in an archived format?


Why would I want to do that? Well I suppose it could be amusing, but apparently Google thought this a cool idea, and now allow users to download their entire search history.

Though Google did not make an official announcement regarding the availability of this feature, Google System Blog (an unofficial blog) reports that the feature was tested by the Mountain View company last year, and is now available for all users.

In fact Google has a support article regarding the same.

How to download Google Search History for your account:

1. Visit the Google Search History page.
2. You will be prompted to log in to your account. Do so.
3. Click on the gear button in the rop right corner, ans select the “Download” option from the drop down menu.
4. Google will prompt you read a statement carefully. It is not actually a Terms and Conditions (End-user license agreement) which you may have come across when installing software or when you sign up for web services.

The statement carries a caption in bold which reads “Please read this carefully, it’s not the usual yada yada.” It also advises users against downloading the data on public computers, and also recommends users to protect their data with 2-step verification for added security.

5. Once you have read through the statement, click on the Create Archive option.

You will receive an email when your search data is ready for download. The archive is actually saved in your Google Drive. You can find it in the Takeout folder, from where you can download it to your computer. The archive comprises of .json format files.

Note: You will have to repeat the steps for each of your Google accounts.

Downloading the search history does not delete it from the account’s web history. If you want to delete the web history, you will have to do so manually.

1. Visit the History page on Google. Sign in to your account.
2. Select the items you want to remove, by clicking on the checkbox beside it
3. Click on the “remove items” option.
4. If you wish to remove all of your search data, click the gear icon in top right corner, and select the Remove items option.
5. Choose the last option which says ” Remove items from the beginning of time”.

Not many users will be interested in this rather odd feature, but it shows that Google is being transparent when it comes to allowing users access to their own data.