Easily manage your Google activity with this simple tool

April 4, 2022 0 Comments

Try this very useful tool to manage all your activities on Google and enhance your privacy How Jack Wallen shows you.

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When was the last time you checked your Google activity? I’m not just talking about your search history, but also about web and apps, locations and even YouTube activity. These pieces combine to create a fairly complete overview of all your Google-centric activity.

Of course, you can collect your web information from within Chrome, but tracking app activity can be a bit of a challenge. For those who are not only interested in keeping track of that activity but also in deleting it (as needed), Google has created a website specifically for this purpose.

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The site in question serves as the easiest way to manage my activity and those important parts of Google-ness

Show me how to use this site so you can delete entries and even turn off some of those services.

What you will need

All you need is a Google Account You should know that this service is not limited to the Chrome browser, but works on any browser connected to your Google Account. It doesn’t matter if you use Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave or Edge, any browser logged in to your Google Account will save your activity.

Let’s see how it works.

How to manage your Google activity

Open your web browser and go to Google My Activity site. On that page, click Verify below (Figure A)

Figure A

Verifying that you are going to use Google My Activity.
Verifying that you are going to use Google My Activity.

You will be asked for your Google Account password. Once you’ve verified that it’s you, you’ll see the full My Activity page (Figure B), Where you can start managing your activity.

Figure B

The Complete My Activity page makes it easy to manage your Google activity.
The Complete My Activity page makes it easy to manage your Google activity.

If you scroll through your search history list, you can easily delete an entry by clicking on the corresponding X. You will then be asked to confirm the deletion of the activity (Figure C)

Figure C

Confirming the deletion of an activity from my activity page.
Confirming the deletion of an activity from my activity page.

You do not have to delete individual items. Instead, you can click on the X associated with today to delete your entire search activity for the day.

Once you delete an activity, it will be permanently deleted from your account and there is no way to get it back. Remember, Google uses this activity to refine its services for you, so when you delete an activity, Google’s algorithms will not be able to link it to your account. For many, this is a great way to set up their privacy game with Google

Another interesting thing you can do with my activities is disable location history. Remember, location history saves all the locations you visit with your devices (even when you’re not using a Google-specific service) to personalize your maps, recommendations, and more. For some, this is an invasion of privacy, so this feature may need to be disabled.

To do this, click Location History from the main My Activity window, and then, in the resulting window, click Close (Figure D)

Figure D

Disabling location history in Google My Activity.
Disabling location history in Google My Activity.

In the same way, you can disable your YouTube history or even set an auto-delete option so that your YouTube history can be deleted automatically. To do this, click on YouTube History, select an auto-delete option, click Auto-delete old activity from, and then select 3 months, 18 months or 36 months (Figure e)

Figure e

Setting up YouTube history for automatic deletion
Setting up YouTube history for automatic deletion

Click Next and then, when requested, be sure to delete.

A rather interesting thing I found is that at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a Discovery entry that will probably list the cards from your feed. I find it strange that some of these cards are listed as watches… although I don’t think they are worth watching. The good news is that you can delete the entire list by clicking on the corresponding X.

After all, Google My Activity is one of the best places to manage your Google Account activity. I regularly check this site again 1) make sure nothing is out of the ordinary and 2) delete any activity that may affect what Google presents to me that I do not see.

If you’re serious about your privacy, but don’t want to be completely disconnected from Google, consider My Activity a useful tool.

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