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Google’s New Feature Lets You View Your Entire Search History (Um, No Thank You)



Don’t lie – you’ve probably tried to Google some weird stuff at one point…probably more than once. Those questions that you are too embarrassed to ask your friends just go straight into the Google search bar. And then you’re probably relieved to see that you’re not that only one who has wondered how snakes have sex (purely random example…). Once your question was answered, you never thought about it again. Until now.

A horrifying new feature is now available to all Google searchers – the ability to see a user’s entire search history. If you have a Gmail account (aka everyone except your mom, who is still sticking to her @aol email address), you’ll be able to find every bizarre thing you’ve ever searched.


How? Visit your Web history page, click on the gear icon in the upper-right hand corner and select “Download.” An identity verification box will appear (to ensure the user’s search history isn’t uploaded to a public domain). Then click “Create Archive,” and everything you’ve ever searched will be downloaded to a file called “Takeout,” which you can access via Google Drive. Are you cringing already?

There is some good news in all this madness, being that you can delete all of your history in a single click. Just click back to that Web history page, press the gear icon and select “Remove Items” — there’s even an option to remove search histories from “the beginning of time.”

So go do that right now. I am.

Probably busy watching puppy videos on Instagram.