See Everything You’ve Ever Googled in One Place

Here’s how to find your search history

Some of your deepest, darkest secrets have probably passed through the Google search bar. Now, you can download every last query you’ve ever typed into the search engine and see them all together in their raw glory (or shame).

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To access the data, visit your Web History page, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and click “Download.” A warning box will appear advising users to enable two-step verification and to avoid downloading their search histories to public computers.

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Click “Create Archive” and a zip file featuring all the search queries will be placed in a folder called “Takeout” in your Google Drive account. The file can then be downloaded to your computer. Only searches you made while logged into your Google account are included in the file.

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If you’re horrified at the idea of every fleeting thought you’ve typed into Google being gathered in a single place, you can also delete your search history. On the Web history page where you download the archive, simply click the gear icon and select “Remove items” instead. In the drop-down menu, you’ll see an option to remove items since “the beginning of time.”

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It looks like this feature is available for everyone. Just go to Google Web History, click the gear button and select “Download”.

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[separator type=’transparent’ color=” thickness=” up=’5′ down=’5′] “You can download all of your saved search history to see a list of the terms you’ve searched for. This gives you access to your data when and where you want,” informs Google. “When you download your past searches, a copy of your history will be saved securely to the Takeout folder in Google Drive. You can download the files to your computer if you want a copy on your computer.”

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Google will send you an email when your archive is ready to download.

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[separator type=’transparent’ color=” thickness=” up=’15’ down=’15’] The download dialog is pretty unusual. It includes a warning message: “Please read this carefully, it’s not the usual yada yada.” It suggests users to enable 2-step verification and it informs them that the archive includes sensitive data. “If you have decided to take your data elsewhere, please research the data export policies of your destination. Otherwise, if you ever want to leave the service, you may have to leave your data behind.”
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Here’s the email message you’ll receive when “your Google search history archive is ready”.
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[separator type=’transparent’ color=” thickness=” up=’5′ down=’5′] You’ll get a ZIP archive with a lot of JSON files:
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