Google’s Android App now allows you to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history
By Stefan Tasevski
Big news for people who appreciate their privacy comes from Google – the company finally decided to add a 15-minute gap for deletion of the search history on a mobile device. According to official news, the same feature is expected to arrive on the iOS app in July.
“We’re currently rolling this feature out on the Google app for Android and expect it to be available to everyone using the app in the next few weeks,” Google spokesperson Ned Adriance said in an n official statement to one news outlet. “We’re continuing to explore ways to bring this helpful feature to other surfaces.”
Initially spotted by an editor-in-chief at XDA Developers who said he was tipped about it rolling out, the new feature allows you to delete only the last 15 minutes of your search history. To check and see if you have it, you should open Google’s Android app, tap your profile picture, and look for the “Delete last 15 min” option.
We did know that a feature like this was coming in May, when Google announced it at the I/O event, However, the company missed the deadline they gave for it in 2021, and it’s currently unclear if Google plans to bring the same feature to desktop. The announcement from May did not specify whether this feature is going to be available to desktop browsers, too.
For those who don’t know, Google also offers a tool to automatically delete things in your search history that are 3, 18, or 36 months old. You can do the same on your computer by opening chrome, clicking on More at the top, then locating History and clicking on Clear Browsing Data. Once that is selected, you can choose how much history you want to delete.