Now You Can Clean Recent Google Search History on Android
- 21 Mar 2022
About a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new search features, including the ability to easily clean the last 15 minutes of your search requests. Quite soon, the promised feature appeared on iOS. It took surprisingly long to implement this on Android, but finally, here it is, and your compromising requests are easier to erase.
Why would you need to clear the last 15 minutes of your search? The first idea is that your search history may somehow compromise you, in the eyes of either authorities or someone close to you who can access your search history. While it is so, there may be other reasons as well. For example, you have made many irrelevant search requests and now don’t want them to influence your history any longer.
To clear the last 15 minutes on Android, do the following:
- Run your Google app
- Tap your avatar in the upper right corner
- Tap “Delete last 15 minutes”
That’s all; this tap will remove all the requests and pages you have visited in that time. You might also want to check whether you have deleted everything you meant to. For that, clear your history the regular way.
On desktops, though, this feature is yet to be implemented, regardless of the platform. Even in Google Chrome, we don’t see it yet. Neither do we in the web version of the user profile on google.com. Probably, Google will make an announcement when this quick deletion makes it there. So far, it's far from being truly cross-platform.
If your Android phone or tablet hasn’t received the update yet, it’s okay. Try to update your Google app manually. If it doesn’t help, you need to wait for a certain period. Once Google started rolling it out, it should not take long.
Do you find this feature useful and worth quick access? Will you often clear your recent searches this way? Let us know what you think about this feature in the comments!