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How to Delete Gmail’s Recent Search History

How to Delete Gmail's Recent Search History

If you are a heavy user of Gmail’s search function, your search history is likely filled with queries. While this is not a bad thing, you might want to keep clearing your Gmail search history regularly to keep it organized and free of unwanted search queries. Depending on your needs, you can either delete a specific search query or your Gmail activity for the last few minutes, hours, or from a few months ago. Follow this guide to learn how.

How to Delete Specific Searches From Gmail’s Search History

The below steps will enable you to delete a specific entry from Gmail’s search history.

  1. Open Gmail on your PC.
  2. Type the search query you want to delete on the search bar.
  3. Highlight the text and click the on the right to delete it from your search history.
    Gmail deleting single entries from search history

If you want to delete your most recent searches, all you need to do is click on the search bar and the list of them will appear below. Click the on the right side of the search queries to delete them.

How to Delete Gmail Search History From Android or iPhone

Deleting your Gmail search history from the mobile app on iPhone and Android is easy too. The app has built-in features that allow you to clear your search history in just a few taps.

  1. Open the Gmail app
  2. Tap the hamburger icon and select Settings.
  3. Select General settings.
    Gmail settings button
  4. Tap the three-dot icon.
  5. Select Clear search history and confirm.
    Gmail app clear search history

When trying to find a particularly old email, sort Gmail by oldest to newest to see if that helps. 

How to Delete Recent Search History in Gmail From the Web

If you want to delete your entire recent search history on Gmail and Drive, you need to head over to your Google account’s Activity page.

  1. Log into Google and head to your My Activity page.
  2. Click Other activity from the sidebar on the left.
    Other activity on Google Activity
  3.  Scroll down and click Manage Google Workspace search history.
    Button for managing Google Workspace search history
  4. Click Delete.
  5. Choose the timeframe for the data to be deleted. Alternatively, you can select Last hour or Last day if you want to delete your recent Gmail activity. Using the All time option will erase your entire account activity since it was created.
    timeframe selection for Google Workspace activity
  6. Tick the box next to Gmail.
  7. Click Next.
    Selecting which app to delete data for
  8. Select Delete to finalize deletion.

Using the above steps, you can also clear your recent Google Drive activity. If you are just looking to remove certain search queries from Gmail’s search bar, you don’t need to erase your activity history. But if you don’t want to leave any trace of your activity, follow the above steps, especially if you have delegated your Gmail account.

Clearing Gmail Search History is Quick and Easy

By clearing your search history, you can easily manage the data that you have on your email. When someone else goes snooping around on your email when you accidentally leave it logged in, they won’t at least know what you searched for in your account.  If you want another great tip, here’s how to schedule recurring emails in Gmail.

Q: Is there a way to recover deleted search history in Gmail?

A: No, once deleted your search history is forever gone in Gmail. Make sure to double-check your data before you delete them from your Google Account.

Q: Does Google automatically delete Gmail search history?

A: No. However, you can set an auto-delete function for your search history through Google Activity. You can set Google to automatically delete your account in 3,18, or 36 months.

Q: Can I export Gmail search history?

A: Yes you can, but you’ll need to do it through Google Takeout. You’ll be able to download your search history, along with other Gmail data from this export service from Google.

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Jonas Sunico

Nov 24, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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