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Aima Irfan
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Google knows and remembers everything you do on your smartphone or web browser. It is scary how much Google knows about you. To restrict the search giant from using your information, you can delete the history and other information automatically that it collects from your device and web browser.

The Google services that you use on your Android phones like Chrome, Google Photos, Gmail, YouTube, and other apps monitor your activity and stores a lot of information related to you. This information includes your location data, web search history and activity, YouTube watch history, your voice search history, payment methods, and passwords.

The ‘Data and Personalization’ section of Manage Google Activity helps you keep a check on your web and app activity, location history, search, and watch the history of YouTube. Albeit, Google also lets you enable or disable location tracking and other activity related to voice and audio. Use ‘My Google Activity‘ to keep track of your on-going activities on Google Chrome.

Enabling auto delete:

Follow the below-given steps in order to delete your Google Web & App Activity and stop the search giant from tracking you.

  1. Go to Google Chrome Settings

    Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner and navigate through the drop-down menu to find ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Settings’ to proceed further.Google Settings

  2. Click Manage your Google Account

    Under the section of Settings, click ‘Manage your Google account’. It will open another window in front of you.Manage your Google account page on Google Chrome

  3. Click Data and Personalization

    Navigate through the menu on the left side and click on ‘Data & personalization’. It would be third on the menu.Data and Personalization for Google Chrome

  4. Go to Web and App Activity

    Scroll down the page to find the ‘Web and App Activity’ option and click on it. Web and activity for Google Chrome

  5. Click on ‘Manage Activity’ and then ‘Choose to delete automatically’

    Just right below the ‘Web and App Activity’ section, click on ‘Manage Activity’ and subsequently click ‘Choose to delete automatically’.Manage your activity page on Google Chrome

  6. Select your desired time to delete Web & App Activity

    The ‘Choose how long to keep your Web and App Activity’ window will appear showing different options such as ‘Keep until I delete manually’, ‘Keep for 18 months’ and ‘Keep for 3 months’. Select your desired option and you can proceed forward by clicking on ‘Next’ and confirm.Choose to delete automatically page on Google Chrome

You can also delete location and history data automatically with this new feature that Google announced earlier this year. In order to stop Google from keeping your activities, you can turn the tracking off under the Web  App activity section. It’s upon the user for how long he wants Google to hold his activity data.

The user data that Google keeps helps in recommending you searches and Ads based on your usage and history. So, its up to you if you want to keep it for better recommendations or delete it and protect your privacy.

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