How to Pause your Google Web History

Posted by Mayank on August 21, 2012 in Google,How To

Search engine giants like Google, Bing capture your web history to deliver more personalized search results based on the things you’ve searched for on Google and the sites you’ve visited. You might not notice a big impact on your search results early on, but you’ll notice a steady improvement as these sites capture details of your preferences and taste over a longer period of time.

Web history is different than your browser history. Your Web History is accessible only by signing in to your Google Account. It allows you to view and search across webpages you’ve visited in the past, find trends on your web activity, and get more personalized search results and recommendations across Google products and services based on what you’ve searched for and which sites you’ve visited.

Additionally, your Google search history may be stored in your browser and the Google Toolbar.

Follow interesting trends in your web activity.

You know that great web site you saw online and now can’t find? From now on, you can. With Web History, you can view and search across the full text of the pages you’ve visited, including Google searches, web pages, images, videos and news stories. You can also manage your web activity and remove items from your web history at any time.

Which sites do you visit frequently? How many searches did you do between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.? Web History can tell you about these and other interesting trends in your web activity.

How to Pause your Web History

There are several reasons to pause your web history like privacy concerns. If you’re visiting a webpage or performing a search that you don’t want stored in your web history:

  1. Go to
  2. Logon with your valid ID and you will see your web history sorted date wise and even time wise.
  3. Select a date if you want to see what did you search on a particular day.
  4. Click Pause to prevent your future web activity from being saved in Web History and from being used to personalize your search results. To start keeping track of your web activity again, click Resume.

If you’d like to sign out of Web History altogether, click your name or email address at the top of the page, then select Sign out from the drop-down menu. Note that you’ll need to sign back in to your Google Account in order for Web History to begin storing your web activity again.


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