Have you ever wondered what you were searching for on this day 10 years ago? Probably not… but we bet you are right now. People don’t often stop to consider just how much personal data Google really stores. Think about how many things you search for each day alone. Now, consider this: unless you’ve disabled your search history, every single thing you’ve ever searched for while logged into your Google account on any device is stored on Google’s servers.
Curious to see just how much data that really is? Now, Google will let you download your entire search history in two easy steps.
First things first… let’s get the scary part out of the way. Visit this page to confirm that yes, Google does in fact keep a record of every single thing you search and every single search result you click: https://history.google.com/history/
As we’ve said many, many times before, “free” comes at a price and this collection of data is part of the cost. Of course, you can disable your search history and stop Google from saving other data, but then you’ll miss out on tons of great features that Google offers.
Back to the task at hand. That search history page makes it easy to browse through your history and even search for specific items. But now, you can also download your entire massive archive of years worth of search history to do with what you please.
Here’s how it’s done, courtesy of a new Google support page:
- On your search history page (https://history.google.com/history/), click the gear icon in the top right corner and then click Download.
- In the pop-up, click Create Archive.
That’s it. Google will now build an archive of your entire search history and then email it to your Gmail address as soon as it’s ready.