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How to See What Data Google Has on You (and Delete It)

There are a few companies that people seem to have trust issues with. Google is one of them, and it’s no mystery that the company collects a lot of data about you. But just how much does it have? Let’s check.


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How to See Everything That Google Knows About You

The good news is that Google has a central hub for viewing all of the data associated with your account. Some of this is information that you willingly provided, but there’s some stuff that you may not know about. After we give it a look over, we’ll show you how to delete it.

To get started, open a web browser such as Google Chrome and go to

Google Account
Sign in to your Google Account

Next, navigate to the “Data & Personalization” tab.

Data & Personalization tab
Data & Personalization tab

This long page is where you can see all of your data. There are a few sections that you’ll want to explore. First, scroll down to Activity and Timeline.

Activity and Timeline
Activity and Timeline

Here, you’ll find shortcuts to two important things:

  • My Activity: This is pretty much everything you do that is connected in some way to your Google account, which includes browsing history, Google searches, YouTube history, Google Assistant commands, location history, etc.
  • Timeline: This is a dedicated page for your location history displayed on a map. You can adjust the dates to really explore your travels. Location history is gathered from Google Maps and other Google apps.

The My Activity page is where you’re going to see your data in real-time. Click it to dive in.

My Activity
My Activity page

The data is grouped in cards by service (, YouTube, etc.) and is in roughly chronological order. Select the three-dot menu icon in the corner of the card to see the full history or to delete the activity.

three-dot menu icon
three-dot menu icon in the corner of the card

Going back to the Data & Personalization tab, let’s check out the “Things You Create and Do” section. Click Go to Google Dashboard.

Google Dashboard
Google Dashboard

This is a big list of all the Google apps and services that you use. Each one can be expanded to reveal shortcuts to the information.

Google apps and services
Google apps and services

The Google Dashboard is where you can really dive in deep and see exactly how much data Google has on you.

How to Delete Your Google Data

After you see how much data Google has on you, the next thing you might want to do is delete it. We’ve already touched on this a bit in the section above.

From the My Activity page, you can delete chunks of your data that have been grouped together by service. For example, you could delete all of your Google Search history from a specific day.

delete all of your Google Search historyDeleting data like that can be a little tedious, though. A better solution is to have your data automatically deleted after a certain period of time.

At the top of the My Activity page, you’ll see Web & App Activity, Location History, and YouTube History. Click any of these to adjust how your data is tracked.

Web & App Activity
Web & App Activity

We have guides that dive deeper into clearing your Google account’s location history and automatically deleting your YouTube history. Be sure to read them to learn more about controlling what data Google records and when it deletes it.

While it may be slightly upsetting to see just how much data Google has on you, at least you can easily see it all in one place. Google’s tools also give you a good amount of control over it.

Joe FedewaJoe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has close to a decade of experience covering consumer technology and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews

Joe Fedewa Staff Writer at How-To Geek previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers.

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