HERE’S HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY DELETE IT YOUR DATA OR ACTIVITIES SAVED ON GOOGLE
- June 27, 2019
- Posted by: Lead Contributor
- Category: News
Google can now automatically erase web and activity data after a set period of time.
- You can choose to allow Google to store this data for a period of three or 18 months.
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As part of the effort to make privacy settings more transparent, Google announced in May a new feature that makes it possible to set limits for how long the company can save the data it collects about your activity.
With the new feature, you can choose to have Google automatically delete your web and app activity data after a period of three or 18 months. Before this, you would have to manually delete the data in the Google app’s settings section.
Google collects data like search history and other interactions in Google services to improve and customize its app experience. It can also save your Chrome history and activity from other websites and apps that use Google’s services if you have that feature enabled.
But not everyone may be comfortable with Google keeping a record of their activity. And more importantly, not everyone who’s concerned by the concept of Google storing their data may remember to take the time to delete it.
Here’s how to make sure Google deletes your web and app activity after a set period of time, regardless of your phone’s OS or a web browser.
Navigate to myaccount.google.com. Or, if you’re logged into Google, click your profile photo in the top right corner of the Google homepage.
Choose the “Data & personalization” option on the lefthand column.
Click “Web & App Activity,” and then choose “Manage Activity.”
Press the “Choose to delete automatically” button.
Select either “Keep for 18 months” or “Keep for 3 months” depending on your preference. Activity data will be deleted after that time period.
To do this on your Android phone, start by launching the Settings app and choosing “Google.”
Then tap the “Google Account” option.
Select “Data & personalization.”
Choose “Web & App Activity.”
Select “Manage activity.”
Select “Choose to delete automatically” and pick a time limit of three months or 18 months.
If you’re an iPhone user, launch the Gmail app and tap the “Settings” option in the main menu. This menu can be accessed by tapping the symbol that looks like three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another in the top left corner.
Tap your email address at the top of the screen.
Select “Manage your Google account.”
Select “Data & personalization” and follow the same steps described in slides nine through 11.
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