Gmail Search History – How to view and Delete Activity and Searches

Gmail is a free email service developed by Google Inc. it was introduced in April 2004 and is one of the most trusted email clients in the world. Some of Gmail’s modus operandi about activity and history is analyzed below. All the searches we do in gmail application are stored in the gmail history.


How to view and clear Gmail search history



  • First, launch the Gmail app.
  • Tap on “Menu”
  • Scroll through the available options and tap on “Settings”
  • On the new window, tap on your account
  • Scroll down and select “Clear search history”



  • Launch the Gmail app
  • Tap on “Menu”
  • Scroll through the available options and tap on “Settings”> “General Settings”
  • On the new window, tap on the three vertical dotson the top right corner of the app.
  • Select “Clear search history” from the drop-down menu
  • You’ll then notice a pop message that says “All of the searches that you have previously performed will be removed
  • Tap on “Clear” to delete your Android Gmail searches activity.


How to delete Gmail account history

To delete your Gmail account history on Windows 10 (manually):

  • Go to your Google Account on your computer,
  • Click on “Data & personalization” on the navigation panel at the top

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  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click on “My Activity

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  • Click on “Main menu” .at the top of the page
  • Click on “Delete activity by”

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  • Beneath “Delete Activity,” click on “All time
  • A box will then appear with the heading “Choose which services to delete from”

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  • Select the options you want to delete or “Select all” to delete everything-

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  • Lastly, Click on “Delete


Search hangouts history

To search for your hangouts activity in Gmail

  • On your Windows or Mac computer, launch Gmail with the same account you use for Hangouts
  • Type “in:chats” into the search box, followed by a word or phrase that can assist you to locate the message you’re searching for
  • Click on “Search”
  • You’ll then notice your Hangouts messages display a Hangouts icon in the search results

How To Turn Hangout history on or off:

Turning your Hangout history on or off changes the interaction for all persons involved. A notification will pop up in the Hangout window.

  • On your Windows or Mac computer, navigate to Hangouts at or in Gmail
  • Start a conversation.
  • Click on “Settings”at the top
  • Either Check or uncheck “Conversation history
  • If conversation history is Checked, thenHistory will be turned on, meaning that messages can be visible in the Hangouts on all your devices as well as in Gmail
  • If conversation history is Unchecked, then History will be turned off, meaning that Messages can only be visible for a brief period on your devices. Also, the messages cannot be saved and will be deleted
  • Click on “Ok


How to find chat history in Gmail

  • First, Launch a browser of your choice.
  • Then, Launch your Gmail account.
  • Now, Click on the gear symbol at the top
  • Choose the “Settings” option in the drop-down menu.
  • On the Settings menu Click on “Labels”
  • Locate the “Chat” option and click on “Show” beside it.
  • Click on the “Inbox” option to return to your inbox.


How to delete recent activity in Gmail

  • Go to your Google Account On your Windows or Mac computer
  • Click on Data & personalization on the navigation panel at the top
  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click on My Activity
  • Locate the item you intend to remove. Items can be located by:
    • Browsing the topic or product. At the top, under “Delete by topic or product,” click on “Try it”
    • Searching with keywords or dates
  • When you find the item, click on “More” .
  • Lastly, Click on “Delete


View and remove Gmail Suggested Searches

  1. Go to and sign in with your user and password.
  2. If you want to remove the suggested searches go to the gmail search box and click with your mouse.
  3. All your recent searches will appear (see image below)

  1. For each search you can click on the X to delete it from your gmail history.



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