It’s no longer a secret that Google keeps tabs on every website you visit. So how do you stop Google from tracking your searches? Or even better, how do you stop Google from tracking everything you do on the web? In this article, you’ll learn how to stop Google from tracking your searches even if you’re not signed in.
How to Stop Google from Tracking Your Searches
Google, one of the most popular websites, collects a considerable amount of data about you and all your online activities.
The search engine giant makes billions of dollars annually, and one of its main revenue sources is advertising.
Google should deliver targeted ads to its users to be successful with advertisements. That’s why it’s so important for them to know as much as they can about what you do online.
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Here’s how you can check what information Google collects about you, how it uses it, and what you can do to take control of your data.
Not too long ago, the company launched a new tool, My Activity, to show how they track your online activities related to your Google account.
Go ahead and use your Gmail account to log in. You’ll be amazed to see how much information the Giant search engine has about you. Don’t worry, we’ll help you protect your privacy.
On your left-hand side, go to My Account, then under “Personal Info and Privacy,” go to “Manage your Google Activity.” Once you’re there, you can decide what data you’re willing to share or not to share with Google.
Before you start turning things on and off, make sure you read and understand the consequences. Google tracks you to make its services more useful to you, so keep in mind it might limit the functionality of some of its products over time.
Select “Go to Activity Controls,” and you should see all sorts of information Google is collecting from you, like Web & App Activity, Location History, YouTube Search History, YouTube Watch History, Device Information, and Voice and Audio Activity.
When you create your Google Account, all those options are turned on by default. To disable them, toggle off the icon on the right.
Google Saves Your Voice Searches
You have most likely used Google voice services. Whether it’s its voice search or Google Assistant, Google stores all your voice and audio activities on its server.
You’d be surprised that you can listen back to all your voice searches. If that doesn’t sound right, make sure you delete them all and turn them off.
Google Tracks and Records Your Location
It’s hard to imagine someone who owns a smartphone that doesn’t use Google Maps. Whether driving or using public transportation, Google follows and records all the places you visit. It saves a copy in your Google Timeline. Take a look at all the places you’ve been to over time.
You can stop Google from storing your location history and delete what it has already stored. To delete your location history, click on the trash can icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
To stop Google from tracking your location in the future, toggle the button to turn off Location History.
If you scroll further down, you can find your Google dashboard, where you can see all the Google services and settings you use in one place.
Take your time to go over every single setting. It is important to know what information Google collects about you and how it uses it.
Google Tracks You Even If You’re Not Signed In
Does Google track my searches if I’m not signed in?
At this point, you might be thinking that if you’re not signed in to your Google account, Google won’t be able to track you.
Yes, Google tracks you even if you’re not signed in. Unlike when you’re logged in, Google may not be able to collect as much personal information when you’re not logged in.
However, a lot of information is available to Google whenever you go online. The giant search engine has direct access to your IP address, geolocation, device ID, server information, etc.
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, a good chunk of Google’s revenue comes from advertisements, so make sure to turn off personalized advertisements.
To do that, go to your Activity Controls page, scroll to the bottom and click “Ads” under related settings. Tap on the blue pill-shaped icon on the right to turn off personalized advertisements.
After following all these tips, you may need to use anonymous web browsers if you’re still skeptical about Google tracking your searches.
Delete Google Account
If you have had enough of Google tracking you, you may want to delete your Google account. I won’t blame you, but it’s a hard decision to make. To do that, go to your Dashboard, Account preferences, then Delete your account and services.
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