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Android users can now delete the last 15 minutes of their Google search history

But is that enough?

Published onMarch 21, 2022

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  • Google’s Android app is getting an option to delete search history for the last 15 minutes with just one tap.
  • The feature should roll out to all Android users in the coming weeks.
  • However, people would like Google to also give 30 and 60-minute options.

Google is finally letting users delete the last 15 minutes of their search history from its Android app. The company had announced the option last year, but it’s only now making its way to the Google app for Android phones.

The feature was spotted by an editor at The Verge. A Google spokesperson confirmed to the publication that the company is indeed rolling out the “Delete last 15 min” option and that it should be available to everyone in the next few weeks.

As of writing this article, I could not spot the setting on the updated Google app on my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, my iPhone 12 already has the option since Google rolled it out to its iOS app months ago.

That said, many folks aren’t satisfied with the 15-minute time limit for clearing their Google search history. Discussions on Reddit show that users would also like 30 to 60-minute options.

There are multiple alternatives for deleting your search history as well. Google also lets you batch-clear your search history for the last three, 18, or 36 months through its auto-delete option. Alternatively, you can delete the search history from your Google app for a specific period, day, or activity range.

What do you think of Google’s 15-minute search history deletion option? Do you think that’s enough time for a one-tap history clearing feature, or should Google extend it? Take our poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Should Google extend the time frame for its search history deletion feature?

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