How to manage your activity on Google?

How to manage your activity on Google?

Online privacy has always been a controversial point between companies, apps, software, and users. Google, one of the biggest data companies in the world, gathers user information to develop new products and services, this is how “Google My Activity” works.

What is Google My Activity?

There’s no denying that Google has become an essential part of our daily lives (even more so to Android users).  Google My Activity is a service that allows users to review and manage their activity across all of their services (Maps, Online Searches, YouTube, etc.).

This works on multiple devices as well, if you’ve signed in to your Google Account your activity will be recorded regardless if it is a PC, Laptop or a Mobile Device.

How does Google My Activity work?

Like we said, this service records your activity across devices and Google-related apps and websites. Then the information is placed on My Activity page for you to review it. 

The most common pieces of data that are recorded from each user are:

  • Searches made on Google
  • Watched YouTube videos
  • Places visited or searched on Google Maps

Why does Google save this information?

The current online trend is to provide a unique user experience and help people find the information they are looking for with as little effort on their part as possible. Google harnesses user data to provide faster search results and improve recommendations across multiple platforms and devices.

Who can see My Activity on Google?

Anyone can access their own My Activity profile on Google, but no one can see any of your information unless they have access to your Google Account. 

But knowing there’s a company out there recording everything you do online might sound creepy, that’s why Google takes strides into letting their users control what is recorded and just how much information can be stored.

With Google’s My Activity you have total control over what information is stored. According to their privacy guidelines you can choose how often Google must delete any data they have on your activity across their services or if they should store it in the first place. 

How to Access Google My Activity?

There are multiple ways you can access My Activity and review your information. The first one is through the Google app on Android, these are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open the Google App.
  2. Go to your profile by tapping on the icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Make sure you are on the account you want to manage (Google allows you to have multiple accounts synced on one device).
  4. Once you’ve chosen the right account tap on “Manage your Google Account”.
  5. Scroll down to the “History Settings” section and tap “My Activity”.

The second option is through a computer, either PC or Mac, and the only thing you have to do is go to the My Activity website.

How to Manage My Activity?

As a default option, Google My Activity will continue to keep records of your activity unless you tell it not to. 

To stop tracking go over on “Activity Controls” on the sidebar in either Computer or Mobile Devices. This will take you to a new page where you can disable the web & app activity. Turn off the slider and then click on the “pause” button.

Google mentions this will modify your experience when using their services but in our experience it has little to no effect on the results obtained on Searches, Maps on YouTube.

In Conclusion

Google My Activity is a service that gathers (as its name suggests it) your activity across multiple Google services for you to review it later and for Google to provide you with a more personalized user experience when you search for something in any of their apps or websites.

This might raise concerns about the privacy of their users. Fortunately, Google allows you to choose what is being recorded, stored, and for how long. It also provides you with the option to delete any data that has already been collected.

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