Android update allows users to DELETE the last 15 minutes of their Google search history with a few taps
- Users can delete the last 15 minutes of history by tapping on their profile picture
- Android users then simply need to tap the option that says ‘Delete last 15 min’
- Google announced the feature and rolled it out to iOS – but not Android – last July
- It’s unclear why there was a delay bringing it to Google’s own operating system
Google’s Android app is finally letting you delete the last 15 minutes of your search history, the tech giant has confirmed.
The feature, which came to iOS in July last year, will roll out to all Android users globally ‘in the next few weeks’, Google has said.
On the Google app, Android users can access the feature just by tapping on their profile picture followed by ‘Delete last 15 min’.
Google automatically stores search history, meaning anyone who gets hold of your phone can see which websites you’ve visited.
Android users on the Google app have already been able to manually delete their entire search history or a day’s search history.
DELETE 15 MINUTES OF SEARCH HISTORY
– On your Android phone, open up the Google app (you can do this simply by searching for something in the Google search bar on the homescreen)
– Tap your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and tap ‘Delete last 15 min’
– If you can’t see the option, it should appear in the next few weeks
But the new tool provides a quick and simple way for people to erase a much more concentrated period of site visits.
Its appearance on Android was first noticed by Mishaal Rahman, former editor-in-chief at XDA Developers, who posted screenshots to Twitter, and confirmed by Google to The Verge.
‘We’re currently rolling this feature out on the Google app for Android and expect it to be available to everyone using the app in the next few weeks,’ Google spokesperson Ned Adriance said.
‘We’re continuing to explore ways to bring this helpful feature to other surfaces.’
When Google announced the new feature in July 2021, it rolled out to iOS users that same month and was meant to roll out to Android by the end of the year.
However, the Android rollout was delayed for unknown reasons. MailOnline has contracted Google for more information.
Now it’s finally arrived, the feature will prove handy for users who want to only delete more specific searches without getting rid of a load of older searches at the same time.
Already, Android users on the Google app can clear different periods of search history, by clicking on their profile picture followed by ‘Search history’ and ‘Delete’.
A drop-down menu then gives users the option to ‘Delete today’, ‘Delete custom range’ or ‘Delete all-time’.
There’s also the option to have search activity automatically deleted after a certain time period on the app – either three months, 18 months or 36 months.
On desktops, the option to clear search history ranges from the last hour to the last four weeks, or all of time.
It’s unclear if the ability to delete the last 15 minutes of history will come to desktop.
IPHONE USERS SAY APPLE’S NEW IOS 15.4 UPDATE IS RUINING THEIR BATTERY LIFE – WITH REPORTS OF CHARGE DRAINING WITHIN A FEW HOURS
Apple finally rolled out its iOS 15.4 update for iPhones in mid-March – but users have been complaining that the update is ruining their battery life.
Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: ‘ios 15.4 battery drain is absolutely ridiculous. why can’t Apple ever get releases right the first time. Down 5% in less than 10 minutes.’
Another posted a photo of how their battery had quickly depleted since installing the update, writing: ‘SOS Apple. Battery draining too fast.’
And one added: ‘My battery drained so fast after i updated my ios to 15.4.’
iOS 15.4 includes several exciting features, including 37 new emoji, a ‘gender-neutral’ voice for Apple’s smart assistant, Siri, and the ability to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask.
Read more: iPhone users say Apple’s iOS 15.4 update is RUINING their battery life
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