How to clear Google search cache on Android and why you should do it

Did you know your Android device retains your Google searches such that numerous sites and services can use that data to personalize ads and other types of recommendations? For many that’s fine and that level of personalization makes using the platform even easier. There are others, however, that view this as an invasion of privacy. Such users like to retain control over how much of their search history is saved and when it’s deleted.

Fortunately, for those who like more control over their mobile platforms, Google makes it possible to not only manually delete that data but set devices to auto-delete the search cache.

I’m going to walk you through the process of both — manually deleting that search cache and configuring Android to auto-delete saved data.

To do this, you’ll need an Android device that is connected to your Google account. I’ll be demonstrating on my go-to Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12 with the April security patch applied.

Let’s get to work.

How to manually clear the Google search cache

From your Android App Drawer, open the Google app. In the resulting window (Figure A), tap your profile image in the top-right corner.

Figure A

The Google app running on a Pixel 6 Pro.

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