Google’s Android app will finally let you delete the last 15 minutes of your search history

Google is finally offering the option to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history on its Android app, the company has confirmed. The edge.

“We are currently rolling out this feature to the Google app for Android and expect it to be available to everyone using the app in the coming weeks,” Google spokesperson Ned Adriance said. in a press release. The edge. “We continue to explore ways to bring this useful feature to other surfaces.”

The feature was first spotted by the former XDA Developers editor Mishaal Rahman, who said he was warned about the apparently deployed feature, and a Edge the editor spotted the feature on his phone. To check and see if you have it, open Google’s Android app, tap on your profile picture, and look for the “Delete last 15 minutes” option.

This feature took a while to make its way to the Android app. Google first announced the feature at Google I/O in May, and it came to Google’s iOS app in July. At that time, Google had announced that it would be coming to the Android version of the app later in 2021, but for some reason the company missed that deadline. It’s unclear if Google plans to bring the feature to desktop – in its May announcement the company didn’t say which platforms it would be available on, and in July Google only said the feature would be coming. on iOS and Android apps. .

Google also offers a tool to automatically delete items from your search history that are three, 18, or 36 months old.

Update March 19 at 8:30 a.m. ET: Updated to add a statement from Google and to indicate that the feature is currently rolling out to Android.

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