Like many big tech services, Gmail tracks your habit and behavior in some ways to make your work easier and faster the next time you are using the service. One of those features is the search queries that are stored so you may perform autocomplete when finding a specific email.
But you might don’t want to be drowning in the sea of old keywords you no longer use or search for. Therefore, it’s always a good practice to keep your daily drives lean and clean. So here’s how to delete your Gmail search history instantly.
There are two ways to do that on different platforms. This article covers the guides for the Gmail app and web version on a desktop.
How to delete search history on the Gmail app (Android & iOS)
It’s not exaggerating to say that the app version is much more powerful than the desktop version. It’s possible to delete all the search history data at once — something that wouldn’t be possible on a desktop (we’ll look into that later).
Even if you are more comfortable using the Gmail desktop, this method is worth trying as it will also remove search history on a connected desktop account. So, here’s the guide.
1. Open the navigation drawer in the top left corner.
2. Select Settings.
3. Then go to General settings.
4. Tap More options in the top right corner.
5. Hit Clear search history.
6. Confirm the action, tap Clear.
How to clear history on Gmail desktop
Clearing the search queries on the Gmail desktop is straightforward. You only need to navigate to the search bar and it will show some of your previous search queries. Next to each of them, you can click the remove icon (x).
Unfortunately, you can only remove the query one by one. There is no way to batch-remove the history.
However, as I mentioned earlier, clearing search history on the Gmail app will also affect the desktop. Therefore, it’s the only decent alternative if you want to get it done faster.
I hope that helps!