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April 20, 2015

Google Search history now downloadable

by John_A

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Last year Google started testing an option for users to download their search history instead of just viewing it in their browser. Google appears to have now rolled out this feature to all users. If you surf to your history, accessible at history.google.com, you can click on the settings icon in the upper right corner and you should see an option to Download. According to a statement from Google,

“You can download all of your saved search history to see a list of the terms you’ve searched for. This gives you access to your data when and where you want. When you download your past searches, a copy of your history will be saved securely to the Takeout folder in Google Drive. You can download the files to your computer if you want a copy on your computer.”

When Google finishes processing an account’s history, an email will be sent notifying the user the file is ready for download. Since search histories can include some sensitive information, Google advises users to use 2-step verification on their accounts and to be sure they will not be forced to leave the file behind on a computer they no longer have access to, like a work computer.

The file that Google delivers is a zip file that contains JSON files. Based on a sample, it appears Google packs three months worth of data into each JSON file.

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source: Google Operating System Blog

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