How to disable search history saving in Google Chrome

Instructions for those who don’t want to manually delete your Google Chrome entries all the time.

By default, the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome store your site history and search query in your Google account. If you want to fix this, change your settings.

Open the “Activity Tracking” page, and enter your Google account password if necessary.

Then under “App and Web Search History,” click the “Disable” button. And uncheck “Also save Chrome history and activity data on sites, apps, and devices that use Google services” and “Save voice control history.” Done, the browser will no longer record the pages you visit.

But the log you’ve already saved will remain in your account. To erase it as well, go to the “My Google Actions” page. Click “Delete” → “All time”.

Another option for stopping your search history recording is to work in Google Chrome in incognito mode.

You can also make the browser always start in it automatically – read on to find out how to set that up.

How do I make Chrome always start in incognito mode?

By default, Chrome remembers the sites you’ve visited and also saves cookies, download history, and other data. When you want to visit a site without anyone noticing, you incognito-open it so that the browser doesn’t record all that information (or at least it shouldn’t).

Some users may want to always use incognito mode if they don’t need the site log and cookies. Here’s how to do it.

Right-click the Chrome icon in the taskbar to bring up a menu of frequently visited sites. Between “New window in incognito mode” and “Unhide from taskbar” you’ll see “Google Chrome”, right-click it. Click “Properties.”

In the window that opens, in the “Object” field, you’ll see the path to the Chrome app, something like this:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”.

Add at the end of it the key

-incognito

so it’s behind the quotation marks, like this.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -incognito

Click OK.

The next time you open Chrome, it will immediately launch in incognito mode. Keep in mind that this will only work if you start Chrome from the taskbar, not the Start menu.

If you want to return to normal startup, remove the incognito key from the path in the icon properties.

-incognito

Or just delete the Chrome icon from the taskbar and recreate it.

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