Google My Activity: The comprehensive guide for more data protection and control

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In today’s digital era, where every click, every search and every interaction leaves a trace online, it is more important than ever to develop an awareness of your own data and its management. Google My Activity is a powerful tool in this context, providing users with unprecedented visibility and control over their interactions with Google services. This guide serves as a comprehensive guide to understand the importance of Google My Activity and how you can use it to get an overview of your searches, website visits, video views and manage this data.

What is Google My Activity?

Google My Activity is a service from Google that allows users to view and control their activities within the Google product suite – such as Search, YouTube, Maps and more. It provides a detailed view of what you’ve done, which websites you’ve visited, which videos you’ve watched and much more. Through this transparency and control, Google My Activity helps users to better monitor and protect their online activities.

This is how you can access your Google activities

1. open your web browser: Start by opening your favourite web browser. This can be Chrome, Firefox, Safari or another browser.

2. visit the Google My Activity page: Enter the URL in the address bar of your browser. You can also simply search for “Google My Activity” to find the link to the page.

3. sign in to your Google account: If you are not already signed in, you will be asked to sign in with your Google account. Enter your email address and password. If you have multiple Google accounts, make sure you sign in with the account whose activity you want to view.

4. check your activities: As soon as you are logged in, you will be forwarded directly to “My activities”. Here you can see a detailed overview of your interactions with various Google services, including search queries, websites visited and videos watched.

5. use the available filters: To refine your search, you can use the filter options provided by Google. You can filter your activities by date, product (such as YouTube, Google Search, etc.) and other criteria.

6 Manage your data: You now have the option of reviewing and deleting individual activities or changing data storage settings. Use Google’s tools to manage your data effectively.

Following these steps will give you direct access to “My Activity”, where you have full control over the data you share with Google. By regularly checking your activities and adjusting your settings, you can make an important contribution to protecting your privacy on the Internet.

How Google My Activity works

Activity management

Google My Activity records various types of activity, including search queries, websites visited and videos watched. This data is assigned to your Google account and can be accessed for detailed analysis.

Personalisation and advertising

The information collected via Google My Activity can be used to personalise the user experience and display more relevant advertisements. However, users have the option of deactivating the personalisation of advertising.

Review and cancellation of activities

Regular checks of your activities and the targeted deletion of data that you do not wish to have stored are essential steps to protect your privacy.

Google allows you to set up automatic deletion intervals for your data, which ensures continuous control over the stored information without you having to intervene manually.

Follow these steps to remove data from your Google account:

Go to Google My Activity: Log in and navigate to “My activities”. Here you will find an overview of your activities.

Customise advertising preferences

By adjusting your advertising preferences and disabling personalisation, you can control the way your data is used for advertising purposes.

These are the advantages of “My activities” from Google

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Google My Activity provides a powerful platform for monitoring and controlling the personal data collected through the use of Google services. By understanding how it works and proactively using the tools available, users can take a significant step towards improving their online privacy and data security. It is an essential part of digital self-management at a time when privacy and control over personal information is more important than ever.


What exactly can I see in Google My Activity?

You can view detailed information about your search queries, websites visited, videos viewed and other interactions with Google services.

Can I delete certain data in Google My Activity?

Yes, you can delete specific activities from your history or completely deactivate the collection of data for certain services.

Does deleting my data affect the personalisation of my Google services?

The deletion of data can affect the personalisation and relevance of the services and advertisements offered by Google, as less information is available for customisation.

How often should I check my activities in Google My Activity?

It is recommended that you check your activities regularly, at least once a month, to ensure that you only save the data that you really want to keep.

Olga Fedukov completed her studies in Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg. In eology's marketing team, she is responsible for the comprehensive promotion of the agency across various channels. Furthermore, she takes charge of planning and coordinating the content section on the website as well as eology's webinars.


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