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Why Can’t I See My Recent Searches on Google App?

Google is the globally most popular fully automated “search engine” in which we search different queries like “product information” and “finding a solution to a problem”. Google saves the history of the searches that we do through our Google account. It shows suggestions and recent searches when we open the search bar of Google. This feature is very helpful when we mistakenly close the tab and want to open it again quickly. 

This blog will demonstrate the reasons and solutions to solve the recent searches not shown on Google.

Why Can’t I See My Recent Searches on the Google app?

Reason that causes our recent searches not to show is “web and app activity” is unintentionally paused or disabled. The second reason leading us to this error is “personal result” feature is disabled. So, make sure the web and app activity or personal result is enabled in order to resolve the “cannot see my own recent searches” error. 

How to Enable Web and App Activity on Android Smartphones?

The web and app activity is a feature of Google that store the “search history” that we do on Google. We can enable this feature from our account settings, and the steps to enable web and app activity features are listed below: 

Step 1: Open Google Account Settings

To access Google account settings, first, open the Google app and hit the “Profile” icon. Select the “Manage your Google Account” option:

Step 2: Open Web and App Activity

After that, navigate to the “Data and Privacy” tab, and select the “Web & App Activity” option:

Step 3: Enable Web and App Activity 

Finally, tap on the “Turn on” option to enable it:

These steps will enable web and app activity on Android phones.

How to Enable Personal Result Feature on Android Smartphones?

The “personal result” feature will display our previous searches under the search bar of Google. The personal result will get recent search data from the web and app activity history. To enable this feature, we will go through the convenient steps:

Step 1: Open Google Account Settings

Access the setting of Google account by tapping on the profile and then clicking on the “Manage your Google Account” option same as it is described above.

Step 2: Open the Personal Result tab

Now, select the “Data and Privacy” tab and scroll down to open the “Personal Result in Search” tab:

Step 3: Enable Personal Result Feature

Finally, toggle the switch to enable the personal result feature:

Alternative Steps to Enable the Personal Result Feature

Step 1: Open Settings of Google

In the Google search bar, hit the “Profile” icon and select the “Settings” option:

Step 2: Enable Personal Result Feature

Select the “Personal Result” tab and toggle the switch to enable it.

These steps will enable the personal result feature and display the recent searches in the search bar, as we can see in the below picture:

Following these well-explained steps will definitely resolve the issue. 

When Else we Cannot See Searches History on Google Search Engine

We will be unable to access our recent or old search history on the Google search engine when:

  • We are not logged into our Google account.
  • We are using the incognito mode of the browser.
  • We have not made any history yet or we have cleared the entire browser history.

Moreover, we can also clear our browser cache completely to remove bugs or outdated cached files. This can be done using the steps enlisted in the next section.

How to Clear Cache Memory of the Google on Android Smartphones

The cache memory of Google is the files that got corrupted due to some reasons. We can resolve these errors by clearing the cache memory from the app on devices, we can do so using the following steps.

Step 1: Open the Apps Option From Settings

First, navigate to the settings and then select the “Apps” option:

Step 2: Find the Google in the Apps

After that, hit the “Manage Apps/ All Apps” option and then select “Google” in these apps.

Step 3: Clear Cache Memory 

Finally, tap on the “Stora” option and then select the “Clear Cache” option:


The error “I cannot see my recent searches on Google app” occurred due to different reasons such as “web and app activity is paused” or “personal result feature is disabled”. We can resolve this error by enabling the “web & app activity” and “personal result”. To enable web and app activity, first, open manage account settings and select the “data and privacy” tab. Choose the “web and app activity” option and then turn it on. To enable the personal result feature, first, go to the “Data and Privacy” tab and then select the “personal result” option. Toggle the switch to enable it.

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