Stop Google Searches from Appearing on Other Devices

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  • If your Google searches are showing up on other computers, that means you synchronized the accounts.
  • Your browsing history tells a lot about you so this article is all about how to stop syncing Google search history.
  • Using a different browser can prevent Google searches from appearing on other devices.
  • Another solution to this problem would be to get rid of the search history altogether.
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Google searches appearing on other computers are a common occurrence, especially if you operate a shared device or at some point, have accessed your Google account on another computer.

By default, your browsing history is now automatically backed up on a registered Google account, especially if you are using the Google Chrome browser.

Typically, Google searches start appearing on other devices that have, at one point or another, been used to access certain Google services that operate in sync with your Google account.

If you are stuck in this situation and are looking for a way out, this tutorial will be of great help.

Why is my Google search history showing up on other devices?

The Google search history or the browsing history and bookmarks will appear on other devices if the browsers are synced. Or, you are using the same Google account for both devices.

This could happen on Google Chrome or other browsers, but Opera is probably the best in this regard.

Is browsing history shared between devices?

Browsing history is shared between devices only if you use the browser with relevant settings in place or the same Google account. But for most of these browsers, this is the default setting, and you will have to manually disable it.

If you don’t want the Google searches to appear on other devices, try the solutions listed next to reconfigure things and fix the problem.

How do I stop my Google search history from showing on other devices?

1. Try an alternative browser

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Google has its sneaky ways to ensure that you’re always on your account and that all your activity is meticulously registered. Including, of course, Search history.

If you log in with, say your YouTube account, it’ll automatically log you on the Google search engine. That’s why we suggest switching to a different browser to avoid tracking.

If you want to prevent Google searches from appearing on other devices, switch to Opera.

This nifty browser is extremely privacy-oriented and it comes with a full-scale native VPN solution that not only keeps your data confidential but also anonymizes your browsing history.

That way, you’ll never be stuck with Google and the reoccurring Google searches on any other PC you once logged on.

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2. Erase search history

Note icon NOTE
We have listed the steps for Google Chrome, but the concept remains the same for all the browsers.
  1. Launch Google Chrome, and click Ctrl + Shift + Del to open the Clear browsing data window.
  2. Select All time from the Time range dropdown menu.All time
  3. Next, tick the checkboxes for all the three options here, and then click on Clear data.Clear data to fix google searches appearing on other devices

If your Google searches keep appearing on other devices, you might be able to fix the problem by clearing the search history. Once this is done, proceed to the next stage.

3. Remove additional Google accounts

  1. Open any web browser, go to the Google Account page, click on the profile icon at the top-right, and select Sign out of all accounts.Sign out to fix google searches appearing on other devices
  2. Click Continue.continue
  3. From all the accounts listed here, click on the one that you want to use.account
  4. Enter the password for it, and click on Next.Sign in to fix google searches appearing on other devices

To stop Google searches from showing up on other devices, this stage is essential. Here, you would have to remove all the other accounts (that are not yours) from your device. Once this is done, you would have only one (proprietary) account operating on the PC.

How do I turn off Google Sync?

  1. Launch Chrome, click on the ellipsis near the top-right corner, and select Settings.Settings
  2. Next, click on Sync and Google services.Sync and Google Services
  3. Click on the Turn off button to disable sync.Turn off to fix google searches appearing on other devices
  4. Finally, click Turn off in the confirmation prompt that appears.Confirm

To stop any other computer from accessing your searches, you have to disable the Google synchronization service to ensure your Internet searches/history/activity remains available only on your PC. Any changes made to it from now on won’t reflect on other devices.

So, if Google history was showing searches that you didn’t do, the methods listed here would help resolve things.

Also, find out what to do if your Gmail account is not receiving emails.

Let us know if you managed to solve this issue using one of the suggested fixes and of course, if you know any other possible resolutions, feel free to share them with us via the comments section below.