Introducing the new Search History link on Google

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 3:37 PM

Have you ever tried to remember how to get back to a website that you found from a recent search? Today in the US, we’re launching a new search history feature which helps you quickly get back to sites you've been to and see items you have starred from your Android, iPhone, or desktop searches. Just sign in and then tap the history link at the bottom of the Google homepage.
If you’ve enabled search history in your account (tap “Settings” and select “Save Searches” under “Search History”, then tap “Save”), the history that you see is a combination of all your searches done while you are signed-in, whether you are searching from a laptop at home, your desktop computer at work, or your phone while on-the-go. Your mobile searches are marked with a little phone icon so you can tell them apart. For websites you’ve visited while searching on a desktop or laptop, you’ll see screenshot thumbnails that can help you recognize and return to the right sites quickly.
If you want to remove any history items, you can tap the "Edit" button at the top of the page and delete individual search queries. If you prefer to stop recording search history all together, choose the “Do not save searches” option under "Settings" on the home screen and tap “Save.”

At the top of the History page, you can also select your “Starred items,” which shows a list of search results you’ve starred on your computer or phone. Let’s say after researching places to snorkel in Hawaii, you found a website full of photos about Kealakekua Bay that you want to return to later. To star the Kealakekua Bay website, simply click on the star next to the Kealakekua Bay website on Google search results. Thereafter, whenever you want to return to the site, simply click on the “Starred items” option in history. This way, while you’re out with friends, you can easily get back to the website and show pictures of this magical cove right from your phone.
We hope you find the new History link useful!

30 comments:

Charly NET said...

Of course is usefull, I've been waiting for this for a long time...

Thanks!

Renee said...

Can you guys please tell me the ideology behind changing the 'image search' interface for google? I hate how cluttered, hectic and unhelpful it has become. I cant be the only one complaining.. anybody out there?

David said...

awesome!

Miguel said...

useful tool for the "starred items", but how come you can only see 10 starred items? It would be nice to see your all of your "bookmarks" and be able to managed them by labels.

Thanks.

Carlton Moore said...

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Vikram said...

All that is brilliant but why is there NO way to sign out of your account in the gmail native app on android so that I dont have people who are so excited to play with my phone snooping through my email?

Joe Lazarus said...

Great. Any chance you can add a blog search option to the mobile search page under the "more" tab?

lowlight said...

Someone at Google Mobile needs to look at this.. PLEASE! http://bit.ly/deYs0D

xammm said...

Why only in the US?

Nozomi said...

Why not available in Symbian?
s60 browser is webkit based as same as chrome.

sallyanne said...

Great addition...when will it be coming to the UK?

Stela James said...

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Noah said...

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Calvin said...

In addition to starred, it would be nice to be able to filter on just mobile or desktop searches. The indicator icon is useful, but limiting the results would be much more helpful.

RAKESH said...


i think its really so much excellent technology google history from mobile

Yabroudonline.com said...

I will be waiting it as an arabic user of google mobile :)

Justin said...

I like how google STILL treats all other mobile OS's (Palm's WebOS) Like the ugly step child!!! ANY PHONE USING THE WEBKIT HAS THE ABILITY TO DO THIS!!! YOU NEED TO MENTION PALM WEBOS IN YOUR POSTS!!! I'M GETTING TIRED OF THIS!!

Vance said...

@Justin ... haha, Palm WebOS

Andy said...

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Roddick said...

Keep on Adding Features...But make it at right time and able to reach the customers quickly!!!

CHAEYOUNG said...

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rahul said...

I love this mobile. I like features.
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Shilpa said...

this is realy good job to comparing each other.

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John said...

This tip works on any Palm webOS device too because it uses WebKit just like Android and iOS do. Come on Google, please start mentioning webOS in these posts!

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Gabriele Carboni said...

Hi guys, why don't you add this feature also to the standard page?
And I'd like too, to have always my "favorities" with me, in the phone, at computer, every time i login into the google page, everywhere. thanks

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