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The Google App on Your Android devices has secretly been taking screenshots of your recent searches.

I bet you didn’t know the Google app on your Android device keeps a screenshot of your most recent searches. For every search you make using the Google app pre-installed on your phone, a screenshot is kept on file so that you can re-visit it at a later time.

The idea behind this is according to GHacks, is to provide an easy access to what you searched previously on your local device. It offers convenient access to your previous search results which is useful in a case where you need to look up addresses or phone numbers you’ve searched up online before without having to run the whole search again.

The downside to this otherwise useful feature is that it is enabled by default and may raise some privacy concerns.

How to access your Google Recent screenshots

If you are currently unable to find the Recent feature on you Google app, you may need to update your Google app via the Play Store.

Step 1

 

Step 2: Tap on the Recent icon

 

Step 3: Tap on the bllue corner to ungroup your Recent search results

 

Step 4: Swipe up on any search result or pages you do not wish to keep

 

But if you do not fancy the Google Recent feature or you are concerned about privacy, you can disable it by following the steps below.

Step 5: Tap on the three dots on the top right hand corner and click on ‘Settings’ as indicated

 

Step 6: Turn off the Google Recent.
Step 7: Tap on OK to fully Disable Google Recent

 

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Akin A
A MUFC fan with serious love for gadgets and all things tech. Not the movie-loving type, more like the kinda guy you'll see with a PS4 controller. I like good music - any type, as long as it sounds good. Oh and I'm a very picky eater too. Apart from science and tech, I follow all kinda stuff in politics, sports, business and entrepreneurship.

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