Using Colby Apps: Manage Web History Service

Google’s Web History service may offer more relevant search results and recommendations across Google’s products and services should you choose to allow Google to save and use your web search activity for this purpose.

By default Web History is off for all Colby Apps accounts. Here are directions should you wish to use it: 


Turning Web History On
  1. Open a web browser and go to https://www.google.com/history/
  2. Log in using your Colby Apps username (your full @colby.edu email address) and password
  3. You will be presented with a welcome screen
  4. If you click No thanks at this point the Web History will remain off, and none of your Google search activity will be saved.
  5. If you click Turn Web History on you will be presented with the following screen

Note: When you turn on the Web History service for the first time, you should close your web browser and re-open it before proceeding, otherwise your changes may not be saved.


Managing Your Web History

Once you have turned on the Web History service you can remove individual saved items or all saved items. Here are the steps for doing each:

  1. Open a web browser and go to https://www.google.com/history/
  2. Login with your Colby Apps username (your full @colby.edu email address) and password if prompted
  3. You will be presented with a list of your saved search history
  4. You can check as many of the entries as you want and click the Remove button. This will remove only the entries you had selected.
  5. If you want to remove all entries in your Web History, click the Remove all Web History button. You will be asked to confirm your choice and warned that this will also pause your Web History service. Click OK if that is what you intend to do.

Pausing the Web History service is, for all intents and purposes, the same as turning it off. While paused, no further searches or other web activity will be saved but all existing saved data will remain. Here are the steps for pausing the service, but leaving all existing saved entries intact:

  1. Open a web browser and go to https://www.google.com/history/
  2. Login with your Colby Apps username (your full @colby.edu email address) and password if prompted
  3. Click the Pause button
  4. The screen will change to say Web History is paused
  5. To turn Web History back on, simply click the Resume button