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i understand they can access my searches when i'm logged in, and of course know the search terms i use, but how can i prevent them to logging searches to my account when:

  • i'm not logged in
  • and in private mode
  • my account has search history turned off already (updated thanks to izzy answer)

i'm on a Nexus One with CyanogenMod7, using stock browser with no patches or add-ons.

steps:

  1. open browser
  2. enable private mode
  3. clear all cookies
  4. search for "asdf unique search"
  5. close tab.
  6. clear all cookies/history/cache
  7. exit private mode
  8. close browser
  9. open google search
  10. type "a"

expected behaviour: google knows nothing of my search

what happens: it autocompletes "asdf unique search"

Also, all my g accounts on this phone have history.google.com turned off.

is there any server that i can block in my network for this to stop happening?

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What browser are you using? –  ZnewmaN Apr 2 '13 at 17:33
    
Stock browser. package "Browser" v. 2.3.7 –  gcb Apr 2 '13 at 18:15
    
How about Chrome and using Incognito mode? –  Al E. Apr 23 '13 at 20:15
    
@AlEverett i will give it a try, but i can't see how chrome will be much different from the stock browser (in fact, for other things privacy related, it's even worse) Also, i think it still uses the same rendering engine the stock browser uses, doesn't it? –  gcb Apr 24 '13 at 18:01
    
That's why I suggested incognito mode. "Pages you view in this tab won't appear in your browser history or search history, and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your mobile device after you close all incognito tabs." (Google support on incognito mode) –  Al E. Apr 24 '13 at 18:11
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1 Answer

First, you can delete your search history:

  1. Visit your Web History page at https://www.google.com/history or click the gear icon gear icon on the upper right corner of a search results page, and go to Web History.
  2. Click the gear icon gear icon again on the upper corner of the Web History page, and go to Settings.
  3. Click the delete all link.
  4. Click the Delete all button to confirm.

Next, you can turn off your Web History completely (same source):

  1. Visit your Web History page at https://www.google.com/history or click the gear icon gear icon on the upper right corner of a search results page, and go to Web History.
  2. Click the gear icon gear icon again on the upper corner of the Web History page, and go to Settings.
  3. Click the Turn off button next to "Web History is on." To start keeping track of your web search activity again, click the Turn on button.

So now you have deleted all past sources, and prevented new ones from being created. Hopefully.

Further, Turn off search history personalization gives you details on how to opt-out of "Signed in searches" and "Signed out searches". For the latter:

  1. Visit google.com/history/optout when not signed in to a Google Account. (If you see the Google homepage, try visiting the link again.)
  2. On the resulting page, click Disable customizations based on search activity. (Because this preference is stored in a cookie, it'll affect anyone else who uses the same browser and computer as you).

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odd, my account already have all that set. so, i'm thinking it's something internal to android browser + search app. –  gcb Apr 24 '13 at 18:02
    
OK, so I should add the hints I obviously ommitted: Clear your browser cache and history :) Same for the search app (Settings->Apps->Manage Apps, scroll to the search app, "clear cache" and optionally "delete data"). But that's not the account (which you asked for), but the device. Should I update my answer with these details? –  Izzy Apr 24 '13 at 18:26
    
so i have to clear my cache on both apps everytime i do a google search in incognito mode? –  gcb Apr 25 '13 at 16:59
    
You can also use one of the history cleaners from google play, of course :) –  Izzy Apr 25 '13 at 18:58
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