How to export your Google web history before deleting it


How to export you Google history before deleting it?

Before you delete the history, you can see the complete Google Web History inside of your Gmail account: this is the link: https://www.google.com/history/ or here

Google will “share” your web history among Google’s products such as Google Apps, Youtube, Google+, Google.com search, etc. The way it does is by saving that history each time you logon to your google account (now we understand why we need a google account, in addition to upload our youtube videos and check our emails)
Starting March 1st 2012 Google will officially change its private policy. Since Google motto is “Don’t be evil” I am sure you are going to trust them right?… Ok, if you have second thoughts here is an option: You can export the Google history as a feed, save to your hard drive (I like to use my cute pdf printer to print to a pdf file) and then delete the whole Google history.
So here is the URL (you need to logon to your Google account) of the feed:

http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=1000 (the num parameter controls the number of items included in the feed)

or click here


The feed is in xml format (see explanation below), so you can extract the juicy part using an Excel filter or any other application to extract the part you want.
When I logged on to my account I was able to see all my search criteria I used since May 2007.

NOTE: Once you printed the RSS feed list to a PDF format, saved as a HTML file or text file, you have a choice to remove all the history by clicking on “Remove all the Web History” button, or selecting the check boxes next to the items you want deleted and then press the “Remove” button

See Google’s Policy change explained

By the Way, RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.
if you want to learn more about RSS read this

RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.

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