You’ll then see a warning message requesting that you actually read it because “it’s not the usual yada yada,” and are advised to set up 2-step verification.
Above: Export message
Almost immediately, you’ll receive an email with a link to your search archive in Google Drive.
Above: Google Search history email
And here you’ll see a series of JSON files, split chronologically by quarter, which can then be saved as a ZIP file to your desktop. It’s worth noting that your search history will only show up for the period in which you have had the feature switched on in your settings, and for searches made while signed in to your Google account.
Above: Google Search history files
The latest offering is related to Google’s “Takeout,” a service launched back in 2011 designed to let users move their data out of Google. Thus far, it has catered to Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Picasa, and a handful of other Google services. The main notable omission thus far, however, has been Google Search, while the continuing absence of a Google Wallet archive will also be a minor irk for some.
Letting anyone download their search history in this way is designed to give users a sense of control over their data, and the move will be welcomed by many. But the overarching concerns over how Google manages its users’ data won’t go away anytime soon.