How to opt out of Google's new personalized search results

Follow these simple steps to prevent Google from accessing your personal accounts.

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Google recently added new voice recognition capabilities to its Search applications on Android, iOS, and within the Chrome browser. The update includes similar features to those found in Google Now, such as the ability to track flights, search for photos you have taken, check reservations, and track recent purchases with a simple voice command.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Google revealed that it pulls the information directly from a user's Gmail, Calendar, and Google+ accounts. Although the data is sent through an encrypted connection and only visible to you, some people may not be comfortable with Google going through their personal accounts.

Here are two ways how you can opt out of personalized results:

Temporarily

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To temporarily disable the feature, simply click the globe icon at the top right-hand corner of the search page. This will turn off personalized results for your current search session. This method will have to be repeated, however, each time you search something new.

Permanently

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The feature can be disabled permanently in your search settings, which can be found next to the globe icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen. Click on the gear icon, select Search settings, and visit the Private results section. You should see an option to permanently disable private results, select it, and begin searching without personalized results.

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The voice-powered Search feature will be rolling out to users over the next few days. Google said that it expects the update to reach all users in the U.S. by the end of the week.

About the author

Dan Graziano is an associate editor for CNET How To. His work has appeared on BGR, Fox News, Fox Business, and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn't tinkering with the latest gadgets and gizmos, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

 

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