After providing a host of exciting free enhancements to all Android phone users earlier this month, Google has now turned its focus to the Google app for Android. With a single tap, you can now delete the last 15 minutes of your search history. To be honest, I didn’t know Android users were missing this feature, which has been available in the iOS version for months. But hey, better late than never, right?

If you’re wondering why being able to delete 15 minutes is a good thing, it’s because it allows you to quickly go back without having to clear your entire search history. The classic example is when you’re shopping for your loved one on a shared device, but as someone who often searches for the details of the products I write about, it’s handy for me too: erasing the last part of my history research, I might not be followed on the Internet by advertisements for vacuum cleaners or sheds.

As with other server-side updates, the new feature isn’t coming to everyone at once, but Google says it will be fully rolled out within the next few weeks. To see if you have it, open the Google app on your phone and tap your profile picture in the top right corner. If you have the feature, you’ll see “Delete last 15 minutes” and a large blue NEW indicator immediately below the search history and above Recent.

Writer, musician and host Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how technology can help us live our best lives. His CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programs ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, authored two others and co-authored seven more books and a documentary series on Radio 2. When she’s not doodling, she’s the lead singer of Glasgow rock band HAVR (

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