How Long Does Bing Keep Search History?

Bing, the search engine by Microsoft, typically retains your search history for a default period of 18 months. This means that Bing stores information about the searches you make for approximately a year and a half.

However, this data retention period can vary by region and may be subject to change.

Here’s how you can manage your search history and access information about data retention policies:

 

Step 1: Access Bing

  • Open your web browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox) and go to the Bing website by typing “www.bing.com” in the address bar and pressing “Enter.”

Step 2: Sign In (Optional)

  • If you have a Microsoft account (like a Hotmail, Outlook, or Xbox Live account), signing in can provide you with more control over your search history. You can sign in by clicking on the “Sign In” or “Log In” option, usually located in the top right corner of the Bing homepage. If you don’t have a Microsoft account or prefer not to sign in, you can still use Bing but with limited history management options.

Step 3: Access Settings

  • Once you are on the Bing homepage, look for the menu icon, which is typically represented by three horizontal lines, in the upper right corner of the page. Click on this icon to open a dropdown menu.

Step 4: Navigate to Settings

  • In the dropdown menu, you should see various options. Look for “Settings” or “More,” and click on it to access Bing’s settings page.

Step 5: Find Search History or Privacy Settings

  • In the settings page, you’ll need to locate the section related to “Search history” or “Privacy.” The exact wording and placement of this section may vary slightly depending on the version of Bing or your location. Click on this section to proceed.

Step 6: Manage Your Search History

  • Within the “Search history” or “Privacy” section, you’ll find options for managing your search history. Here, you can typically do the following:
    • View Search History: You can usually see a list of your recent searches.
    • Clear Search History: Bing typically provides an option to clear your search history. Click on this option if you want to delete your search history.

Step 7: Review Privacy Policy

  • If you’re interested in learning more about Bing’s data retention policies or have specific concerns, there may be a link to the privacy policy or terms of service within these settings. Click on this link to access detailed information about data retention practices and privacy policies specific to your region.

Step 8: Follow On-Screen Instructions

  • Follow any on-screen instructions provided in the settings to clear your search history or make changes to your privacy settings. Bing may prompt you to confirm your actions.

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