At the Google I/O 2022 conference in May, the search giant unveiled a new tool that allows people to easily remove their personal information from Google’s search results. This includes their phone number, email, or physical address.
In April, Google introduced an application form that addressed the same issue. But the new tool in the Google app makes this process much easier by integrating it directly into a menu in search results, rather than forcing you to go to another page to fill out a form.
The feature is currently rolling out in beta, so not everyone can access it yet, but here’s a look at how it works.
How to remove your personal information from Google Search
Once you have access to the new tool, you can remove it with a few taps whenever you see personally identifiable information about yourself in a search result. Just tap the three dots next to the Google search result, then select from the prompt whether it’s a phone number, physical, or email address.
That’s all. Google then evaluates the content on the page displaying your personal information to determine that it “does not limit the availability of other generally useful information” and, if applicable, blocks the respective search result.
As with the existing application system, this information is not removed from the website hosting the content, but only from Google’s search results. If you want to remove the content completely, you will need to contact the website directly and Google has a support page to help you with that.