You can now save your search settings to your Google account

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 22, 2012
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
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Google's search settings are available to all users of the search engine, regardless of whether they are signed in to their account or not. Here you can change the SafeSearch filter from the moderate filtering position to strict or no filtering, change the number of results per page, decide whether you want personal results to be displayed in the search results or make automatic use of a block list of Internet sites that you do not want to see in the search results.

Up until now these settings were only saved as a cookie on the local computer. If you deleted that cookie, for instance with the help of the temporary file cleaner CCleaner or by clearing the browsing history in your browser, you'd end up having to change the settings again to make use them. In addition, switching to another web browser on the same system, or using Google Search on another computer also meant that you could not make use of your search settings until you changed them on the configuration page again.

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Google today announced that it has added a feature to Google Search that allows you to save search preferences to your Google Account. The settings will automatically be saved to your Google Account when you modify them while signed in, and are then available every time you use Google Search while logged in to the account.

Google users can still save search settings while they are not logged in to the account, and nothing changes in this regard for users who do not sign in when they use Google Search. For users who are always signed in to their account, it makes things more comfortable as settings are now available regardless of web browser or computer used to access Google Search.

Only the SafeSearch filter and language preferences get synchronized on desktop and mobile devices. All other search preferences are handled separately for desktop and mobile clients.

The option to save search settings to the Google Account was a long requested feature that has now been added to Google Search. (via Techdows)


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  1. Gregg DesElms said on August 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Excellent! Finally.

  2. DanTe said on August 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Right now, Google lets you enter a lot of changes, but nothing is saved. Interesting to note that is click the Settings link in Android, it gives you more choices.

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