Google has launched a new feature for its mobile search engine that might not seem all that exciting, but which can actually be quite handy. When you visit google.com in a mobile browser, you can now click on the “history” link near the bottom of the screen to bring up a list of your recent searches — and not just searches from your phone, but from any machine you’re logged into.

In other words, say you’re trying to remember the name of that restaurant you looked up before you left the house. Just grab your iPhone or Android phone, go to Google.com and hit the search history button and you should see a list of recent searches you made from your desktop browser — which could help you find the right place.

If you actually visited a web site in your last search, you’ll even see thumbnail images of that web site next to the search history results.

You can remove history items by tapping the edit button at the top of the page. You can also see results that you’ve starred, either on your desktop browser or your phone.

If the whole thing seems kind of spooky, you can disable search history by selecting “do not save searches” under the settings menu.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...