Google Dashboard Redesign Ramps Up Privacy Control

One of the advantages of being a Google user for years now is that all your interaction with Google, every place where you have gone where you were connected to the internet, every YouTube video that you watched while you were signed in, every mail you’ve received, every document, spreadsheet or presentation you have created and every photo you have uploaded are all with a single service provider. The Google Dashboard is your one-stop solution to look up all your services in one go.

Google has today announced that they are bringing changes to the Google Dashboard. The company has brought around a complete redesign of the Dashboard and it is now more user friendly, and displays the information in a more meaningful and relevant manner.


Google Dashboard Gets Major Design Changes


Google knows everything about you. Where you’ve been, what you’ve been searching for, what you’ve been watching on YouTube and much more. The Google Dashboard allows you to see the information you share with Google, as well the information about you that is public. You can change both of these settings via the Google Dashboard.


Google has redesigned the dashboard after surveying over 4,000 people last year. The new and the old designs can be seen side by side in the image above. The redesigned Google dashboard will be live starting next week for all users. The new Google Dashboard shows information as a quick snapshot rather than you having to scroll through an endless list of apps and services.


This new Dashboard will be able to tell you at one glance about how many e-mails are there in your Gmail, how many documents have you created, how many photos have you uploaded, what Google Maps knows about you and much more. All of this can easily be controlled from one central location. Moreover, Google has also talked about the four important tools of the Google Dashboard.


Four Major Tools of the Google Dashboard



Google talked about four major components of the Google Dashboard:


My Activity


Google Dashboard’s My Activity was introduced last year and it allows the users to take a look at all the information Google has about the user and all of the user’s interactions with Google at one place. Users can track down anything they did at any point of time on Google. Moreover, the activities can be deleted if they do not want any trace of it to remain.


My Account


Google introduced My Account feature in 2015, the main aspect of which is the privacy checkup feature. This allows the users to ensure what kind of information is public and what kind of information about them remains private. It also allows the users to control the kind of data Google has about them.


Download Your Data


This feature has been around for about six years now. In these six years, Google claims that users have downloaded over 1 Exabyte of data. The Download your data option is now being made more prominent and is being moved to the main page of the Google Dashboard. This allows the users to download their data and directly move it to OneDrive or Dropbox.


Ads Preferences Manager


The fourth and final tool that the Google Dashboard offers is that of the ads preferences manager which allows the users to have some amount of control over the ads that they see. Users can select their interests so that the ads that they see are relevant to them.