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How to Delete your Internet Browsing History

Why would anybody want to delete his/her Internet browsing history? Because it is not a very good idea to let other people know about what you have been searching, browsing or what personal information you were entering on third-party sites. Autofill form is the latest in the string of information that is stored by your browser with or without your permission. Just place the cursor in the search box and you may probably see the last 5 entries you have made earlier.

Ensuring your browser history is empty and there’s nothing that gets stored is all more important when you’re using a public computer for booking tickets, placing an online order or doing any other activity. To avoid an awkward situation or potentially unsafe data threats, make it a point to periodically delete history on your personal devices and laptops. If you are using a public computer, do it immediately after you are done browsing. Here’s how it should be done:

How to Delete History on Google Chrome?

1. Deleting history on Google Chrome is very easy. Click on the three horizontal bars on the top-right corner of the browser, go to History, select the pages you want to delete, and click on Clear History button. Alternatively, you can delete the entire browsing history in one click by selecting the option ‘Clear Browsing History’ and select the period.

Chrome History

2. To delete other information such as cookies, auto fill forms, passwords, etc., go to Settings and click on Advanced Settings on the bottom of the page. Click on Privacy Settings, and select the data from the checklist that you want to delete.

Google Chrome History

3. The best option while using a public computer is to use the browser in Incognito Mode. In this mode, no session data or information is stored in the browser memory.

How to Delete History on Mozilla Firefox?

1. On the top panel of the browser, click on the Menu button and go to the option ‘Clear Recent History.’ If you want to select particular URL links to delete or delete links from a particular time period, click on time range drop-down menu and select the time period. The options are: Last Hour, Last Two Hours, Today, Last Week and Everything.

Firefox history

2. Alternatively, you can go to Options, click on Privacy Panel and select “Firefox will never remember history.” You can even customize it by selecting “Firefox will use custom settings for history,” and select what all information to remember from among the checklist. Some users also keep the setting to “Clear history when Firefox closes.” This ensures that you don’t have to delete history manually on a public computer after your work is over. The moment you close the browser, the session history expires.

Firefox History

3. You can also browse in the Private Mode by selecting a Private Window from the Menu. This ensures that the browser does not store any information for that particular session.

How to Delete History on Internet Explorer?

Though there are many versions of Internet Explorer available, more or less the procedure to delete Internet browsing history remains the same. Go to Tools on the Menu Panel, click on Internet Options from the drop-down menu under Tools. On the General tab there, go to the Browsing History section and click the delete button. You can also select the categories of data you want to delete by checking the boxes.

Similar to laptop, you can also delete browsing history on your mobile devices from the phone settings or separate app settings.

In case you still have any queries, please share with us in the comment section below.

How To Clear Your Internet Browsing History

As you browse the Internet, you leave a record of your activities and important information in multiple forms. This recorder information is known as digital footprint or simply the Internet browsing history. Some of the forms/categories in which your information is stored are:

  • Search Engine History
  • AutoFill Form History
  • Cache and Cookies
  • Browser History
  • Download History
  • Login History

The names are self-explanatory and indicate the kind of details stored under each head. Most people prefer to clear Internet browsing history periodically, especially if they are using public or shared computer. It is not that you have something to hide, but it is always advisable to clear your browsing history in order to ensure that your personal details and browsing behavior don’t fall in the wrong hands.

You can clear your Internet browsing history by following simple steps as mentioned below:

How to Clear History on iPhone?

iPhone uses Safari as a default browser. For clearing your browsing history, tap on the Settings icon, go to Safari and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data.’ You can also ‘Clear Cookies and Data’ but that would imply entering your general information such as name, address, and other personal details once again.

If you have downloaded separate Google and Gmail applications, go to settings menu on that particular app and select ‘clear history.’ It will erase all your search and browsing history, resetting it to nil.

How to Clear History on Android Phones?

Though there are different browsers that you can install and use in an Android-based smartphone, there is a standard way to clear/manage browsing history. Go to settings in the phone and tap the Privacy option. Under that, select Clear Browsing Data. This option is present on the top right corner of the settings screen. A list will appear and you can select the types of data you want to clear.

Alternatively, you can clear the history from the browser app, google search and other apps that store user information.

How to Clear History on Google Chrome?

Chrome has a suite of applications that offer different features. These apps are available on both desktop/laptop and smartphone devices. More or less, the data and information on these apps can be centrally managed via History and Advanced Settings option.

You can clear your Internet browsing history from the Settings option under the Chrome app. Go to Settings by tapping on the three horizontal lines on the top right corner, tap on Privacy option, and select the information you want to clear – search engine, autofill forms, passwords, etc.

Are you still facing any problem while clearing your Internet browsing history on your cell phone, PC or laptop? Share with us your queries in the comment section below.

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