Web browsing is probably one of the most used features on a mobile device, and everyone chooses different web browsers based on their preferences. Do you use Chrome or Firefox on your dedicated computer? Then you probably want the app equivalents on your device so you can sync the tabs between them. Do you like a quick browser with a distinct interface? Then you may enjoy Opera Mobile or the data friendly Opera Mini. Or do you just want a stock app with a stock look that does the job and nothing more? Then you most likely want the aptly named “Browser”, which comes preinstalled on Android devices.
Regardless of your browser of choice, everyone needs to know how to perform some of the same functions; one of those functions is deleting your browsing history. Why is it important to know how to do this? One scenario that occurs for me quite often is that I visit a website after discovering it in a search result, I discover it does not have what I need, and then I never visit it again; after a while, I become annoyed when I type in a new search query or web address in my browser and that website appears as a suggestion, clogging up the otherwise useful list of suggestions. Alternatively, if you share a device like a tablet with someone else and they use the same browser, they may come upon a website or search query you do not want them to see (for whatever reason; I will let you fill in the blank here). Whatever the case, knowing how to delete your browsing history can be useful.
In my post today, I will outline a guide on how to delete your browsing history in each of the aforementioned popular browsers. If I happen to miss your browser of choice and you need help, then please let me know in the comments and I will gladly assist you.
1. Open Chrome and select the more options icon in the top, right corner of the screen.
2. Select Settings.
3. Select Privacy.
4. At the bottom of the screen, select “Clear Browsing Data”.
5. A list of the different types of browsing data will appear, including browsing history at the top. Select the data types you wish to delete and then select “Clear”.
As a general aside, “browsing history” refers to the list of websites you have visited in your browser; “the cache” refers to data saved by your browser for sites you have visited previously that allow your browser to load the site more quickly; “cookies” and “site data” refer to data, like preferences, saved by a particular website that it uses to remember you upon your return; “saved passwords” refers to passwords you may have entered and asked the browser to save when you logged onto a website you have visited; and “autofill data” refers to data saved that will help you to enter data into forms, like first name, more quickly.
And as an aside about Chrome in particular, if you do not wish for a browsing session to be recorded in your history, choose “New incognito tab” instead of “New tab”.
Any websites you visit in that tab will not be listed in your browsing history.
1. Open Firefox and select the more options icon in the top, right corner of the screen.
2. Select Settings.
3. Under the “Privacy & Security” section, select “Clear private data”.
4. As with Chrome, a list of the different types of browsing data will appear, including Browsing & download history at the top. Select the data types you wish to delete and then select “Clear data”.
1. Open Opera and select the Opera icon in the bottom, right corner of the screen.
2. Select the History icon.
3. Select the “Clear All” button in the bottom, left corner of the screen.
4. Select “Yes” when prompted.
5. To clear other types of data in Opera, select the Settings icon.
6. Select Privacy.
7. Then select the right arrow box with the “X” in it next to each type of data you wish to delete. Select “Yes” for each when prompted.
1. Open Browser and select the more options icon in the top, right corner of the screen on the action bar that reveals itself when you scroll to the top of the current web page.
2. Select Settings.
3. Select Privacy & security.
4. Select the appropriate entry for each type of data you wish to delete. Then select “OK” for each when prompted.
That does it for this lesson on how to delete browsing history for each of the many popular browsers used today. As I mentioned earlier in the post, if I happen to have missed your browser of choice and you need help, then please let me know in the comments and I will gladly assist you. And as always, if you have any other categories you would like us to tackle, any apps you would like us to review, or any lessons about Android you would like to learn, please let us know those in the comments too. Thank you for reading!
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