Delete browsing history to prevent websites from tracking you and block them from serving targeted advertisements. It also helps to make your web-browser faster.
Web Browser stores about the sites you visit using cache and cookies and maintain a profile about your interest. We recommend you clear these data at regular intervals.
What is browsing history?
Every web browser stores the information about the websites (usually the name and URL) you browse. The primary objective of saving this is to make you able to keep track of the sites you have visited so that you can return to the website anytime.
The period for which the history is kept depends upon which web browser you are using, for example, Google Chrome stores the history of all the sites you have visited for the last 90 days. Browser history is accessible by all the people with whom you share your device. To avoid others to know about the websites you visit you need to clear the browser history of the web browser from time to time.
How to delete browsing history from Firefox?
- Open Mozilla Firefox on your device.
- Click on the menu option. The menu icon is three horizontal lines (≡) arranged in a column at the rightmost corner of the page, just below the close (cross) icon.
- A drop-down menu will appear; find and click on “Options”.
- In the left pane of the page, click on Privacy & Security.
- Under the “History” heading click on Clear History.
- A sub-window will pop up. Select the time range from when you want to clear your browsing data. If you want to delete entire browsing data click on “Everything” at the last of the Drop-down option that appears as you click on the field to enter the time range to clear.
- You will see the list of all the things that you will be able to clear. Check the boxes which you want to erase and uncheck the boxes which you want to keep safe. For example, if you don’t want to delete the login credentials of your active login then uncheck “Active Logins”.
- As you are done selecting the data you want to delete and the time range to clear click on “Clear Now”.
All the cache, cookies and browsing history will be deleted from the Firefox browser on your device.
Don’t want Firefox to remember your browsing data?
Instead of deleting browsing history regularly, you can set Firefox not to remember your browsing data.
- Open Mozilla Firefox
- Click on the menu icon and then click on “Option” in the dropdown list that appears.
- Click on the Privacy & Security tab in the left panel of the page.
- Under the History heading, you will see Firefox will “Remember history”. Click on the downward-facing arrow after “Remember history” and then click on “Never Remember History” from the drop-down list.
- A sub-window will appear instructing you to restart Firefox, click on “Restart Firefox Now” and the Firefox will not remember your browsing data now onwards.
Private window in Firefox
You can also use Private Window in Firefox if you don’t want Firefox to keep track of your activities on the internet temporarily. To enable Private mode,
- Open Firefox Browser
- Click on Menu icon
- Select New Private Window.
The shortcut key to open New Private Window is Ctrl+Shift+P.
Delete browsing history from Chrome
- Open Chrome Browser either from your PC or smartphone.
- Click on the menu (3 dots arranged horizontally) of the top right corner. After that click on the History option from the menu. You can also reach the history page using short-cut key Ctrl+H.
- In the history page, you will see the list of all the sites that you have browsed through Chrome. Select the pages individually by checking the small square box in front of the link. To select the entire history press (Ctrl+A).
- Once you finish selecting the history that you want to clear click on the “Delete” option that lies towards the top right corner of the page.
- A sub-window will pop up to confirm that you want to delete the selected items from the history of your browser. Click on “Remove” to confirm.
- This will delete your browsing history from Chrome permanently.
Alternative way to clear browsing data from Chrome
- Once you reach the history page of Chrome (Ctrl+H), click on the “Clear Browsing data” option in the left panel.
- A sub-window will appear displaying you the type of browsing data that you can delete.
- Select the “Browsing history”. If you want to clear cookies and caches, select them as well.
- Now select the time period from when you want to delete Browsing history. If you want to delete entire history, select “All Time” from the Time range box.
- Click on “Clear Data” and all the browsing history from your Chrome browser will be deleted.
Incognito mode in Chrome
Browsing web from Incognito mode won’t save any browsing data in Chrome. If you are browsing any site that you don’t want your browser to remember, then you can browse such sites in incognito mode. To enable incognito mode:
- Open Chrome Browser
- Click on the menu option (3 dots arranged vertically).
- From the drop-down menu that appears click on “New Incognito Window”.
The shortcut key to open the Incognito window in Chrome is Ctrl+Shift+N.
Clear browsing history in Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge from the device where you want to Clear Browsing Data.
- Click on the menu icon towards the top right corner of the page. Menu icon is the three dots (…) arranged in a row.
- Now click on the Settings option at the last of the drop-down list that appears.
- Scroll down to find Clear Browsing data and then click on “Choose what to clear”.
- Select the data that you want to erase. Since we are discussing the procedure to delete cookies, caches and browser history, check the boxes before “Browsing history”, “Cookies and Saved Website Data” and “Cached data and files”.
- After you are done selecting the things you want to delete and then click on “Clear”.
All the browsing data that you have chosen to delete will be erased from Microsoft Edge.
Open new InPrivate Window in Microsoft Edge
Just like any other popular web browser Microsoft Edge also has an InPrivate mode. The browsing history will not be recorded by Edge when you are browsing in this mode. To enable this mode
- Click on the menu (…)
- Select “New InPrivate Window”.
Delete browsing history in Opera browser
- Open Opera Browser.
- Click on the Menu icon that lies towards the top left corner of the page. The menu icon is the icon of Opera in red color.
- As you click on the menu, a drop-down list will appear. In the drop-down list click on the “Settings” option. This will take you to the settings page. “Alt+P” is the keyboard shortcut to reach the settings page.
- Now, click on the “Privacy & Security” option that in the left panel of the page.
- Under privacy option click on “Clear Browsing Data”.
- A sub-window will pop up. In the sub-window mark all the things that you want to delete and uncheck them that you want to keep safe. Besides this select the time from when you want to clear data that you have just selected.
“Ctrl+Shift+Del” is the keyboard shortcut key to reach this sub-window directly.
- After you finish selecting the browsing data you want to delete and the time frame from when you want to remove them, click on “Clear browsing data” and all the browsing data is now cleared from the Opera browser on your device.
New Private Window in Opera Browser
If you don’t want Opera Browser to remember the browsing data temporarily, you can use a Private Window. To open a private window in Opera,
- Click on the menu icon at the top left corner of the page
- Choose a New Private Window from the drop-down list that appears.
“Ctrl+Shift+N” is the keyboard shortcut key to go to a Private window in Opera directly.