How do I clear my Internet browser history?

As you browse the Internet, most web page data is cached locally on your computer to help pages load faster and reduces the amount of data you need to transfer over your Internet connection.


To help keep your browsing history private, and to free up disk space on your computer, you can clear your local browsing history.

Select your Internet browser from the following list to get started.

Note: Once the history is deleted on your computer, you will not be able to recover it.


Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, replacing Internet Explorer on new computers.

  • View Edge history
  • Clear Edge history

    To view your Edge browsing history:

    In a Microsoft Edge browser window, open the history menu using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H.

    You can also access this menu with the following steps:

    1.Click the Hub Microsoft Edge Hub button in the upper-right corner of the window.

    2.Click the History Microsoft Edge History icon icon to open the history menu.




    This menu allows you to view the pages you've visited in chronological order.

    To clear your Edge browsing history:

    1.Open the history menu as described above.


    2.Click Clear history.


    3.Check the box next to each type of data you'd like to clear. Browsing history is the first item listed, so make sure this is checked.


    4.Click Show more for additional options. Select any that you would like to clear.


    5.Click Clear to erase the selected data.


    6.If you want the selected items to be cleared automatically when you close your browser, set Always clear this when I close the browser to On.


    7.When you're done, click the Hub

    Hub icon button.





    Mozilla Firefox

    There are several ways to view and edit your history in Firefox.

  • View Firefox history
  • Clear Firefox history

    To view your browsing history in Firefox:

    If you do not have a custom homepage set, you can click the view history, saved bookmarks, and more button in any browsing window. You may also press Ctrl+H.


    2.Or you can always view your browsing history in the History sidebar.

    Open it by pressing Alt to show the menu bar, then choosing View → Sidebar → History.



    3.You can also open your browsing history in the Firefox Library.

    To open this view, press Alt to show the menu bar, then choose History → Show All History.

    The keyboard shortcut for this view is Ctrl+Shift+H. When viewing your history here, you can highlight individual pages in your history and press Del to delete them.

    Right-click any item for more options.



    To clear your browsing history in Firefox:

    1.Click the hamburger menu Firefox Menu icon button.


    2.Select Options.


    3.Click on the Privacy & Security option in the left navigation pane.


    4.In the History section, click the Clear History button.


    5.In the Clear Recent History window, change the Time range to clear option to desired time frame.


    6.Click the Clear Now button to clear browsing history data for the selected time frame.





    You can also access this menu using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Del.


    Google Chrome

  • View Chrome history


    To view your browsing history in Chrome:

    1.In any Chrome window, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H, or navigate to the URL chrome://history.



    2.Or, click the Menu Chrome Menu
    button button, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window, and choose History, then History again.




    To clear your browsing history in Chrome:

    1.Click the Menu button Chrome Menu icon, choose More tools and then Clear browsing data. Or, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Del.



    2.Select what data you'd like to clear from your history using the drop-down menu and check the appropriate boxes.




    When you're ready to clear your history, click Clear data.

    Chrome logo Android

    Google Chrome on Android phone or tablet
    Viewing and Deleting History


    1.Open the Chrome browser on your Android phone or tablet.

    2.Tap the Menu Mobile Chrome menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen next to the address bar.

    3.In the drop-down menu, tap History.
    Tap CLEAR BROWSING DATA... at the bottom of the screen.

    4.Select the appropriate boxes.
    5.Tap the Clear button.

    Google Chrome on iPhone

    1.Open Google Chrome on your iPhone or iPad.

    2.Click in the Google search or URL bar at the top of the screen.

    3.At the bottom click View search history.

    4.Click the CLEAR ALL at the top-right of the screen.

    5.If you're sure, click CLEAR ON-DEVICE HISTORY.


    Opera

    The Opera browser has a very straightforward interface for viewing and editing your history.

  • View Opera history
  • Clear Opera history

    To view your browsing history in Opera:

    In an Opera browser window, click the Opera menu button The menu button in Opera. in the upper-left corner of the window and choose History to open the History tab. Or, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H.



    To clear your browsing history in Opera:

    1.Open the History tab as described above and click Clear browsing data...

    2.In the drop-down menu Obliterate the following items from:, choose how far back in time you want to clear your history. To clear everything, choose the beginning of time.

    3.Check the boxes next to the specific types of history you want to clear.

    4.Click Clear browsing data.




    Safari

    Safari is the default web browser on Apple's macOS and iOS operating systems.

    Although it was previously available for Microsoft Windows, as of 2012 Apple no longer supports Safari on Windows.

  • View Safari history
  • Clear Safari history

    To view your browsing history in Safari:

    1.Open the Safari browser.
    2.Click the History menu at the top of the screen. The menu lists recent pages from your browsing history, which you can navigate to by clicking on them. To edit your history or view it in detail, click Show All History...

    To clear your browsing history in Safari:

    1.Open the Show All History view. To delete individual history items, right-click them and choose Delete, or press the Delete key to clear selected history items.

    2.To clear everything, click Clear History.



    3.Use the drop-down menu to choose how far back to delete your history.

    4.Click Clear History.




    Safari on iPhone and iPad

    To view or delete your browsing history on iOS:

    1.Open the Safari browser on your mobile device.

    2.Scroll up until you see the address bar at the top of the screen and a toolbar on the bottom.

    3.On the toolbar at the bottom, click the fourth icon from the left that looks like a book.

    4.Click History.

    5.Click Clear in the lower-right side of the screen.

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