Steps to Clear Your Browser History & Cache
If you've come across this article, you're probably curious as to how you are to clear your browser history. Not only should you consider clearing your cookies, but you should clear your browser history from time to time.
For what reason? Not because you should hide anything majorly negative (unless it's a gift for someone) from people, but because:
- It's exciting to start over.
- Perhaps you're attempting to overcome an issue brought by your personal history.
- You don't want anyone to stumble upon an embarrassing item that you've searched for.
In other words, think of wiping your browser history as a reset button of sorts. Yet, how would you go about performing such a task? That's what I'm here for; to show you how to wipe your browser history clean with a step-by-step guide.
How Do I Clear My Browser History?
There are several ways to clear your browser history, but it's all dependent on the electronic you use. Let's begin with the iPhone.
How to Clear Browser History on iPhone
The iPhone naturally relies on the Safari browser. To delete your browser history:
1. Tap "Settings"
2. Tap on "Safari"
3. Press onto "Clear History and Website Data"
Like with cookies, clearing your history from Safari won't change your AutoFill information.
How to Clear Browser History on Android
Deleting your browser history on Android is easy. There used to be a stock browser, but for many Android devices, the browser has been phased out and replaced with browsers such as Google Chrome and Samsung Internet. For now, let's just go over the Samsung Internet browser:
1. Open the Internet browser
2. Tap the "MORE" button
3. Tap on "Settings"
4. Select "Privacy"
5. Tap on "Delete personal data"
6. Choose "Browsing history"
7. Finally, select "DELETE"
How to Clear Google History
According to Gizmodo, Google Chrome became the most popular web browser as of May 2016, pulling ahead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer/Edge browser. In May of 2016, Chrome controlled 41.66 percent of the market, whereas Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge together pulled in 41.35 percent.
Since then, more users (including myself) have welcomed Google as their browser overlords. So you should know how to clear your browser history with the number one browser. Here's how you do it for your computer, Android, and iPhone:
How to Clear All of Your History on Computer
1. Open Chrome
2. At the top right, click "More" (the three vertical dots)
3. Hover Over "History," then click on "History"
4. Over to the left, click on "Clear browsing data"
5. From there, you can click on the drop down menu to select how far back you'd like to delete your browsing history
6. Check the box for "browsing history"
7. Finally, click on "Clear browsing data"
How to Delete Your Browsing History on iPhone
- On your iPhone or iPad, open up the Chrome app
- On the top right, you'll notice the "More" button, with three vertical dots; tap on that
- Choose "History"
- On the bottom, you'll see "Clear Browsing Data"; tap on that
- Tap the checkbox of "Browsing history" if it is not already checked
- Tap "Clear Browsing Data"
- Again, confirm by tapping "Clear Browsing Data"
- Finally, tap "Done," and you should then be good to go
How to Clear Your Browser History with Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is a recent addition to the browser family, for all intents and purposes, and it is meant to replace Internet Explorer. This browser comes packed into Windows 10, Windows Phone, and more! Since it falls just behind Google Chrome in terms of market hold, I figured it would be a good idea to suggest how to clear your browser history with Edge.
Your browser history, which includes the information you've previously entered into sites, forms, and more, can be cleared by:
1. Select the "Hub" menu, which has three vertical bars
2. Click on "History"
3. Choose "Clear all history"
4. Select what you'd like to remove from your PC (in this case, "Browsing History"), then finally click on "Clear"
However, do note that if you're using Cortana and would like to clear the browsing history that happens to be stored in the cloud, choose "Change what Microsoft Edge knows about me in the cloud," then select "Clear browsing history"
How to Clear Browser History on Firefox
1. Click on the Menu button, located at the top-right with the three vertical bars.
2. Click on Clear Recent History.
3. Select 'Everything' within the 'Time Range to Clear.'
4. Check off Browsing Data & Download History, then click Clear Now.
How to Clear Cache
Your browser's cache is a collection of data stored on your computer's hardrive or phone storage, including web pages, images, text, and other media you might encounter while surfing the web. Your cache might sound like just another thing that slows your computer down, but having cached data in your browser is actually quite helpful. A local copy of a webpage allows for quick loading the next time you visit your favorite sites. Normally, your computer or device will have to download this information from the Internet in order to display it. Cached data shortens this time and allows you to continue surfing without interruption.
Normally, your computer or device will have to download this information from the Internet in order to display it. Cached data shortens this time and allows you to continue surfing without interruption.
Just like browser history, and Internet cookies, it's important to clear your cached data every now and then. Cleaning your cache forces your browser to retrieve the newest copy available from the website. A corrupted browser cache may also lead to 404 or 502 errors, so it's a good idea to clean your cache when you find yourself having an issue with your computer or device.
How to Clear Cache on Mac
1. Open a Finder window and select "Go to Folder" in the Go menu.
2. Type in ~/Library/Caches and hit enter to proceed to this folder.
Optional step: You can highlight and copy everything to a different folder just in case something goes wrong.
3. Go into each of the folders and clean out everything.
Note: We recommend that you remove the insides of these folders, but not the folders themselves.
How to Clear Cache in Chrome
1. Open Chrome.
2. On your browser toolbar, click More, which is the button with the three dots.
3. Head over to More tools, and then click Clear browsing data.
4. In the "Clear browsing data" box, click the checkboxes for Cookies and other site and plug-in data and Cached images and files.
5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose beginning of time to delete everything.
6. Click Clear browsing data.
How to Clear Cache on iPhone
1. Head to Settings, then click on Safari.
2. Scroll down to Clear History and Website Data.
3. Tap Clear History and Data.
How to Clear Cache in Firefox
1. Go to Tools or the Menu button located in the upper right corner.
2. Tap the gear symbol, which is Options.
3. Go to the Advanced Tab, then hit Network.
4. Hit Clear Now under 'Cached Web Content.'
How to Clear Cache & Search History Recap
As we've noted above, clearing your browser history is rather simple. However, do note that you can always clear your browser history with third-party programs, such as Piriform's CCleaner. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to scrub your history clean, so you can begin anew without fret.
Of course, you should not just wipe your browser history but also your cookies from time to time, as they may conflict with updated websites and, at times, contain your personal information.
Also, it's a good idea to backup your files, just in case they are wiped or lost thanks to some hardware (or software) malfunction, so be sure to check out the best online backup software.