How to Clear Your History in Any Web Browser

Clear Your Browsing History in All Main Web Browser

Every web browser has a section with your browsing history. It's a list of your viewed websites that also contains link of a domain, date, and time when it was visited. Browsing history comes in handy when you need to find websites that you have previously visited. It also helps to complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar. Usually, the information of past browsing activities is stored for 90 days.


Although search history can sometimes be beneficial, it's recommended to clear your history on a regular basis as it also clears cache and cookies.


A web cache is a temporary storage holding copies of graphics and other website elements that help frequently-accessed webpages to respond faster. As thousands of people use the same web pages at the same time, it demands more resources to run smoothly. Temporarily storing website content in your browser reduces the amount of data downloaded and speeds up the page-loading process.

How to Clear Your History In Any Web Browser

Cookies are usually small text files with ID tags used by various extensions, add-ons, and other browser-based software. They are created when you visit a website that uses cookies to track what you do, what you are authorized to see, and where you go next. Cookies help resume where you left off on a website if an error occurred, remember your registered login, theme selection, settings, and other customizable functions. Session cookies are temporary. Once you leave the site, they are deleted. Persistent cookies file remain in your browser and are activated again when you visit the website that created those cookies. As cookies usually don't contain a lot of information, it cannot be used to reveal your personal information.

From time to time, clearing your history will keep your browser running smoothly and keep you a little bit more private on the web.

Even though cache and cookies won't harm your computer, suppose you want your search and browsing history to remain private, without cleaning it out every few days. In that case, you should use your browser's incognito mode. An incognito mode or private browsing is an enhanced privacy mode that lets you surf the web without sending tracking information to websites, storing cookies, and history. However, it doesn't make you invisible online. Sites like Facebook or Amazon will recognize you and record your browsing activity if you log in to their site with your data even in incognito mode. In other words, history won't be stored in your browser, but any site you log into will collect your activity.

When you decide to erase your browsing history, you'll get a list of various types of data. You can choose to delete everything or keep certain cookies and cache to have quicker access to some websites. No matter what browser you're using, it's relatively easy to delete history. Just find your browser below and follow the steps.

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Safari

Safari is the default browser for macOS and iOS created by Apple.

If you want to clear all history, then:

1. Open the Safari browser.
2. Click on “History” in the upper menu bar.
3. Click on “Clear History”.

Clear browsing history in Safari browser

4. Click on the drop-down menu next to “Clear”.
5. Choose how much history you want to clear and click on “Clear History”.

Clear all history in Safari browser

If you want to delete individual sites, then:

1. Open the Safari browser.
2. Click on "History" in the menu bar and then "Show All History".

Access safari browser history in menu tab

3. Double-click on a day.
4. Choose a link.
5. Right-click on the link and select “Delete”.

Delete individual site history in safari browser

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome browser was developed by Google, accessible on various operating systems.


If you want to clear all history, then:

1. Open the Chrome browser.
2. Simultaneously hold down Command+Y key.
3. In the upper left corner under History, click on "Clear browsing data".

Clear browsing data in Google Chrome

4. Check which elements you want to delete in the "Advanced" tab.
5. Choose a time range.
6. Click on "Clear data”.

Clear all time data from Chrome browser

If you want to delete individual sites, then:

1. Open the Chrome browser.
2. Simultaneously hold down Command+Y key.
3. In the History window, check sites you want to delete.
4. Click on "Delete" in the upper right corner.

Delete individual website history in Chrome browser

You can also access History from the upper menu bar:

1. Open the Chrome browser.
2. Click on “History” in the upper menu bar.
3. Click on “Show Full History

Access Chrome browser history in the menu tab

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Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Foundation developed the Mozilla Firefox browser. It uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages and is available on various OS.

If you want to clear all history, then:

1. Open the Firefox browser.
2. Click on the book icon in the upper right corner and click on "History".

Open Mozilla Firefox browsing history in the browser

3. Click on “Clear Recent History".

Go to Clear Recent History to delete all browser history

4. Click on the drop-down menu next to “Time range to clear”.
5. Choose how much history you want to delete.
6. Choose which elements you want to delete under “History” and “Data”.
7. Click on “OK”.

Delete all history in Mozilla Firefox browser

If you want to delete individual sites, then:

1. Open the Firefox browser.
2. Click on the book icon in the upper right corner and click on "History".
3. Click on "View History Sidebar".
4. Select a date folder or an individual link and click on the "Delete" button on your keyboard or right-click on the selection and click "Delete".

Delete individual page in Firefox browser

You can also delete History from the upper menu bar:

1. Open the Firefox browser.
2. Click on “History” in the upper menu bar.
3. Click on “Clear Recent History”.

Quick history delete in Firefox browser

4. Click on the drop-down menu next to “Time range to clear”.
5. Choose how much history you want to delete.
6. Choose which elements you want to delete under “History” and “Data”.
7. Click on “OK”.

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Opera 


The Opera browser is supported by various OS, including macOS and iOS. It was developed by Opera Software.

If you want to clear all history, then:

1. Open the Opera browser.
2. Click on a clock icon in the left sidebar.
4. Click on "Clear Browsing Data"

Clear al history in Opera browser

5. Go to the "Advanced" tab.
6. Choose the elements you want to delete.
7. Click on "Clear data”.

clear all time history in Opera browser

If you want to delete individual sites, then:

1. Open the Opera browser.
2. Click on a clock icon in the left sidebar.
3. Hover on a link and click on the X.

Delete individual page history in Opera browser

You can also access History from the upper menu bar:

1. Open the Opera browser.
2. Click on “History” in the upper menu bar.
3. Click on “Show Full History”.

Open Opera browser history in menu tab

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Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows computers. Microsoft developed it.

If you want to clear all history, then:

1. Open the Edge browser.
2. Click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
3. Click on "History".
4. Select "Clear Browsing Data".

Clear browsing history in Microsoft Edge

5. Choose the time range and elements you want to delete.
6. Click on "Clear Now”.

Delete all time history in Microsoft Edge browser

If you want to delete individual sites, then:

1. Open the Edge browser.
2. Click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
3. Click on "History".
4. Choose "Manage History".

Manage Microsoft Edge browser history

5. Check the sites you want to delete.
6. Click on "Delete" in the upper right corner.

Delete individual website history in Edge browser


You can also access History from the upper menu bar:

1. Open the Edge browser.
2. Click on “History” in the upper menu bar.
3. Click on “Manage History”.

Access Edge browser history in menu tab

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