Clear Browsing History on Any Browser

Any browser remembers every site you go to, which can be problematic if you’re sharing that same device with someone.
So if you’re using a public or work computer that another person can access, it’s sometimes recommended that you clear everything up.
It’s usually a precautionary measure so that nobody can access your data. Not only can they see where you’ve been, but they'll also see if you’ve been to certain websites that could lead to an avoidable argument.
So read on to find out how you can clear the browsing history on any browser.

Clear Browsing History on Safari

Safari is the default browser on iOS devices, so here are the steps on how to clear the history either on Macs or devices like iPhones and iPads.

On Macs

Open the Safari browser on your Mac, then on the top bar, click on the “History” tab, and a drop-down menu will appear.
From that menu, click on the “Clear History” button at the bottom, which will open a pop-up box.
This box prompts you to choose how far back you’d like to clear your browser history. You can choose between “the last hour,” “today,” “today and yesterday,” or “all history.”
After you have made your selection, click on “Clear History.”

On iPads and iPhones

To clear your browsing history, cookies, and cache on your mobile devices, you’ll first tap on the “Settings” app.
Navigate to “Safari'' and tap on it. At the bottom of the page, click on “Clear History and Website Data,” and you’re done.

Clear Browsing History on Google Chrome

Unlike Safari, Google Chrome isn’t restricted to iOS devices and works on almost all Android devices and PCs.

On Desktops

You’ll need to launch Google Chrome first.
After it launches, at the top right of the window, next to the user’s profile pic, there are three dots, aka the “More” button, which will look like this “⋮”; click on it.
From the drop-down panel, click on the “History” button, which will reveal another side menu. Again, click on “History” from the second menu, and it will open a new tab.
On the left part of the window, you’ll find the “Clear browsing data” button, click on it, and this will open a new box window.
From this new window, you can choose how far back you’d like to clear your browsing data, ranging from the last hour to all time.
Click on “Clear data” to delete what you want.


  • The second, third, and fourth steps can be bypassed by pressing the shortcut “Ctrl + H” on your keyboard after launching Chrome.
  • In the “Clear browsing data,” you can click on the “Advanced” tab and choose exactly what you’d like to clear, including “Download history,” “Cookies and other site data,” and so on.

On Phones

Tap on the Chrome app to launch it.
Like it's desktop counterpart, there is a three dots button “⋮” at the top right of the screen. It’s next to the profile picture and the tabs counter. Tap on it.
A drop-down menu will appear; from the items available, tap on the “History” button.
In the “History” tab, tap on the “Clear history data” at the very top of the page. This will take you to a new page.
On this new page, select how far back you’d like to clear your data, which will be next to “Time Range.” At last, tap on “Clear data.”


On iPhones and iPads, the “More” button is on the bottom right in the Chrome app rather than the top right on Android devices.

Clear Browsing History on Microsoft Edge

There are a few ways to get to the “Clear browsing data” box, but first, you’ll need to launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
Click on the “More” button aka “...” on the top right of the page, similar to Google Chrome.
In the middle of the panel, you’ll find the “History” button. Click on it, which will open a small menu.
From that small menu, click on “History” at the top to open a new tab that has your history.
At the top right, you’ll find the “Clear browsing data” button; click on it to open a new tab with a new pop-up window.
In this pop-up window, you can choose what to delete and the time range as well. After you’ve made your selections, click on “Clear now” below.


Like in Google Chrome, you can press the shortcut “Ctrl + H” on your keyboard once you open the app to get to the “History” tab faster.
Alternatively, You can reach the “Clear browsing data” through the settings by:
  1. Clicking on the “Settings” button at the bottom of the “More” menu.
  2. Select the “Privacy, search, and services” tab on the left.
  3. Scroll down to the “Clear browsing data” section of the page.
  4. Click on “Choose what to clear,” and it will open the same aforementioned box.

Clear Browsing History on Mozilla Firefox

As always, launch your Mozilla Firefox browser, then click on the “Menu” button.
Doing that will open a panel, from which you’ll have to click on “History.” Then click on “Clear Recent History…” which will open a small box.
From this small box, select the time frame from the first drop-down menu, and tick the boxes of everything you want to clear. Finally, click on “OK.”

Clear Browsing History on Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you’re one of the few people who is still using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, you’ll need to launch the browser like any other.
Then click on the “Tools” button. After that, navigate your mouse to “Safety” and select “Delete browsing history.
After that, you’ll need to choose what exactly it is you want to clear and select “Delete.”


You should always be careful to make sure that your data is secure when using devices that can be shared. Even if you’re not sharing your device with anyone, clearing the history will prevent bugs and performance errors.
Alternatively, use the private/incognito mode on your browser next time, as it opens the browser as if for the very first time and, more importantly, doesn’t save your browsing history.