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Knowledge That Matters: How To Clear The Browsing History

Clear cache and Cookies

clear browser cache

Web browsers use cache to make browsing experience faster for the users. That means whenever you use a browser, it save some information from the web to help a page load easily to reduce the loading time. The process over a considerable time period adds cookies and cache to your device. This makes it important to clear browsing history. The ways for clearing the history for different browsers have been explained here.

However, Clearing the Browsing history, Cache and Cookies Deletes the Following:

  • Saved password

  • Earlier bookmarked pages

  • Address bar prediction, and

  • Shopping cart contents

While you may perform the browser cleaning frequently to resolve performance problem of your device time-to-time, it is recommended to save the passwords and the other details listed above in the bulleted format.

Here is the guide to take you through the steps to clear browsing history of web and mobile devices:

Android

The steps to clear the browsing history, cache, and cookies depend upon the version of Android you are having and your preferred browser on the device. However, the simple steps go as:

  • Choosing Apps or Application Manager through Settings

  • Select the All tab

  • In the list of Installed apps, choose web browser to tap on the same. Select Clear Data and Clear Cache

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

Chrome For Android

  • Open Chrome menu > Settings.

  • Go to (Advanced) Privacy.

  • Select All Time, from the "Time Range" drop-down menu

  • Skim through cookies, cached images, files and site data

  • Click on clear data

  • Exit the browser window and you are done

Chrome for iOS

The settings go like this:

  • Select Chrome menu > settings

  • Click Privacy

  • Tap clear browsing data

  • Choose the data you wish to clear

  • Click clear browsing data

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

Safari for iOS

  • Click and open settings app

  • Tap Safari

  • Click “clear history and website data” and confirm the same

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

How To Clean Cache And Browsing History of Desktop Browsers

Let’s discuss the steps one-by-one

For Chrome

  • In the chrome bar, enter the following link

           chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

  • Through clear browsing data window, click advance

  • Select these choices

          - Browsing history

          - Download history

          - Cookies and other site data

          - Cached images and files

You will find a “Time range” drop down menu, you can choose actual time period for which you want to delete the data. To clear entire cache, select All Time

  • Tap on clear data

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

Microsoft Edge

  • Click the three star horizontal line placed at the top right

  • Tap the history icon and select clear all history

  • Select the choices including browsing history, cookies, and saved website data, cached data and files and click clear

  • Taping the clear all will prompt you a message to exit the browser

Firefox

  • Browse to history menu to select clear recent history

          (note: if your menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible)

  • Select the required range from the “time range to clear drop down menu” now select everything

  • Click the down arrow, next to details, click the elements to clear

  • Click, clear now

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

Opera

  • Go to Opera menu to select settings, choose privacy and security, and clear browsing data

  • The dialog box "Obliterate the following items from: drop down menu, choose the time from when you wish to clear the history

  • Select the following

          - Browsing history

          - Download history

          - Cookies and other site data

          - Cached images and files

  • Click clear browsing data

  • Exit the browser and reopen the same

Safari 8 and Later

  • Go to Safari menu to select clear history or clear history and website data

  • Select the desired time range and tap clear history

  • Go to Safari > Quit Safari, you can press command Q to exit the browser completely

Aparna <span>Growth Strategist</span>
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