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delete browsing historyYou may often clear your computer’s browsing history How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History As you browse the Internet, tracks of websites you visit are left on your computer, including cookies, cached websites, a history of visited sites and searches, site preferences, and more. These data reveal your browsing... Read More , but that isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. The mobile browsers your use on your Android smartphone Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify? Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify? Android phones are very tweakable and customizable, even in their stock form without any "hacks". But for some of us, we don't care if they're customizable right when we get them, but instead we want... Read More or tablet 4 Reasons To Buy An Android Tablet Over An iPad [Opinion] 4 Reasons To Buy An Android Tablet Over An iPad [Opinion] With the iPad, Apple has a great product that is dominating the tablet market. And it's clear why. The iPad looks amazing, works really well, and has a plethora of apps available for it. The... Read More remember your browsing history, too. Anyone that gets access to your phone can see exactly which webpages you’ve visited. If you use multiple browser apps, each one stores its own browsing history.

These steps will take you through deleting your browsing history in five of the most popular web browsers for Android, as well as the Google Search app included with Android. If you’re using a different, less-popular browser, the steps will be similar – open your browser’s menu, enter its settings screen, and use the options you find there to erase your browsing history.

Built-In Browser (Internet)

If you’re using Android 4.0 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich It’s a new year, and we have a new version of Android. Known popularly by the code name Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 is an important update to Google’s mobile operating system. It will be... Read More or earlier, the built-in browser is named “Internet.” To erase your browsing history from this built-in browser, tap the Menu button and select Settings.

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From the Settings screen, scroll down to the Privacy settings section and use the following options to clear different types of browsing data: Clear history, Clear cache, Clear all cookie data, Clear form data, and Clear location access. You can also use the Clear passwords option under Security settings to erase the passwords you’ve saved in the browser.

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Chrome For Android

To erase your private data in Chrome for Android, tap the menu button, tap Settings in the menu, and tap the Privacy option. From the Privacy screen, tap the Clear Browsing Data option at the top-right corner of your screen.

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Select the types of data you want to clear and tap the Clear button.

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Dolphin Browser

To clear your browsing history in Dolphin Dolphin Browser HD - Fast & Elegant Mobile Browsing On Your Android Dolphin Browser HD - Fast & Elegant Mobile Browsing On Your Android Dolphin Browser HD is a mobile browser for Android 2.0.1 and up. With over 250,000 downloads, it is the most popular browser on the Android market. The browser supports flash, HTML5, navigation with gestures and... Read More , tap the Menu button, select Settings, and tap the Privacy & Personal Data category. From this screen, use the Clear Data option to clear your browsing history, cache, cookies, and other data.

You can also enable Browsing Without History to prevent Dolphin from remembering your browsing history. This functions as a sort of permanent incognito, or private-browsing, mode 4 Uses for Browsing in Privacy Mode (That Isn't Porn) 4 Uses for Browsing in Privacy Mode (That Isn't Porn) Read More .

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When you tap the Back button to leave Dolphin, you’ll also be asked if you want to clear your browsing history and cache. Select Clear History and tap Exit to close Dolphin and clear your browsing history. You can also select Do not ask me again and Dolphin will automatically clear your browsing history whenever you close it.

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Firefox for Android

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Tap Clear private data under Privacy & Security, select the types of data you want to clear, and tap the Clear data button.

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Opera Mobile

To clear your browsing history in Opera Mobile Opera Launches New Versions Of Mobile Browsers [News] Opera Launches New Versions Of Mobile Browsers [News] Read More , tap the O-shaped menu button at the top of the Opera browser, tap the Settings icon, and tap the Privacy option in the settings menu. Use the different options in the Privacy menu to clear your browsing history, cache, shared locations, camera permissions, and passwords.

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To prevent a webpage from appearing on Opera’s speed dial page, long-press one of the icons on the speed dial page and tap the X button on each thumbnail you want to remove. Tap Done at the bottom of the screen when you’re finished removing pages from your speed dial page.

Google Search Widget

Your device remembers a list of the Google searches you’ve made using the Google search widget. Searches you perform in your browser don’t appear here, but searches you perform in the Google search widget on your home screen or in Google Now do.

To clear this list, tap the Google search widget to start searching. From the search screen, tap the Menu button and select Settings or Search Settings. If you’re using a newer version of Android, you’ll find the menu button near the bottom of the Google Now screen.

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Use the Clear on-device search history or Clear on-device history option to clear the list of Google searches made from the widget.

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You may also want to clear your Google Web History Viewing Recent Searches On Google & Why Would You Care? Viewing Recent Searches On Google & Why Would You Care? Read More , a history of all the searches you’ve made from a Google account. Google stores this information online, along with your Google account.

Do you use another browser not mentioned here to delete browsing history, or do you have any other tips on keeping Android free of your private browsing data? Leave a comment and share your knowledge!

  1. Dennis
    April 12, 2016 at 10:33 am

    If your phone is rooted, you can just change file permission so the app is not able to change it.

    I opened Chrome Dev on my android and cleared history so it is empty, and then I went to
    data/data/com.chrome.dev/app_chrome/Default/

    and I changed files permission "History" and "Hystory-journal" to READ ONLY...
    Now the history doesnt even save :)

  2. Pam
    April 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    If you've got nosey, pushy teenagers who are constantly looking for any kind of dirt on you, then you should clear your browsers histories routinely! You're in the jungle, baby...

  3. nelson
    December 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

    What happened why I can't still clear the history of my lenovo s880 phone? Need help.

  4. Siddhant Chaurasia
    September 18, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Nice Posting Here

  5. Totoy Badiola
    September 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I mean, storage space.

  6. Totoy Badiola
    September 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Great article! Not only can I secure my privacy but also free up memory space. Many thanks!

  7. josemon maliakal
    August 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

    thanks for the info geek :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 25, 2012 at 1:57 am

      You're welcome, reader!

  8. Kyle Bruce
    August 18, 2012 at 4:48 am

    This is a useful guide. I like to clear my history in any browser that I use from time to time just because and now I can do it on my phone. Thanks

  9. Seishun Kyosoukyoku
    August 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thank You for This Tutorial...

  10. Artur Rzhiskiy
    August 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you, this tutorial is helpful. Will use.

  11. Avik
    August 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Is there any small app to erase all browser data/history as well as youtube history? like eraser(a firefox addon) ?

  12. Saikat Basu
    August 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

    It would be really interesting to find out actually how many people clear their mobile browser history :)

    • Tug Ricks
      August 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I generally don't, as I pretty much only use my browser for Google Reader. I don't use it for anything overly clandestine or what have you, but if I was, I would probably clear it more often.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 17, 2012 at 4:44 am

      Based on the popularity of this post, apparently a lot of people do!

  13. Allen Barnett
    August 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    If you are the only one that uses your phone, you should not need this. But I guess it is a safe thing to do. Good to know anyways.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 17, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Never know, your phone could be stolen!

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