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Many people use private browsers on their desktop 4 Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private 4 Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private A good way to protect your information on the web is to surf anonymously. Google Chrome’s Incognito mode can help to an extent, but you should also look at the following web browsers. Read More . Such browsers don’t keep any of your history, and they delete browsing history like cookies and caches every time you end a session.

On mobile, however, lots of people are less security-conscious. Why so many users take a laissez-faire approach is a mystery — if anything, mobile devices represent a more significant weak point. They are more likely to get lost, be stolen, or be compromised while using insecure public Wi-Fi networks 7 Secure Strategies to Use Public Wi-Fi Safely on Phones 7 Secure Strategies to Use Public Wi-Fi Safely on Phones Is that public Wi-Fi network you just connected to safe? Before you sip your latte, and read Facebook, consider these simple secure strategies to using public Wi-Fi safely on your phone. Read More .

To be safe, you need to erase your browsing history on your Android regularly. But how? The methodology isn’t always as obvious as when you’re using a desktop browser.

Don’t panic; MakeUseOf has you covered. Here’s how to delete browsing history on seven of the most popular Android browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, internet, Dolphin, UC Browser, and Naked Browser.

Chrome

First up, Chrome. It’s comfortably the most popular browser on the Android operating system. Data suggests around 88.3 percent of all Android owners use it.

Thankfully, the process is incredibly straightforward. To begin, open your Chrome browser and either head to Menu > History or type chrome://history in the search box. The app will load your History page.

At the top of the window, you’ll see a large button labeled Clear Browsing Data. Click on it.

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Now you can decide exactly what data you want to delete. At the top of the page, select your timeframe, then mark the appropriate checkboxes. Make sure you have selected Browsing History. When you’re ready, tap Clear Data.

Firefox

Clearing your history on Firefox is a very similar process.

Open your browser and tap the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner. Choose History from the menu.

Like Chrome, you’ll see a large Clear Browsing History button, only this time, it’s located at the bottom of the page.

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However, unlike Chrome, there’s no way to specify which other data you want to delete. The app will just give you an on-screen prompt to confirm your action. Tap OK, and the data will be wiped.

Opera Mini

The Opera Mini browser has a loyal user base, but it pales into insignificance in terms of user numbers; it only holds about 1.6 percent of the Android market.

The process to delete browsing history from Opera is the most complicated of the three apps we’ve looked at so far.

When your browser is open, locate the Opera logo in the bottom-right corner and tap on it. A small window will pop up. Along the top of the window, there are four icons. Click on the Gear icon to access the browser’s settings.

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Next, scroll down until you see Clear Browsing Data. Tap on it, and mark the checkboxes next to the data you want to delete. You can choose from Saved Passwords, Browsing History, and Cookies and Data.

When you’re happy with your choices, tap OK.

internet

If you’re using Android 4.0 or earlier A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] If someone tells you they’re running Android, they’re not saying as much as you’d think. Unlike the major computer operating systems, Android is a broad OS that covers numerous versions and platforms. If you’d like... Read More , the built-in browser is called internet. Surprisingly, it still hoovers up a large number of users. As of mid-2016, it was still the second most popular browser on the operating system with a market share of about 7 percent.

To erase your browsing history from this old 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.

Dolphin

Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and internet account for 98.1 percent of all users. To round-out the article, let’s take look at three of the most popular remaining browsers.

If you’re using Dolphin, you will discover that the deletion process follows Opera’s lead. Rather than accessing the various settings via a menu icon in the top left-hand corner, you have to tap on the Dolphin icon at the bottom of the screen.

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A window will pop up. You need to select Clear Data. Again, you can choose the type of data you want to remove. Your choices are Browsing Data, Cache and Site Data, Cookies, Form Data, Passwords, and Location Access.

Tap Clear Selected Data to complete erasing your browsing history.

UC Browser

UC Browser is not well-known among the wider Android user base, but with an average of 4.5 stars from 14 million reviews on the Google Play Store, it’s a great alternative 7 Browsers That Are Better Than The Native Android Browser 7 Browsers That Are Better Than The Native Android Browser I set out to get a handle on the latest available browsers out there that are better than the native ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android browser. Some of the apps that made it to the... Read More if you want to move away from the mainstream options.

Its process for clearing your browser history is the most complicated on the list. To begin, tap the three horizontal lines at the bottom of the screen. On the pop-up menu, select the yellow icon labeled History and Bookmarks.

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When you tap the icon, you’ll see your Bookmarks list first. Swipe left to reveal your browsing history. In the bottom-right corner, you will find a Clear button. Tap it, then confirm your decision by selecting Delete in the on-screen confirmation.

Naked Browser

Lastly, let’s take a look at Naked Browser. The app has won plaudits from users in recent years thanks to its stripped-down, no-nonsense interface. The developer claims the scaled back nature of the interface leads to a faster browsing experience Browse Faster And Better With These 5 Simple Solutions Browse Faster And Better With These 5 Simple Solutions I have found various easy ways that give me the opportunity to rest my hands. These methods allow me to browse super fast, which is crucial for a web worker, and are efficient overall. Read More .

To delete your data, tap the Menu icon in the bottom right-hand corner and select the Wrench icon to enter the app’s settings.

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In the Settings menu, choose Data Options. The app will give you a long list of data you can clear, including the usual fare of cookies, caches, and passwords. Tap History Clear to delete browsing history.

Any Questions?

Were you able to follow our guide successfully? The process can become confusing if you use lots of different browsers on your Android device.

If you’ve encountered difficulties, or we’ve not covered your favorite browser and you’re looking for help, be sure to reach out in the comments. A MakeUseOf author or a fellow reader might be able to answer your queries.

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  1. Jeff
    September 22, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    This is the only place, that actually is helpful.
    These A-h's at Google keep telling you about some 3 vertical dots top-right to click. Well, I have nothing like that on my mobile chrome.
    You should charge these 'jacks' at Google for doing their job for them ;)

  2. C.
    August 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Glad I found this. Now I know more places to find the porn history of my H . Good to know how sneaky these things can make ppl. I had no idea until now.

  3. Rebecca Reilly
    January 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Hello ,
    I have an LGL62VL.
    When I tap the menu , then settings , the only option available is a " security ".
    There is no privacy listed.

    And , when I go into the security option , there isn't any way to clear history , cookies, and cache.
    My old phone had all those options available , so I am familiar with them.
    But this phone does not have anything like that. Unless I am looking in the wrong place. Please help. !
    I have tried doing a google search on how to clear history on LGL62VL. But nothing there.

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

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

    Nice Posting Here

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

    I mean, storage space.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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

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

    Thank You for This Tutorial...

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

    Thank you, this tutorial is helpful. Will use.

  14. 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) ?

  15. 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!

  16. 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!