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How to clear your browser history

Last updated: 19/06/2020

What is browser history?

Your browser history is a list of all the website pages you visit while searching the internet. As you go from one website to another, your virtual footprints will be saved on your computer with information including the date and timestamp of each page load. Each internet browsers has a different way of giving you access to this data so that you can view your internet history or delete it.

Reasons why you would want to keep your browser history

So that you can quickly visit sites that you have previously visited where you have not written down the domain name Did you know that your browser history assists the browser when it attempts to auto populate what you are typing in when you are trying to search for a specific website.

Reasons why you would want to delete your browser history

If other users have access to that computer, your privacy may be invaded. If hackers gain access to your computer, your browser history may contain sites where you have entered sensitive data.

How to view and delete your browser history

For Mobile phones and for those using Google Chrome browser.  

Mobiles - Android and Apple - using Chrome browser 

How Do I Clear My History On My iPhone X? 

Mobile Related

Delete Browsing History On Your Samsung Browser 

For Computer/PC instructions

Please go here Delete Browsing History in Chrome Browser 

Other (Internet Explorer and Firefox) browser options

Delete Browsing History in Internet Explorer Browser 

Delete Browsing History in Firefox Browser 

View all here 

Microsoft Edge

View and delete browsing history in the new Microsoft Edge 


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How to clear your browser history, tracking cookies, and website data

  • In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  • Select the Bookmarks icon in the upper left corner.
  • Make sure you've returned to the top-level menu by tapping on any back arrows in the upper left corner.
  • Tap the History menu.
  • Tap Clear and select how much history you'd like to clear: the last hour, the last day, 48 hours' worth, or all recorded history.

Safari Related

How to view and clear your browsing history in Safari on iPhone or iPad