How to Clear Your Browsing History in Google Chrome

Google Chrome logo on a blue background

If you use Google’s Chrome browser and you probably do, you might want to clear your browsing history every now and then. It’s always a good idea to do this for privacy reasons, and it’s not that hard to do.

Almost all browsers, from Mozilla Firefox to Safari and Microsoft Edge, keep a history of your Internet movements. Most of the time, these places are what you would expect, but sometimes you can find yourself somewhere you didn’t expect to be, and as such, you might not want this in your story. Other times you might just want to erase everything and start over.

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Clear browser history in Chrome for Desktop

Open Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, or Linux, then click on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the browser. From there, hover your mouse cursor over “More Tools” and choose “Clear Browsing Data”.

To delete all of your browsing history, choose “All the time” from the drop-down list at the top of the screen and check the “Browsing history” option. You can also clear your download history, cookies, and browser cache if you wish. Click “Clear Data” to finish.

Clear the browsing data settings menu in Google Chrome for desktop

Clear browser history in Chrome for mobile

Open Google Chrome on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet. The process will be slightly different depending on your device. Tap the three-dot menu icon at the top right (bottom right on iPhone and iPad) and select “History” from the menu.

select the history in the menu

Tap “Clear browsing data” at the top of the History list, at the bottom of the list on iPhone and iPad.

press clear browsing data

Decide how far you want to erase the data with the option “Time Range”. Select “Browsing history”, then press “Clear data”.

select a time range and clear the data

That’s all we can say about it. Clearing your browser history is simple, but it’s an important part of protecting your privacy. You don’t need to do anything malicious or suspicious to clear your browser history. It is simply good practice for anyone.

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