How to delete your browsing history in Google Chrome for Android and desktop

You internet browser, in this case Chrome, keeps track of where you go to on the web and logs it in a history file. Our browser history might hold information that you might not want to share with others, and it also can tell a hacker a lot about you if they manage to install a virus on your device.

From time to time it is good practice to clear out your browsing history especially if you are using a public computer.

Deleting your browser history is a simple process (Chrome), and you can do it from your Android device as well as computer too if you sign in across multiple devices.

Chrome for Android

  1. Touch Chrome menu > Settings.
  2. Touch (Advanced) Privacy.
  3. Touch Clear browsing data.

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Delete all your browsing data on your desktop

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu
  3. Click More tools > Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

If you want to prevent Chrome from tracking your history you can enable Incognito mode.

Computer

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  1. Open a Chrome window
  2. In the top right, click the Menu
  3. Select New Incognito Window.
  4. A new window will open with a gray figure in the top-right corner
  5. To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and click the X.

Android device

  1. Open a Chrome window
  2. Tap the Menu
  3. Tap New incognito tab.
  4. A new window will open with a gray incognito icon
  5. To close incognito mode:
    • If you have Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later, swipe from the top and tap Chrome: Close all incognito windows.
    • If you have an earlier version of Android, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and tap the X.

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