The browser on your Android device represents a significant weak point in your personal privacy. Smartphones and tablets are more likely to get lost, be stolen, or fall victim to insecure public Wi-Fi networks than a laptop.
To avoid someone recovering the info, you should to erase your browsing history on your Android regularly. But how? The methodology isn’t always as obvious as on a desktop browser.
Don’t panic! Here’s how to delete browsing history on seven of the most popular Android browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Dolphin, UC Browser, and Brave Browser.
Delete Browsing History in Chrome
First up is Chrome. It’s comfortably the most popular browser for Android, with around 85 percent of all Android owners using it.
Thankfully, the process to delete your phone history in this browser is straightforward. To begin, open Chrome 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 button labeled Clear Browsing Data. Tap on it.
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. There are Basic and Advanced tabs that you can toggle between. Whichever you use, make sure you have selected Browsing History. When you’re ready, tap Clear Data.
Clear Browser History in Firefox
Deleting browsing history on Firefox is a similar process to Chrome’s. Open your browser and tap the three vertical dots in the top-right 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. 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.
Remove Your Phone History in Opera Mini
The process to delete browsing history from Opera is a bit more complicated.
Once 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 that window are four icons. Select the Gear icon to access the browser’s settings.
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.
How to Clear History From Dolphin
Chrome, Firefox, and Opera together account for more than 90 percent of all Android users. So to round out this guide, let’s take look at some 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 corner, you have to tap on the Dolphin icon at the bottom of the screen.
A window will pop up. From it, select Clear Data. Again, you can choose the type of data you want to remove. Your choices are Browsing History, Cache and Site Data, Cookies, Form Data, Passwords, and Location Access.
Tap Clear Selected Data to delete the browser history.
Clearing History in UC Browser
UC Browser is not so well-known, but it is a solid alternative browser for Android if you want to move away from the mainstream options.
Its process for clearing your browser history is the most complicated on this list. To begin, tap the three horizontal lines at the bottom of the screen. On the resulting popup menu, select the yellow icon labeled History and Bookmarks.
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.
Remove History From Brave Browser
Brave Browser is a new concept in the world of web browsing. In what is an increasingly competitive space, the browser shines thanks to an ad reward scheme and its ability for readers to tip sites using the Basic Attention Token ($BAT) cryptocurrency. Indeed, BAT has grown to become a top 30 cryptocurrency in the world.
Brave is based on Chromium, so the process to delete your browsing history is very similar to Chrome.
To delete Brave’s browsing history on Android, begin by tapping on the three vertical dots in the lower-right corner and selecting History from the popup menu. At the top of the window, select Clear Browsing Data. Here, use the various checkboxes to select precisely which types of data you want to delete and which to retain. Like Chrome, you can use the tabs at the top of the window to toggle between a Basic and an Advanced view.
(To learn more, check out a comprehensive guide about how Brave Browser works on our sister site, Blocks Decoded.)
How to Clear History in Ecosia
Like Brave Browser, Ecosia also tries to do something a bit different. It claims to be the world’s first environmentally friendly browser. The money that the company makes from web searches is used to fund reforestation programs around the world; more than 60 million trees have been planted so far. According to the company’s literature, you will remove one kilogram of CO2 from the atmosphere for every search you perform.
Yet again, Chromium provides the foundation. So to delete your browsing history on Ecosia, open the app’s menu and go to History > Clear Browsing Data and select the categories you want to remove.
Other Ways to Stay Safe on Android
Deleting your browsing history on Android only one part of staying safe while using your mobile phone. You also need to consider users, Wi-Fi security, sideloaded apps, and a whole lot more.
If you would like to learn more, check out some essential privacy tips for Chrome on Android and our list of the safest sites for Android APK downloads.