Clearing history from your Android phone is arguably one of the most neglected act. However, its importance cannot be overemphasized, because failure to clear your history on intervals may reduce your phone performance. Sometimes, you may experience your phone hanging or other funny behaviors. This is because your phone history takes a lot of phone memory.
Hence, it is advisable to always delete your Android history. Another important thing to remember is that hackers need your history information to have access to your phone. Therefore deleting your android history will not only improve your phone performance but will also improve your phone security.
By the time you finish reading this article, you would have learned various ways to delete your Android history.
Clear browser history for android
Clearing your browser history on android device is a straight and easy step to follow. I’ll cover some very common browsers in this section.
Clearing history from your Default browser
Usually, every android phone comes with a default browser installed on it. This browser is normally just named Browser or Internet on some device, while on others it may be different. Locate the default browser and launch the app.
- Click on the 3 horizontal dots at the top right of the browser.
- This will display some options, click on settings. If you do this correctly, it will open a new page where you will see the different browser settings.
- Locate ‘Privacy’ and click on it.
- After which you should click on Delete personal data.
- On the next screen click on Clear History. This will delete all your browser history.
- To delete all cookies as well, click on ‘Clear all cookie data’.
The above steps may be different on your device, but the process is similar and identical. By using the above steps as a guideline, you will have no problem clearing your browser history.
Clearing history on Google Chrome
Google is one of the most common browsers today. Personally, Chrome is my most used browser, and I believe there are lots of people like me out there. Knowing how to clear your browser data on Chrome browser is similar to the other set, although slightly different.
- Launch your Chrome browser
- Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right of your Chrome browser. Here, you will see various options.
- If you want to clear only the browser history, locate ‘History’ from the option and click on it. This will open a page with the list of sites you have visited.
- At the top, you will see ‘Clear browsing data’, tap on it. Select what you want to delete and click on ‘Clear data’.
If you want to see more browsing data to delete, after launching your Chrome browser follow these step
- Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the browser.
- From the options displayed, scroll to Settings (You may have to scroll downward).
- Click on ‘Settings’, this will display some settings.
- Locate the ‘Advanced’ category and click on ‘Privacy’. Scroll down from the options, and click on ‘Clear browsing data’.
- This will display more options, select what data you want to delete and click on ‘Clear data’.
You have successfully deleted your browser data on Google Chrome. Clearing your data on Mozilla Firefox is similar to Chrome and very easy to follow.
Clear Call history on Android
Your browser history and data is not the only data you need to delete from your Android phone at intervals. You can also delete your call history, this also helps to improve your phone performance.
- Go to your call app, usually named ‘Phone’, launch the app.
- Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner. Few options are displayed to you, click on ‘Call history’; this will display your call history.
- Once again, click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner. Finally, click on ‘Clear call history’. You will be expected to confirm the action by clicking ‘Yes’ when prompted.
Alternatively, there is a way you can still use your browser and the data used will not be saved. I’ll talk about this method next.
Using Private browser or incognito
A lot of browsers now offers the user the option is staying private while surfing the internet. This will ensure that no data is saved throughout that browsing session. On Google Chrome it is known as Incognito, while on Firefox it is known as a private browser.
To run your browser on incognito on Google Chrome launch your Chrome app:
- Click on the browser menu option (the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of your browser).
- Tap the “New incognito tab”, this opens a dark background browser tab. You can easily switch between your normal browser and incognito.
On the other hand, to start private browsing in Firefox:
- Click on the Menu button
- Then tap “New Private Tab”. A new private tab will open, it comes with the mask logo signifying that you are in private mode. (Remember that nothing will be saved if you are using a private browser.)
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