How to Clear Router History

Delete your system logs and files

What to Know

  • Log into your router through your browser and click Advanced > System > System Log > Clear System Log to delete your router history. 
  • Some routers have different interfaces which require different approaches. 
  • Few routers store your history for very long and many often only store system information rather than more detailed information.

This article teaches you how to clear your router's history and explains what kind of data your router saves. 

How Do I Clear My Wi-Fi Router History?

Few routers log your actual browsing history. At most, they store the IP addresses of the sites you have visited, but that's still relatively unusual in the case of the average router. However, if you want to clear your Wi-Fi router history or system logs, the process is only a few steps away. That's providing you know where to look. Here's what to do.

Different routers have slightly different ways of doing this, although the general concept is the same. Look for similar phrases if your router does not match what's listed here.

  1. Log into your router via your web browser.

    Router web-based interface highlighting the login process
  2. Click Advanced.

    Router interface with Advanced highlighted
  3. Click System.

    Router interface with System highlighted
  4. Click System Log.

    Router interface with System Log highlighted

    This may also be called Administration, History, or Logs depending on your router.

  5. Click Clear All or Delete All.

    Router interface with System Log open and Clear All highlighted
  6. Click yes or agree.

    Some routers may immediately delete your router history logs so this step is not necessary. 

  7. Your logs are now deleted.

Does Unplugging Router Delete History?

That depends on the router. Most routers won't store your log history if you unplug it. They tend to store only key configuration files to keep the router operating once you plug it back in. Such features mean that a power cut doesn't disrupt service any more than it has to.

Some router brands will store your history, so it's worth checking what model you have and what features it has. There are pros and cons to keeping your log history, even after unplugging it. It's also possible to factory reset your router to clear all history.

How Long Does Router Keep History?

The length of time your router keeps your history varies depending on the device. As mentioned, most routers only store your system logs, with some also storing IP addresses of websites and services visited. 

Routers that store some form of history also often have options for how long you want them to keep such information. 

It's also possible to delete the information as and when needed, as described above. 

Check your router and its manual to see how long the default setting is for storing system logs or IP addresses. It can range from hours to weeks or even months, depending on how frequently you use it.

Do I Need to Delete My Router History?

Rarely. There really isn't a need to delete your router history unless you're wary of others accessing system logs or you plan on selling your router to another person. Unlike some maintenance tasks, it really isn't needed very often.

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