How to Delete Search History On Android

Remove searches from Chrome, Firefox, stock browsers and more

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Your search history says a lot about you and sometimes you want (or need) to delete it.

It's also a good practice when using a device that's not your own. Android has a vast selection of browsers from Chrome to Firefox to Dolphin and each one has a slightly different process for clearing your search history. Here's how to clear history on Android using eight different mobile browsers.

  1. Clear History on Chrome

    Chrome privacy settings page with Clear browsing data option at bottom
    1. Tap three-dot menu icon.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and tap Privacy.
    4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Clear browsing data.
    5. Check off Browsing history.
    6. Tap Clear Data.
    7. To clear history for period of time: on the Clear browsing data screen, tap Advanced at the top.
    8. Underneath Advanced is a drop-down menu that says Last hour. Tap on the down arrow next to Last hour and choose the relevant drop-down (see tip above).
    9. Check off Browsing history.
    10. Tap Clear data.

    You can also clear data from a specified time period: Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, Last 4 weeks, or All Time.

    Chrome settings page with drop-down menu for period of browsing data you want to delete
  2. Clear History on Firefox

    Firefox menu with options for private data to delete including browsing history
    1. Tap three-dot menu icon.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Clear private data.
    4. Check off Browsing history.
    5. Tap Clear Data.
    6. To clear your data every time you quit Firefox, go to Settings > Privacy. Then check off Clear private data on exit.
    7. A Quit option will be added to your menu choices underneath Help.

    Firefox also has an option to automatically clear your data when you quit the app.

    

    Firefox privacy settings page with Clear private data on exit checked off.
  3. Clear History on Opera

    Pop-up screen in Opera browser that says Clear browsing data.
    1. Tap the Opera logo on the bottom right of your screen.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Scroll down to the Privacy section and tap Clear browsing data.
    4. Check off Clear browsing history on the pop-up screen.
    5. Tap OK.
  4. Clear History on Microsoft Edge

    Clear browsing data screen on Microsoft Edge browser.
    1. Tap the three-dot menu at the bottom right of your screen.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and tap Privacy.
    4. Tap Clear browsing data.
    5. Check off Browsing history.
    6. Tap Clear.
      As with Chrome, you can also clear data from a specified time period: Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, Last 4 weeks, or All Time.
    7. On the Clear browsing data screen, tap Advanced at the top.
    8. Underneath Advanced is a drop-down menu that says Last hour.
    9. Tap on the down arrow next to Last hour and choose the relevant time period (see step 8).
    10. Check off Browsing history.
    11. Tap Clear.
  5. Delete History on Samsung Internet

    Delete browsing data screen on Samsung Internet browser.
    1. Tap the three-dot menu at the bottom right of your screen.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Privacy.
    4. Tap Delete browsing data.
    5. Check off Browsing history.
    6. Tap Delete.
  6. Clear History on Ecosia

    Ecosia browser privacy settings screen.
    1. Tap the three-dot menu at the bottom right of your screen.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Privacy.
    4. Tap Clear browsing data.
    5. Check off Browsing history.
    6. Tap Clear Data.
    7. Like Chrome and Edge, Ecosia also has the option to clear data from a specified time period: Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, Last 4 weeks, or All Time.
    8. On the Clear browsing data screen, tap Advanced at the top.
    9. Underneath Advanced is a drop-down menu that says Last hour.
    10. Tap on the down arrow next to Last hour and choose the relevant time period (see above).
    11. Check off Browsing history.
    12. Tap Clear Data.
  7. Clear History on Dolphin

    Clear data options on Dolphin browser.
    1. Tap Dolphin icon at the bottom of the screen.
    2. Tap Clear data.
    3. Check off Browsing history.
    4. Tap Clear selected data.
  8. Clear History on Puffin

    Clear browsing history options in Puffin browser.
    1. Tap Settings icon on top right of the screen.
    2. Tap Clear browsing data.
    3. Check off Browsing history.
    4. Tap Clear.
  9. Remember, if you were using a borrowed device, it's a good idea to delete your history.