How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser

Mobile Browsers

How to “View Source” from Safari on an iPad or iPhone
Safari On macOS , Safari rules. Who knows, maybe one day Safari in iOS will get a native ability to view source? To not record a browser history, you can just stay in Private mode while surfing. Let us know in the comments below what works for you and what iOS version you are using. By continuing to browse the site, closing this banner, scrolling this webpage, or clicking a link, you agree to these cookies.

PC Browsers

Right-click to delete everything from a specific time period, or click to view and delete specific websites. If you're using an older version of IE, there are instructions online for deleting the history.

Safari On macOS , Safari rules. Clearing your website visit history is simple: Then in the pop-up, pick a timeframe for how far back you want to erase. This is doing a lot more than deleting the browser history, however—it also takes out your cookies and data cache.

Mozilla Firefox The latest version of Firefox likes to use sidebars for accessing preferences, much like Microsoft Edge. Access them at the hamburger menu at upper right and you can go right to History. If you select Options in that sidebar, you can go into preference for either remember history, never remember, or do some custom settings, such as always go into private browsing mode, or never store history or cookies, or to clear the history when closing Firefox.

Check the Sync tab while you're in here—if you've signed on with a Mozilla Firefox account—your history plus bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and preferences may be synced with your other PCs and devices using Firefox, even on smartphones. CCleaner Want to delete browser history on multiple browsers at once? Piriform's CCleaner which comes in a free version deletes all sorts of stuff off a drive to give you back some storage space.

If you use CCleaner for Mac , it performs its magic on Safari. If you're a multi-browser user on the desktop, it's the fastest way to cover those tracks. Make it part of your routine of hard drive cleanliness. Safari On the iPhone and iPad, Safari is the standard browser. To not record a browser history, you can just stay in Private mode while surfing. Doing this not only takes out the history, but also cookies and other stuff. Plus, if the phone is signed into iCloud, it clears the history on iCloud as well as on other devices hooked into that iCloud account.

After it loads it can take a while you'll see a listing of every website you've visited—and probably a lot you didn't, because it also records the sites serving third-party cookies. In either, go to the three-dot horizontal ellipsis menu, select History, and you're looking at the list of all sites you've visited while cognito as opposed to Incognito —and that includes history across all Chrome browsers signed into the same Google account.

If you click the latter which is the only option on Android phones and tablets , you're sent to a dialog box below that allows the eradication of all browsing history, cookies, cached data, saved passwords, and autofill data—you pick which you want to delete. Android users get the added ability to limit deletion to an hour, a day, a week, a month, or the legendary "beginning of time.

Again, check My Activity later to see what may be stored online. What's more, on iOS, there is a completely separate Google app for searching iOS , Android , with its own integrated browser. You can't delete the history of surfing within that Google app, though you can close all the tabs by clicking the Tabs icon at upper right, swiping one floating window right to delete, then clicking CLEAR ALL.

That app's search history is stored at My Activity, of course. How you delete the browser history in each is a little different. On iOS, tap the hamburger menu in the bottom center and select Settings. Scroll down to Clear Private Data, and on the next screen you can turn off collection of browser history or data caching, cookies, and offline website data entirely. Click the Clear Private Data link at the bottom to clear all of the above.

Note in Settings there is also a toggle to Close Private Tabs, which shuts them all down when you leave the browser, should you be using such tabs o' stealth. On Android, Firefox is back to the three-dot menu at upper right. If you click the menu and go to Clear private data, you get a more granular way to delete browsing history, search history, downloads, form history, cookies, cache, and more.

If you go to Privacy, you get the option to clear the private data of your choice whenever you quit the browser. Dolphin A specialized browser for mobile use on iOS and Android , Dolphin has features like an built-in ad blocker, gestures controls, and add-on extensions. In Android, click the Dolphin icon in the toolbar and select Clear data. You'll get a choice of deleting browser history, cached data, cookies, form data, passwords, and location info.

If you click into Settings, you can scroll down and under Data, choose Always clear data when exiting, then set it up to delete history, cache, cookies or any combination of the three. On iOS, click the hamburger menu at the bottom.

There is no direct Clear data link, but you can get to it in Settings. If you never want to leave a trace or have a history, download Dolphin Zero Incognito Browser instead of the standard version. Opera It's on iOS and Android , naturally. In fact, Opera for Android comes in two versions—a standard version and Opera Mini, which sends all websites and graphics through Opera servers to get compressed before you read them. Opera Mini is also on iPhone and even Windows Phone.

To clear history in Opera Mini on iPhone, swipe right from the Speed Dial menu to access browsing history and click the trash icon to delete it. Select passwords, history, or cookies to delete instantly. On Android, go to Advanced to turn off the collection of cookies and passwords, but not of browser history; cookies is the only option you can choose not to track on iOS.

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