Ways to completely delete browsing history of your Mac

Deleting browser history is a good way to make sure your history stays yours. In this article, we’ll show you how to safely and quickly remove browser history from your Mac, even from the very first day. Before you proceed, let's find out what google search history is and why you may want to remove it. 

What is search browser history?

When you surf the web, your browser remembers every page you’ve ever visited. Apart from the moments when you choose Incognito Mode (or Private Browsing), all of these pages are carefully stored in your browser and are tied up to your account.

Websites you visit can now show up in autofill Google search forms when you look for them. They will also be highlighted in violet in search results.

Browsers also keep the info about when you have visited these pages. Why browsing history can be useful: you can always resort to it when you need to find that-cool-site-what-was-its-name a month after you visited it.

Why would you want to remove browser history then?

Well, that is absolutely up to you. It could be a matter of privacy, professional etiquette, business confidentiality, paranoia, OCD, or taking a general joy in having things cleaned up.

It feels oddly satisfying to know that none of the websites you visited will show up in your Google search results as “already visited.” When you’re giving your Mac to somebody for use or even browsing the web with someone peering over your shoulder, there is a chance they’ll see something they’re not supposed to. Your girlfriend doesn’t know you have been on the wedding ring websites because you lost a bet on how much diamonds cost, she might take it the wrong way.

How to clear browser history?

Clearing only search history (and there is much more stored info on your Mac) is pretty easy. Simply choose one of the blocks below that deals with the browser you use and follow the steps.

How to clear browser history in a click:

Or, you can choose a much faster way of dealing with histories, as well as other extra files on your Mac. Get CleanMyMac X (download for free), go to its Privacy module, choose the browsers you use (or even messengers, if you need to), and clean histories from all of them in a click. Saves you time whenever you need a cleanup.

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That’s it for browsing history, but your internet activity is also stored on your Mac in the form of caches, logs, downloads, old files you’ve kept from years ago, and so on. It’s a rule of thumb to give your Mac an occasional cleanup to make sure it works swiftly and stores no junk. You can download CleanMyMac X, a handy cleaning app that takes care of all the junk, so you don’t have to. Keep your Mac and browsers clean, cheers.

How to delete history in Safari manually:

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click the History tab in the top menu.
  3. Select “Clear History…”
  4. Choose the time range (most likely “all history”) that you wish to clear.
  5. Click “Clear History.” Done.

How to clear Chrome history manually:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Enter chrome://history/ in the search bar and press Return.
  3. Click “Clear browsing data…”
  4. Select which time range do you want to clear (probably “the beginning of time…”).
  5. Checkmark only “Browsing history.”
  6. Click “Clear browsing data.”

How to clear Firefox history manually:

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Enter about:preferences in the search bar and press Return.
  3. Go to Privacy & Security.
  4. Scroll down to see History.
  5. Press Clear History.
  6. Uncheck everything except for Browsing & Download History.
  7. Choose the time range and press OK.
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