Are you planning on giving your Mac laptop to your partner, cousin, friend or some other relative? If you are, then you must be wondering how to delete browsing history on your Mac. Maybe you don’t want the other person to know what you’ve been searching or watching on the internet. Or, if your Mac laptop is used by more than one person, then it may be nice to keep your browsing history clean. Therefore, it is always a good idea to delete browsing history on your Mac.
Every time you go online using the Safari, Chrome, Firefox or one of the other browsers, then you are creating a history. All the pages that you visit, all the cookies, the browsing trail, tabs, and other data, is stored on your browser. This allows the browser to load your favorite website faster. Your browser can also store all your passwords so you don’t have to type it in every time you’re logging in to your Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.
You wouldn’t want another person to have access to this data, would you? Hence, it is a must that you delete your browsing history if you’re giving your laptop to someone else, especially your girlfriend or wife. Clearing the history also makes the browser perform faster. Some times, the history can amount to a lot of stored data, and this can slow down the browser. In this post, we are going to tell you how to delete browsing history on your Mac on the Safar, Chrome, and Firefox browsers.
Most of the time, people want to delete browsing history because of privacy concerns. They simply don’t want anyone to know what they’ve been searching for or looking at online. Below, we are going to tell you how to delete the history with ease. All browsers come with the option to delete all history, so it’s not like you have to use any extra tools. Let’s get started!
To delete browsing history of the Safari browser on your Mac, follow the steps below:
1. Launch the Safari browser.
2. From the top menu bar, select the tab that reads History.
3. Scroll down to choose ‘Clear History’.
4. Once you select this option, you will get the following dialog box.
5. Here, you can choose to clear all history, or only the data from the last hour, today, or both today and yesterday.
6. Select the option that fits your requirement and click on ‘Clear History’.
If you selected the option that said ‘All history’, then all browsing history will be deleted from the Safari browser.
If you’re a Google Chrome user, then follow these steps to delete all history, cookies, and passwords from the browser:
1. Open the Chrome browser on your Mac.
2. Once again, click on the Chrome tab at the top menu bar.
3. There should be an option that says ‘Clear Browsing data
4. Select this option. A dialogue box will open asking you to choose what you want to clear. You can either choose to delete just the browsing history, or Cookies and other site data, or the cached images and files.
5. Choose the appropriate option and then click on Clear Data.
If you want to delete everything from your Chrome browser on Mac, then it’s best to choose all the listed options.
The process to delete browsing history from the FireFox browser is also similar to the other two browsers. Follow the steps below to get it done:
1. Launch Firefox browser on your Mac.
2. Select the History tab available on the top menu bar.
3. Scroll down and select the ‘Clear Recent History’ option.
4. You can now choose the time range, from an hour to everything.
5. If you want to delete everything, then choose this option.
6. You will now be treated with another dialogue box.
7. Select Browsing and Download history if that’s what you want to delete.
8. Click on the Clear Now button and that’s it.
9. You can choose the other options if you want to delete cookies and other data.
That’s about it. You have now deleted all the browsing history from Firefox. And that’s how you delete browsing history on your Mac.
Use Incognito Mode or Private Browsing
Henceforth, if you don’t want people to find out your browsing history, and you don’t want the browser to save these details, then you should probably use the browser in Incognito Mode or use the Private Browsing feature. When you’re browsing the web in this mode, the browser will not store any details including the websites you visit, cache, forms, etc.
When you opt for this Private mode, a new tab will open up and you can browse anything you want without it being recorded. After you have finished browsing, simply close the browser and none of it will be shown in the browsing history. If you use private browsing, then websites will not be able to track your visits, and that’s good. Airline companies track your visits and adjust fares accordingly, which is unfair. However, in incognito mode, this will not happen.
Unfortunately, if you’re browsing in this mode, you will not be able to use saved login credentials or fill forms. If you’re trying to log in to Facebook and don’t remember your password, then the browser will not be able to help. Also, anything you download in this mode will still be downloaded and shown in the Finder. So, be careful if you’re downloading something that you don’t want others to see.
On Safari, the Private Browsing mode is available when you head to the File option on the menu bar. Here, you will find the option to open a New Private Window.
On Chrome, the Incognito Mode is available in the File menu as well. Head to the menu and select New Incognito Window. You can also click on the hamburger menu on the top right corner to select this mode.
On Firefox, the process is the same once again. Select File and then the New Private Window option.
There you go, you now know how to delete browsing history on your Mac, and how to browse privately without your browser storing any history.