How to delete browsing and search history on Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
June 23, 2023
7 minutes to read

Each time we visit a website or search the internet, our browsing history and search history are saved, both on the computer and online. Over time, the accumulation of these files may pose a security risk and slow down your computer. In this article, we will explain how to delete browsing history and search history on Mac.

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  1. What is browsing history
  2. How to delete Google search history
  3. How to clear browsing history on Chrome
  4. How to clear browsing history in Firefox
  5. How to clear browsing history on Safari
  6. How to clear website data in Microsoft Edge
  7. How to clear browser cache

What is browsing history

Browsing history is a stored list of web pages you have visited. This means every time you visit a website or download a file, information about this action is recorded.

Web browsing history is tied to your web browser. Your browsing history is stored on your computer, and it is possible to synchronize it between multiple devices. For example, if you visit the website on your iMac and then visit on your MacBook, then your browser will keep the information about both visits in its browsing history.

If you want to clear your web browser’s history, including the web pages you have visited, caches, cookies, saved passwords, etc., you will need to remove the web history files from your disk.

What is web search history

Web search history is a stored list of search queries you have made via a search engine.
The search history is stored in a search engine, such as Google, and it is usually tied to your Google account. In short, Google web history is stored on the Internet, so if you want to clear browsing history, you need to go online and do this in your Google account.

How to delete Google search history

Google is the most popular search engine and the preferred choice of most users for surfing the Internet. For this reason, we begin this tutorial on clearing search history with the example of Google.

Complete the following steps to delete Chrome browsing history:

  1. Open the Google search engine in your web browser
  2. Click on your profile photo in the top right corner and select Manage your Google Account.
  3. In the new webpage that appears, select the Data & personalization section from the menu on the left.
  4. Find the Activity and timeline section and click My Activity to view and clear browsing data.
    google account settings window
  5. Within the My Google Activity webpage, select Delete activity by from the menu on the left.
    delete activity option in Google
  6. Choose All Time and click on the Delete button to entirely delete Google search history.
    Deleting Google browser history

Now the Goolge browser history has been deleted.
Please note that the website data is also stored in browsing history. Keep on reading to learn how to clear browsing history.

How to clear browsing history on Google Chrome

Google is working to ensure the network security of its users, so you can rely on the Chrome browser. But, keep in mind that it’s a good habit to clear your browsing history from time to time to protect your private information.

Steps tp clear browsing data in Google Chrome:

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Go to Menu → Chrome → Clear Browsing Data.
    Google Chrome menu showing how to clear browsing data
  3. Select All Time and mark the checkboxes to remove history, caches, passwords, cookies, and other unneeded files.
  4. Then, click on the Clear data button to entirely clear browsing data from your Google Chrome browser.
    Clear browsing data window in Google Chrome

Read also “How to clear cache in Google Chrome.”

How to clear browsing history in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a popular open-source web browser, developed by the Mozilla Foundation. If you don’t want the Firefox browser to keep a complete history of all the information you have typed into the search bar, as well as into forms displayed on web pages, then you should manually remove this data.

To clear history in Firefox, do as follows:

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Go to Menu → Firefox → Preferences.
    firefox menu - preferences
  3. Select Privacy & Security → History → Clear History at Mozilla Firefox preferences.
  4. To totally clear the Firefox browser’s history, select Everything and tick all the checkboxes to get rid of history, logins, cookies, cache, etc. Then, click on the Clear Now button.
    Firefox preferences - clear all history

How to clear browsing history on Safari

Safari is the web browser created by Apple, which comes preinstalled on Apple devices such as Macs, iPhones and iPads.

To clear history on Safari, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Go to Menu → Safari → Clear History
    safari menu - clear history option
  3. To completely clear the Safari browser’s history, select All History and click on the Clear History button.

Using this method, you can remove the history of web pages you’ve visited, your recent searches, web page icons, items you’ve downloaded, websites that have asked for your location, etc.

Please note, however, that this method will not clear the Safari browser’s cache. The benefit of clearing caches is that sometimes the script on the site may not work correctly due to saved caches. Therefore, we recommend that you regularly clear the cache to make sure that the site is displayed correctly.

How to clear website data in Microsoft Edge

If you use Microsoft Edge as a default browser on your Mac, follow these steps to clear your browsing history:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the menu bar, click Microsoft Edge and select Clear Browsing Data from the drop-down menu.
  3. Microsoft Edge menu
  4. Select a time range from the drop-down menu. You can choose to clear data from the last hour, day, week, four weeks, or all time.
  5. Tick the browsing data options you want to delete: browsing history, download history, cookies, and cached images and files.
  6. Click Clear Now.
Microsoft Edge browsing data
You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Del to access the Clear Browsing Data window.

How to clear browser cache

Browser caching helps you quickly open recently visited pages without having to reload them. However, caches are stored in your computer and take up precious disk space.

You can find web caches on your disk and manually delete them, but it will take some time. Therefore, we recommend using the special application, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, regularly to easily delete browser caches.

Follow these steps to clear browser cache on your Mac:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Turn on the Expert mode in the app.
  3. Find your web browsers in the list of apps.
  4. Select caches of the browsers and click on the Remove button.
    clearing browser cache with app cleaner uninstaller
  5. Review the service files you want to delete.
  6. Click on the Remove button to completely clear browser cache on your Mac.
    confirmation window to clear browser cache

With the App Cleaner & Uninstaller application, you can safely delete these unneeded files from your computer in just a few clicks. Moreover, if you want to uninstall a web browser completely, including its history, caches, logs and other service files you can do that with App Cleaner.

How to remove a web browser completely

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select the web browser you want to remove and all its service files will be selected automatically.
  3. Click on the Uninstall button.
    Uninstalling Google Chrome with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
  4. Review the app and the related service files and click Remove.
    confirmation window to uninstall browser
  5. Empty the Bin to uninstall the web browser on your Mac totally.

Using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can completely remove unneeded applications and their service files to get enough free space on your Mac and make it more productive. Also, you can use the app to clear applications caches, log, cookies.
You can download App Cleaner & Uninstaller from the Nektony official website for free.


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