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Just like on your desktop computer, browsers on your mobile devices save your browsing history to make it easier to get back to sites you’ve been to before. That also means that anyone who has access to your device can also sift through your browsing history, so it’s probably in your best interest to clear it once in a while.

We’ve shown you how to clear your desktop history in both the desktop and Android versions of Chrome. Here’s how to get it done in Chrome for iOS.

To clear your browsing history in Chrome on your iPhone or iPad, tap the menu button (three vertical dots) at the upper-right of the Chrome window.

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On the drop-down menu, tap “Settings.”

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On the “Settings” screen, tap “Privacy” in the “Advanced” section.

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On the “Privacy” screen, tap “Clear Browsing Data.”

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On the “Clear Browsing Data” screen, you can specify which types of data to clear. By default, saved passwords and autofill data will not be cleared, but you can select those or remove other sections as you wish. When you’re selections are made, tap “Clear Browsing Data.”

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Chrome asks you to confirm the action. Tap “Clear Browsing Data” to make it happen. You can then return to or exit Chrome.

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It’s a good idea to get into the practice of periodically clearing your browsing data, especially if other people have access to your phone. It helps protect your privacy, frees up space when those temporary files are deleted, and can sometimes even fix glitchy behavior in the browser.

Walter Glenn Walter Glenn
Walter Glenn is the Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He's written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He's authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He's also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years.
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