Bing stores and uses your search history to personalize your results. And clearing the history in your web browser doesn’t touch the history stored on Bing itself, which likely comes from multiple devices you use. You can clear that history, though.
Before we get too far into it, you should know that most major search engines and social sites store results like this—it’s not just a Bing thing. Google stores your results, and so does Facebook. They do this if you’re logged into the service, but also by using the IP address of the device you’re searching from, along with cookies stored on your devices. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s how search results get better tailored to your needs.
That said, if you’re not comfortable with that search history being out there, you can clear it—whether you clear the whole thing or just individual entries you’d rather not be saved. Here’s how.
How To Clear Your Bing Search History
Your history for all the things you search for using Bing are stored on your Microsoft account, so head on over to your Microsoft account’s privacy settings, and sign in.
After signing in, you’ll see your account’s Privacy dashboard. Scroll down a bit to the “Search History” section, and then click “View And Clear Search History” button.
This opens the “Activity History” tab of your dashboard, and puts the focus on your past searches. If what you want to do is clear your entire search history, you can just click the “Clear Activity” link at the top right of your search list.
You’ll be asked confirm your action. If you want to delete your entire search history, go ahead and click the “Clear” button.
If you don’t want to delete everything, you can also scroll down to view your search history.
Under each individual search entry, you’ll notice two links, click “Delete” to get rid of just that search result.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
But, if you find that you’re using Bing, and coming to clear your history every once in a while, you might want to consider using private browsing so that searches aren’t stored in the first place.
How To Clear Other Microsoft Related Data Types
Along with search history results, Microsoft stores a lot of other data from things you do while signed in to your account, like Apps and Services you’ve used, Cortana voice searches, and Edge browsing history. All these things can be deleted from your privacy dashboard in the same manner as your search history.
On the Activity History tab of your dashboard, you’ll see a list of the data associated with your Microsoft account in the “Explore Your Data” section on the left. Click any of the options here to explore them.
Deleting the entries for each type is exactly the same as deleting search history. When you locate a data entry you no longer want, click the “Delete” link under it.
If you want to get rid of every single entry on whatever list you’re viewing, just click the “Clear Activity” link at the top right.
As a security feature, you can’t delete every single entry if you’re browsing the “All Data Types” option (which includes everything). So if you’re looking to purge everything from your account, you’ll have to go click “Clear Activity” from each section individually.