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One setting to protect your privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet

How much time do you spend browsing the internet every day on your Android phone or tablet? There are so many things to do online, you could find yourself surfing for hours each day.

Financial transactions, checking weather forecasts, keeping up on the latest news and sports scores are just a few common activities we can do right in the palm of our hand. These handy little gadgets help organize or lives.

One downside to all this activity is the potential loss of privacy. Think of how easy it would be for a snoopy family member or friend to pick up your device and check out everything that you do online.

This is possible because every time that you visit a website, files are stored on your gadget. We’re not just talking about browsing history either, there are also cookies and temporary internet files being stored.

Temporary files allow websites to load faster when you visit again later. Websites store cookies on your gadget that include data about your browser, or login information, which are then used for targeted advertising.

You might want to keep your browsing history private. What if you’re searching for an engagement ring to give to your girlfriend when you pop the question? You definitely don’t want them to know you’re doing this ahead of time.

That’s why you need to know how to clear your browsing history to protect your privacy on your Android gadget.

Chrome

Since Android is part of the Google family, Chrome is the default browser on most Android gadgets. We’ll tell you how to clear the history on third-party browsers later. First, here are the steps for Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Tap Clear Browsing Data
  • Select timeframe that you want to delete – Choose from past hour to the beginning of time
  • Tap blue Clear Data button

Opera

Opera is a lesser known web browser but there may be some of you using it. Here are the steps to clear its history:

  • Open Opera
  • Tap the hamburger menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Tap the Settings cogwheel
  • Scroll to Privacy
  • Tap Clear browsing data
  • Select what to delete – Choose from Clear saved passwords, Clear browsing history and Clear cookies and data
  • Tap OK

Firefox

To clear the history on Firefox, follow these steps:

  • Open Firefox
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Select Clear private data on exit
  • Choose what you want to delete and select Set – A warning will appear saying this can’t be undone
  • Tap OK
  • Go to the Firefox home screen
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Select Quit

Clearing your browsers’ history from time to time will give you an extra layer of privacy. It could also help speed up your internet surfing, so it’s a win-win.

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