In this guide we’ll show you how to quickly clear your Galaxy S8 browser history and hide recent internet activity. What we do online is no one’s business but our own. This is the easiest way to have more privacy or hide recent holiday and birthday purchases made online.
Privacy is a growing concern these days, and one way to get a little comfort is to delete your entire web browser history. This removes internet activity, clears the cache, cookies, site data, and even login info or passwords.
Every website you visit and Google search gets saved on your device and Google account. Just like on a computer, this information is easy to find in the browser history. However, it’s also just as easy to delete any trace of what you do or where you go online.
Whether you visited a few sites you’d rather no one know about, or just want to hide search results for a recent online purchase, here’s how.
How to Clear Your Galaxy S8 Browser History
There are several different web browsers available for Android smartphones. So you’ll need to clear your history for the browser you use daily. Devices like the Galaxy S8 come with Samsung’s own “Internet” web browser. We’ll start with that, then explain how to clear your browser history on Google Chrome next.
- Open Samsung’s Internet web browser application
- Tap the 3-dots menu button near the top right
- Click on Settings
- Scroll down and select Privacy
- In the Privacy section tap on Delete personal data
- Choose what you want to delete from the pop-up of saved information
- Select all that apply, and hit the big Delete button
If you don’t change anything, this process will instantly clear your entire web browsing history, cache, cookies and site data. As you can see from our screenshots above, this will NOT erase your username or login information for your favorites sites or services. Meaning the browser will still remember your Amazon name and password, or any other sites you save for ease of use.
Passwords and auto-fill data don’t get erased unless you personally select it from the pop-up shown above. This is ideal because no one wants to retype their login credentials every time they visit a website. The browser saves this information for you. To clear everything, check all the boxes and hit Delete.
How to Clear Browsing History on Google Chrome
The steps detailed above are almost the exact same for any Android web browser. Whether you use Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or something else. Chrome is one of the most popular, so here’s how to clear your browser history on it too.
- Open the Google Chrome Browser
- Tap the 3-dots menu button at the top right, and select History
- Select the trash can to delete browsing history one at a time
- Or, tap Clear Browsing Data for more options
Before you clear everything, Google gives you the option to clear websites or Google searches one at a time. Meaning you can clear part of your history, but not all of it. This way it doesn’t look like you’re trying to hide something. To delete it all, continue reading.
Like Samsung, Google shows the basic three sections that most users want to trash. Those being browsing activity and a few other things. If you want to clear everything, hit Advanced and select everything from the list. We also like that Google gives us options for how much we actually delete. Choose to clear your web browsing activity from the last hour, 24 hours, a few weeks, or until the end of time to delete everything.
- Select how much history you want to delete from the drop-down
- Tap Clear Data at the bottom of the screen
Pay attention to the images above while you’re in Google Chrome. If you don’t change the drop-down menu, it only deletes the last hour of your browser history. If you need to remove more than that, change the length and do it again.
Additionally, we want to remind you that all browsers have a “Private Window” or “Incognito Mode” which doesn’t save your browsing history at all. Use that if you don’t want to worry about leaving your history behind. Open Google Chrome, tap the + sign, and open a new Incognito mode. Additionally, download InBrowser, it uses privacy mode 24/7 and deletes everything when you’re done. While you’re here, take a look at these 17 common Galaxy S8 problems & fixes.