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How to Delete Your Galaxy S5 Browser History

Privacy is an ongoing issue and concern these days, especially when we use our smartphones for anything and everything. If you’re the proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and would like to learn to delete or remove your browser history, we have you covered.

There are many different reasons a user may want to delete their internet browser or search history on a smartphone, and we’re sure you have your reasons, so here we’ll explain how to do so on the Galaxy S5.

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When it comes to removing your browser history on Android there’s a few different scenarios here. One big factor being that there are multiple different 3rd party browser for Android, and they all have slightly different settings. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (or all Galaxy devices) have their own browser called “Internet” and that’s where we’ll focus today.

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If you’re logged into your Google account, which we’re assuming you are when you use Android, every website you visit or search for will be saved and remembered. That is unless you have history turned off or are using an incognito tab, which we’ll talk about more below.

Removing your browser history and search history are two different things, and below we’ll explain mainly how to clear the browser history on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Whether you don’t want your kids to see what you bought for their birthday, or for other reasons we won’t get into, here’s how to do it.

Instructions

As we stated above, there re multiple options and 3rd party browser readily available on the Google Play Store for users, and from manufacturers. Google Chrome is the most popular and on most devices these days, which we’ll mention below, but most Galaxy S5 owners use the stock built-in browser. So lets start with that.

While using the “Internet” application on the Galaxy S5, which is the web browser, tap the three-dot menu button near the top right of the screen. This brings up the popup menu, where you’ll scroll down and select “settings”, then simply navigate to “Privacy”.

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Once you’re in the privacy settings menu you’ll see a few options to customize user privacy on device. One popular one being whether the device remembers form data and passwords. I keep this on so I don’t have to retype passwords, but I also have a lockscreen security measure in place.

The last option is the one you’ll want to select, which is pictured for you below.

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Go ahead and tap “Delete Personal Data” which will bring you to a full list of web browser history options. From here you’ll be able to wipe out your browser history, cache, cookies and site data, and even your auto-fill and password information. Auto-fill is convenient as it remembers email and log-in information, so don’t clear that unless you absolutely need to.

Most users will be fine with selecting the first three boxes shown above, then actually removing all your information by hitting done. The process will take a few seconds, to over a minute, depending on how much you browse the web or how often the user deletes his tracks. Once you’ve selected what you want and hit done, the Galaxy S5 will clear your browser history for good. It’s gone, and you’re all set. You’ve completely hidden your tracks, for whatever it was you were doing.

For Google Chrome the process on the Galaxy S5 is essentially the same, just labeled slightly different. Hit the same three-dot menu button and select “History” then tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button at the bottom. You’ll get a similar option of check-boxes as shown above, and you can control what you delete forever, and what stays. The only benefit of Chrome is you can remove individual site visits, instead of everything or nothing, so it doesn’t appear that you’re hiding your tracks.

Incognito Mode

To prevent this from even being an issue you can simply use something called the Incognito Mode. When you’re in the Galaxy S5 browser hit menu and enable Incognito Mode. This makes it so the browser won’t remember or save any history, passwords, login, or track what you do. This is your best bet, and something many users should consider.

There are multiple browsers on the Google Play Store that do this by default and will never, ever, remember any of your data. Dolphin Zero is a good one, and even the less popular Opera Browser has a browser-wide privacy mode you can enable. I’d stick to the stock browser or Chrome, but to each his own.

What we do on our smartphones is our own business, so make sure and take the steps mentioned above to prevent it from being saved and seen. Or simply delete anything you don’t want falling into the wrong hands, or eyes.

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11 Comments

  1. hitasoft

    07/18/2014 at 10:58 pm

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  2. ME Brunette

    10/29/2014 at 1:33 pm

    Although the history and tracking may be turned off on the phone – or masked due to “incognito mode”, in all fairness and to keep someone out of trouble, it must be stated that depending on the settings on the wi-fi connection you are using, your IP history (and thus actions) could be traceable, especially by someone who is looking.

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  3. Teresa

    04/05/2015 at 9:44 am

    To get rid of google search history, go into “Google Settings”. Go to “search and now” and delete “now”.

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  4. jeffrey

    07/29/2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you so much you saved my life

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    08/29/2015 at 12:46 am

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  6. Joseph Pugh

    10/14/2015 at 10:19 am

    Ok I have tried this and it still leaves my windows open I currently have 20 windows open in my browser and they won’t close when I try to close them individually it takes me back to the widow manager screen

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  7. Timothy

    11/07/2015 at 11:50 am

    First if you going to tell/help us figure something out please dispenser with the remarks, “Wether you want hide something from the kids…..” that needless. Rather hard to negotiate these fickle phones so we just want to get to the point. Next you explained the option everyone probably already did. No going under settings… Then privacy.. Then check the boxes… Now go back to address bar and start typing and the urls are still there…..?

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  8. phlask

    01/07/2016 at 5:49 am

    It’s true. Deleting browser history this way doesn’t actually do anything. I’ve ended the Web app then “deleted” the history, but when I reopen the net and hit back it still goes back everywhere I’ve been. So in truth it isn’t actually doing anything to delete browser history that way. But thanks for nothing.

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  9. ttt

    05/10/2016 at 11:40 am

    it clears them at first, but restarting the internet app
    it seems to reload them from somewhere else

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  10. ttt

    05/10/2016 at 12:01 pm

    this one worked for me

    Goto – Settings, Application Manager, All, Internet, Clear Cache, Clear Data, Force Stop, Restart

    Reply

  11. Don McGregor

    01/15/2017 at 6:45 pm

    That was a great article, especially for people like myself who are a bit challenged in this field. Everything worked like you said except one thing. I don’t know if it’s a virus or what it is. If I go to chrome and then hit the 3 dots in the upper right corner it gives me a list. Just above history there is recent tabs. A page comes up and at the top it shows a box and says recently closed.
    Below that is says show full history. Below that it says sm-g903w which I believe is my model number on my Samsung s5 Galaxy. Under that is the problem. A symbol looks like a folder with the word history beside it. If I click on it a recent site comes up.
    Below that are two other folders of the same kind of site. How do I get rid of them. Thanks. Don

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