Lately privacy is a growing and top priority for many smartphone users, especially when we use our devices for anything and everything. Devices like the Galaxy S6 are pretty secure with a built-in fingerprint scanner for a lockscreen, but that isn’t always enough. If you happen to own the Galaxy S6 and would like to learn how to delete or remove your browser history, we have you covered.
Privacy should always be a top concern, and browser history or form data is one of many you need to know about. 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 new Galaxy S6..
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 S6 (or all Galaxy devices) have their own browser called “Internet” and that’s where we’ll focus today, as well as Google Chrome of course.
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 completely or are using an incognito tab or an incognito browser, which we’ll mention again below.
Removing your browser history and search history are two different things, but below we’ll explain how to clear the browser history on the Samsung Galaxy S6. This could be so your kids or significant other can’t see what you bought for their birthday, general privacy concerns, or for other reasons we won’t get into, here’s how to do it.
As we stated above, there are 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 many Galaxy S6 owners probably use the stock built-in browser called “Internet”. So that’s where we’ll start.
While using the “Internet” application on the Galaxy S6, which is the web browser, tap the new “More” 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 and select “Privacy”.
Once you’re in the privacy settings menu you’ll see a few options to customize user privacy on the device. One popular one being whether the device remembers form data. Like user account login information and your password. They’ve labeled this “save sign-in info”. I keep this on so I don’t have to retype passwords, but I also have a lockscreen security measure in place. This can be dangerous, like with banking sites, so use with caution.
The last option is the one you’ll want to select, which is pictured for you below and listed under “Delete Personal Data”.
From here simply select “Delete Personal Data” which will bring you to a full list of web browser history options. In this popup you’ll be able to wipe out your entire 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 options 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 GS6 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. You’re welcome.
A lot of Samsung smartphone owners actually use Google Chrome vs the built-in browser, so we’ll explain that too. For Google Chrome the process on the Galaxy S6 is essentially the same, just labeled slightly different. Hit the same menu button up top (three-dots) 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. Just hit the x to clear each individual search you’d like removed and you’re all done.
To prevent all of this from even being an issue to begin with, you can just use something called the Incognito Mode. When you’re in the Galaxy S6 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 everyone likes something different, and there’s plenty to choose from on Android.
What we do on our smartphones is no ones business but our own, so make sure you take the steps mentioned above to prevent it from being saved or seen by others. That, or simply delete anything you don’t want falling into the wrong hands.