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Cleaning your browsing history regularly protects your privacy on your Mac. It removes the data it saved for all the websites you have browsed for a certain period of time.

However, clearing your browsing history will also delete temporary files and website data such as cookies and caches.

Clear Apple Safari Browsing History on Mac

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to Safari > Clear History and Website Data.
  3. In the pop up window, Select the desired time range to clear.
  4. Click Clear History to confirm.

Clear Chrome Browsing History on Mac

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. On the upper right corner, click the More button ⋮, then go to More Tools > Clear browsing data.
  3. On the Clear browsing data window, select which time range you want to clear.
  4. Make sure Browsing History is checked, then click Clear data.

Clear Firefox Browsing History on Mac

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. At the upper right, click the Menu button ☰, then select History.
  3. Click Clear Recent History.
  4. In the pop up window, Select the desired time range to clear.
  5. Make sure Browsing & Download History is checked, then click Clear Now.

Are There Any Apps That Can Do This Automatically?

Yes! Trend Micro has Antivirus One that can help clean your browsing history automatically.

  1. Open Antivirus One.
  2. Go to the Privacy tab.
  3. Choose your browser, then click its corresponding gear ⚙ icon. A new window will pop up.
  4. Click the arrow head icon beside History.
  5. Select Navigation History & Download History, then click Close.
  6. Hit Clean.

Why Should I Clear my Web Browsing History?

Clearing your browsing history helps protect your privacy by removing records of the websites you've visited, making it harder for others to track your online activities.

How Often Should I Clear my Browsing History?

Clearing it like once a month, is a good practice for maintaining privacy.

Will Clearing My Browsing History Make My Mac Run Faster?

It may help improve browser performance slightly, but it won't significantly impact your overall Mac speed.

What's the Difference Between Clearing Browsing History and Clearing Cookies and Caches?

Clearing browsing history removes the record of websites visited, while clearing cookies and caches removes temporary files and data stored by websites. Both actions protect your privacy.

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