How to Clear Firefox Cookies, Cache, and Browsing History

Surfing the web is always fun, but a lot of data is collected as you browse. It is recommended that you clear cookies and other data stored on public devices such as library computers or shared home computers, so that other users of these devices cannot access your accounts or find information about you. using your browsing history. On your personal device, it’s a good idea to clear Firefox cookies, cache, and history from time to time to free up space and reduce the number of websites tracking you.

Read more: How to delete cookies and clear cache on Chrome

QUICK RESPONSE

To clear Firefox cookies and cache, go to Preferences –> Privacy and Data. Scroll to Cookies and site data and click Erase data. To clear browsing history, go to History -> Clear recent history. You can also select Cookies and Hidden here. Click on OK.


ACCESS KEY SECTIONS

How to Clear Cookies, Cache, and Browsing History in Firefox Desktop

The fastest way to delete browsing history on Firefox on Windows or Mac is to first select Storythen select Clear recent history. On Mac, you can do this from the top menu, while on Windows, you can find History by clicking the three-lined button on the right side.

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Then you will get a popup showing all the selections you can clear. Here you can choose the time range for clearing data, as well as data, like browsing history, cookies, and cache. Then you can press OKAY in the lower right corner to delete this data.

The Firefox Desktop Clear Recent History menu with the OK button highlighted.

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Alternatively, you can delete this Firefox data in the Preferences menu.

The application menu for desktop Firefox, with the preferences button highlighted.

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Of Preferences page, select Privacy and Security.

The Firefox desktop preferences menu, with the privacy and security menu highlighted.

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You can scroll a bit to find the Clear cookies and cache sectionwhere you can press Erase data to clear all cache and cookies. Below the Story section, where you can press Clear story to clear all browsing history.

The Firefox desktop privacy and security menu, with the Clear data button highlighted.

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The Firefox Desktop Privacy & Security menu with the Clear History button highlighted.

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Press either button to display a pop-up informing you of what you are erasing. You can also delete cookies and cache from the Clear story appear. Hurry OKAY to erase your data.

The Firefox Desktop Clear Data menu with the Clear button highlighted.

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The Firefox Desktop Clear History menu with the OK button highlighted.

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How to Clear Cookies, Cache, and Browsing History in Firefox for iOS

First, tap the hamburger menu in the bottom right, then select Story.

Then press Clear recent history, and you will be prompted to choose a time range to clear the history. Select one and your history will be erased.

Go back to this bottom right menu on Firefox and press Settings to clear cookies and cache.

Firefox for iOS's bottom-right menu opened, with the Settings button highlighted.

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In the Settings menu, go to Privacy and press Data management.

The privacy section of the Firefox for iOS settings menu, with the data management button highlighted.

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You can choose which data to clear, such as cache, cookies, and browsing history, then tap Erase private data.

The Data Management page of Firefox for iOS Settings, with the Clear Private Data button highlighted.

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How to Clear Cookies, Cache, and Browsing History in Firefox for Android

First, open the bottom right menu on Firefox and tap Settings.

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Then scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and press Delete browsing data.

The Firefox for Android settings menu, with the Delete browsing data button highlighted.

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You can select exactly what data you want to delete, such as history, cache or cookies, and press OKAY to delete.

The Clear Browsing Data section of Firefox for Android, with a pop-up warning, Firefox will delete browsing data.

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It is recommended that you wipe your data after using a shared device, such as a shared library, work computer, or home computer. Thus, other users of this device cannot autofill your passwords or see the websites you have visited. On your personal computer, a monthly deletion of your data is sufficient.

What are cookies, cache and browsing history?

Cookies are pieces of information sent to your browser from the websites you visit, containing information about you and your browsing history. These can be items in your shopping cart on an online store, pages you have already visited and your login details entered. Cached information can be images or text to load pages faster when you revisit them. Browsing history includes all the pages you visited while not in private browsing, so you can revisit the pages you’ve already visited if you forget or want to retrace your steps.

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