How to Clear Your Browser History

Abusive people commonly misuse technology to track their partners’ activities. Please be sure to use a safe device when looking for information and reaching out for help.

Wiping out the search history related to domestic abuse can be one helpful piece of staying safe. Learn how to do so below.

For safety tips, information and privacy strategies geared for survivors survivors using technology, use a safe device to view the Technology Safety & Privacy Toolkit from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.


Google Chrome

  1. Click on the icon with three horizontal bars in the top right corner of your browser screen
  2. Select “History” in the drop-down menu
  3. On the page showing history, select, “Clear Browsing Data”
  4. A small window will open, make sure the box next to, “clear browsing history” is checked
  5. Select how far back you want to clear from the drop-down menu at the top right of the window. Clearing history “from the beginning of time” may take a few moments.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Select the “Tools” menu
  2. Select “Options”
  3. Click the “Privacy” button
  4. Under “History” click the “Clear” or “Clear Now” button


Go to the History drop down menu and select “Clear History”


Microsoft Edge

  1. Click on the three dots in the top-right corner of your browser window.
  2. Select “Settings” at the bottom of the menu
  3. Under “Clear browsing data”, select “Choose what to clear”
  4. Press “Clear”
Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

To Clear all Internet Explorer History

  1. Select “Tools”
  2. Select “Internet Options”.
  3. Open the “General” tab.
  4. In “Browsing history” area click the “Delete” button.
  5. In “Delete browsing history” window click “Delete all”, and then click Yes.

To clear only this website in Internet Explorer 7.0 history:

  1. Select “Tools”
  2. Select “Internet Options”.
  3. Open the “General” tab.
  4. In “Browsing history” area click the “Delete” button.
  5. Click the Delete button next to the category of information you want to delete, click Yes, and then click Close.