Web browsing is perhaps one of the most used tasks on smartphones and tablets. The mobile browsers that you use on Android devices also have browsing history and anyone who accesses your device can see those webpages you visited. On your Android device, there could be plenty of things that you might want to delete, but the search history is a one of the myriad things. Moreover, it could be tough to clear the browsing history every time as the process is cumbersome involving too many screen taps. Here we suggest few solutions that will help you in automatically clearing the browsing history on Android.
Incognito Mode on Chrome
Incognito mode on Android is nothing but private browsing and it is pretty easy to set this up. However, the process of activating this mode of private browsing varies from device to device and browser to browser. On a standard Android browser app, to activate this mode of browsing, all you need to do is open the app, go the Settings and tap on incognito mode.
The incognito mode will decline to store any history, cookies or cache while you browse and you need not be concerned about that it might pop up sometime when it is not intended to or appear while typing in a search term or site address.
Apart from this benefit, browsing via incognito mode will also stop adverts from appearing. Google collects data from all over the place to target advertisements and promotional content. And if you wish to avoid getting distracted with these targeted advertisements, private browsing is the best option.
Privacy Features on Other Android Browsers
While the incognito is mainly for Chrome, there are other popular browsers that are also in use by the Android users. Here we list out some options to avail private browsing modes on other browsers.
Firefox – individual private tabs
Opera Mobile — browser-wide privacy mode
Dolphin — browser-wide privacy mode
Maxthon — browser-wide privacy mode
Applications to Erase Browsing History
You would be having a plethora of applications installed on your Android device, but are you aware that there are apps to even delete the browsing history from your phone on the Play Store? If not, there are numerous such applications that you can install on your device to save your privacy.
One such popular application is History Eraser that will provide a number of chechboxes that have specific functionalities. Other than browsing history, you can also clear cache, call log, SMS/MMS and others from your device via this app. Moreover, it need not be done manually every time as there is an Auto Clear option in Settings that will clear even the last operation when the display turns off.
Tips to Keep Data Private
If you feel these aforementioned ways are not the right ones for you, there are a few other basic tips to safeguard your browsing privacy. They include locking your Android device to avoid prying eyes from accessing your device, using an app locker before giving your device to someone else and others.
If you are eager to experience private browsing you can definitely do so with these aforementioned methods. After following the above steps your Android device browser would be free of history and cache files and you can be free without concerns of others accessing your device to know what you have been doing.