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Surfing the web is always fun, but there’s a lot of data collected when you’re doing your browsing. It’s good practice to clear cookies and other saved data on public devices like library computers or shared family computers, so others who use those devices can’t access your accounts or find information on you using your browsing history. On your personal device, it’s good to clear Firefox cookies, cache, and history once in a while to clear space and reduce the amount that websites are tracking you.

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

QUICK ANSWER

To clear cookies and cache on Firefox, go to Preferences –> Privacy & Data. Scroll to Cookies and Site Data and click Clear Data. To clear browsing history, go to History –> Clear Recent History. You can also select Cookies and Cache here. Click Okay.


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How to clear cookies, cache, and browsing history in Firefox for desktop

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

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Next, you’ll get a pop-up window showing all the selections you can clear. Here, you can choose the time range to clear the data from, as well as which data, like browsing history, cookies, and cache. Then, you can press OK in the bottom right corner to delete this data.

The clear recent history menu of Firefox for desktop with the OK button highlighted.

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

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

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From the Preferences page, select Privacy & Security.

The preferences menu of Firefox for Desktop, with the privacy and security menu highlighted.

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You can scroll down a bit to find the Clear cookies and cache section, where you can press Clear data to clear all cache and cookies. Below is the History section, where you can press Clear history to clear all browsing history.

The privacy and security menu of Firefox for Desktop, with the clear data button highlighted.

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The Privacy and security menu of Firefox for desktop with the Clear history button highlighted.

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Pressing either button will prompt a popup, informing you of what you’re clearing. You can also remove cookies and cache from the Clear history pop-up. Press OK to clear your data.

The clear data menu of Firefox for desktop with the Clear button highlighted.

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The clear history menu of Firefox for Desktop with the OK button highlighted.

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How to clear cookies, cache, and browsing history in Firefox for iOS

First, press the hamburger menu in the bottom right, and select History.

Next, press Clear Recent History, and you will be prompted to choose a time range for history to clear. Select one, and your history will be cleared.

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

The bottom right menu of Firefox for iOS 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 settings menu in Firefox for iOS, with the data management button highlighted.

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You can choose which data to clear, like cache, cookies, and browsing history, and then press Clear 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 press Settings.

firefox android settings

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Next, scroll down to the Privacy and security section, and press Delete browsing data.

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

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You can select exactly which data you want to delete, like history, cache, or cookies, and press OK 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’s good practice to clear your data after using any shared device, like a library or work computer or a shared computer at home. This is so that others using that device can’t auto-fill your passwords or see what websites you’ve visited. On your personal computer, clearing your data monthly is enough.

What are cookies, cache, and browsing history?

Cookies are information sent to your browser from websites you visit, containing information about you and your browsing history. This can be anything from items in your cart on a web store, pages you’ve visited before, and your entered login information. Cached information can be images or text to load pages faster when you revisit them. Browsing history includes all the pages you’ve visited while not in private browsing, so you can revisit pages you’ve once been to if you forget or want to retrace your steps.



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