How to protect your browsing privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet?

Browsing privacy for Android

At a social gathering in a remote town of Australia a woman was asking whether she can get non stop electricity supply to her house and pat came the answer from one of men standing close by: if you can browse your internet on Android who cares whether you get power or not. Lol The conversation was amusing and showed that how people cannot live without internet. Whether Android mobile or tablet is just for calling or for browsing the internet people are hooked to do many things online like doing their financial transactions, checking weather forecasts, keeping up on the latest news and sports scores or knowing which new pokies game landed on the casino floor and all this needs a web browser to Android mobile

While you are spending hours on all these activities there is one danger to it and that is the potential loss of your privacy. If any of your kids, friend or family member just pick up your device and can check out everything that you do online. This is possible because every time that you visit a website, files are stored on your gadget. It is not just about browsing history only but there are also cookies and temporary internet files being stored.

Temporary files allow websites to load faster when you visit again later. Websites store cookies on your gadget that include data about your browser, or login information, which are then used for targeted advertising.

So if you want to keep your things private then here’s how to protect your browsing privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet by clearing your browser history.

Browsing through Chrome

Browsing through Chrome

As Android is part of the Google family, Chrome is the default browser on most Android gadgets. So follow the steps below for Chrome to remove the browser history

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Go to Settings
  • Then tap Privacy
  • Next tap Clear Browsing Data
  • Select timeframe that you want to delete – Choose from past hour to the beginning of time
  • Finally Tap blue Clear Data button


Browsing through Opera

Browsing through Opera

Opera is a lesser known web browser but there may be some of you using it. Here are the steps to clear its history:

  • Open Opera
  • Now tap the hamburger menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Then tap the Settings cogwheel
  • Scroll to Privacy
  • Now tap Clear browsing data
  • Select what to delete – Choose from Clear saved passwords, Clear browsing history and Clear cookies and data
  • Finally tap OK


Browsing through Firefox

Browsing through Firefox

If you wish to clear the history on Firefox, follow these steps:

  • Open Firefox
  • Now tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Next go to Settings
  • Now tap Privacy
  • Select Clear private data on exit
  • Choose what you want to delete and select Set – A warning will appear saying this can’t be undone
  • Next tap OK
  • Go to the Firefox home screen
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner
  • Select Quit

So you see that whatever browser you use while searching something online you need to clear your browsing history from time to time so that you have your privacy intact.  Also this will improve the internet speed and save your time too.

Kamal Kaur

Kamal writes about new apps and user ratings. She joined us from India. She's also written for other tech blogs and forums before joining Pokies for Android. Kamal's real passion is nature and animals. She also writes poetry. Still waiting for her to write us a poem about Google Technology or Android devices.

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