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How to clear browsing history and cache in Edge 2020 (Chromium)?

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Microsoft has launched a new Chromium-based Edge browser with several new and improved features. The new features range from tight security to various accessibility features such as text to voice feature, reverse image search, among others.

In this article, we explain how you can clear the cache and browsing history on the new Edge browser.

This guide might not be useful for those running the legacy (older) version of Microsoft Edge browser. The company released a new version on January 15, 2020, and this guide will help you clear browsing history and cache on the new Edge browser. If you haven’t updated your Edge browser yet, can learn more about it here.

Clear browsing history and cache on Edge browser

Here we will show how you can delete browsing history on PC and smartphone.


How to block websites on Microsoft Edge 2020? | Candid.TechnologyStep 1: Open the new Microsoft Edge browser and then tap on the three-dot button at the top right of the screen.

Step 2: Select History > Clear Browsing Data from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can type Ctrl + Shift + Delete. Step 3: Tick mark on the options that you want to be erased and then click on Clear Now. The options include — Browsing history, download history, cookies and other site data, cached images and files, site permissions, passwords, autofill form data. Also, select the time range — All time, last hour, last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 4 weeks.

For example, you want to erase browsing history and cache for the last 24 hours, tick mark on the box beside browsing history and cached images and files and then from the time range, select last 24 hours option.

Remember, these changes will be applied on all other the devices only if you have synced them with your PC. If you did not sync the devices, then you will have to manually erase the data on each device.

Also read: How to enable or disable Javascript in Microsoft Edge (Chromium)?

On smartphone (Android as well as iOS)

On the Edge smartphone app, follow the steps mentioned below to clear the browsing history and cache.

Directly from the History option (only clears browsing history)

  • Open the Edge app and then click on the three horizontal dot icon at the bottom.
  • Now from the menu, tap on History and then tap on the dustbin icon at the top right.
  • Tap on Clear and you will have successfully deleted the browsing history.

From the Privacy and Security option (for clearing browsing history as well as the cache)

  • Open the Edge app and then tap on the three horizontal dots button at the bottom.
  • Now, open the Settings option and then go to Privacy and Security under the Advanced heading.
  • Scroll to the bottom and then tap on Clear browsing data.
  • Tick mark the options that you want to delete and then tap on Clear.

The above steps will work on both Android as well as iOS platforms.

If you want to automatically clear the browsing data when you exit the app, turn on the toggle besides Clear browsing data upon exit, at the top of the screen.

Hoping this article has helped you today. We have covered more such tutorials on the new Edge browser. Do check it out in out Tech Basic section. If you’ve any other queries regarding the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser, let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: How to block websites on Microsoft Edge 2020 (Chromium)?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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