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Clear Browsing Data in Firefox on the Computer

Do you like to clear browsing history, cookies, and cache data from Firefox browser? Learn how to wipe out all your browsing data from Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox allows users to clear their browsing data, including cache, history, and cookies, to protect their privacy and free up storage space.

We can choose to clear data for a specific time range or all data and determine which data types to remove. The feature aims to give us control over our browsing history and site data from the browser on the computer.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to manage and delete the browsing data stored in the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Clear Browsing History

Just like any other browser, Firefox also keeps a detailed record of users’ internet interactions. The browser offers the option to remove the browsing history for any selected period. Here are the steps to clear history:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser on a computer.
  2. Click on the Library Firefox Library icon and select the History tab.
  3. Choose the Clear Recent History tab under the History section.
    A clear recent history window will pop up on the screen.
  4. Choose the Time range to clear from the drop-down.
  5. Select the checkbox against the Browsing & Download History.
    How to clear Firefox History
  6. Hit the OK button.

It will immediately clear the Firefox browser’s browsing and download history records.

Auto Clearing History on Closing Firefox browser

If the above option seems hard to follow, you can benefit from automatically clearing the browsing history on exiting the Firefox browser. So you no longer need to manually clear history. Here are the steps to auto-clear browsing history:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox on your computer.
  2. Click to open Menu horizontal 3-bar icon and select the Settings tab.
    How To Set Firefox To Clear  My History Automatically
  3. Switch to the Privacy & Security tab from the sidebar.
  4. Scroll down to locate the History section.
  5. Open the drop-down Firefox will and select the “Use custom settings for history” option.
    How To Set Firefox To Clear  My History Automatically
  6. Enable the checkbox for Clear history when Firefox closes.
    How To Set Firefox To Clear  My History Automatically

The browser will automatically clear your history when you close your browsing session.

Clear Site Cookies from Mozilla Firefox

Cookies on your computer contain website information such as site data and login preferences. They used to speed up the website login time, but sometimes, they conflict and begin to create a problem. The best practice is to clear your cookies occasionally. You can either delete cookies for a specific website or clear all cookies.

Clear Website Cookies

  1. Click on the Menu horizontal 3-bar iconand head to the Settings tab.
  2. Switch to the Privacy & Security tab.
  3. Scroll down to see the Cookies and Site data section.
  4. Click on the Manage data options. (shown in the below-attached picture)
    How to clear specific website cookies in FirefoxA new window, Manage Cookies and Site Data, will pop up with all the stored site cookies.
  5. Select the website you want to clear cookies.
    How to clear specific website cookies in Firefox
  6. Click on the Remove Selected button followed by the Save Changes button.

It will delete only the cookies of the selected sites. You can choose multiple sites holding the Ctrl or Cmd key and hit on the Remove Selected command to delete multiple.

Clear All Website Cookies

If you want to clear all your cookies from the Firefox browser, then you can follow the steps we have mentioned below:

  1. Click on the Menu horizontal 3-bar icon in the Firefox, followed by the Settings menu.
    How To Clear All Cookies In Firefox Computer?
  2. Switch to the Privacy & Security tab in the sidebar.
  3. Scroll down to the Cookies and Site Data section.
  4. Click the Clear Data button.
    It will open the clear data pop-up window.
  5. Enable the checkbox available before Cookies and site data.
    Clear Cookies and Site Data from Firefox Computer
  6. Hit on Clear command button.
    It will clear all the cookies and site data stored in the browser.

You can also use the previous method to clear a selected site; however, at step #5, you can choose the Remove All Shown command button to delete all site cookies from the Firefox browser.

Clear Browsing Cache

The cache must also be cleared occasionally to ensure a smooth browsing experience. Here are the steps to clear the cache:

  1. Click on the Menu horizontal 3-bar iconand head to the Options tab.
  2. Choose Privacy & Security from the left panel of the browser window.
  3. Scroll down to locate the Cookies and Site Data section and click on Clear Data… button.
    How To Clear Caches In Firefox Computer
  4. Enable the checkbox next to the Caches Web Content option.
  5. Click the Clear command button to confirm your request.

It will completely wipe out the website cache files and storage from the Firefox browser.

Bottom Line

The Mozilla Firefox stores temporary data based on our browsing interactions. These temporary data can lead to tracking and privacy intrusion. Hence, we should consider deleting it regularly. It will permanently clear all unwanted history data, cache files, and cookies, making your browser run smoothly.

Alternatively, you can use Firefox in Private mode, which doesn’t store browsing information.

Similarly, you can clear the browsing and site data from the Firefox app on the Android device.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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