Gone are the days when Microsoft’s browser (at the time the notorious Internet Explorer) was the browser everyone was leaving. Today, with its superior speed, improved security, battery life and additional features Microsoft Edge is slowly but surely edging out its competitors. To keep your Microsoft Edge browsing experience nice and easy, you must make sure to regularly delete browsing history and clear cache. Clearing browsing data is much like taking a shower – if you don’t frequently do it, things start smelling bad (or worse)! So that’s why we’ve created this guide for you to show you how.
Why Should I Clear Browsing Data In Microsoft Edge?
- You’re On A Public PC
You don’t want everyone having a peek at the websites you were viewing do you? And you also don’t want your browser to save passwords, login cookies and so on in such situations.
- Your Browser Loads Very Slowly
Having a lot of cached files and cookies installed on your browser can, over time, actually slow down your browsing experience. So, the next time you think your browser loads so slowly because it sucks, try to delete browsing history!
- You Cannot Access Certain Websites Anymore
Your browser saves a snapshot of the websites you visit in your browser cache in order to provide faster loading times. If you don’t clear your cache, and the sites you visited update, then you may experience trouble accessing them the second time around.
- You Don’t Want Your Browser To Save Login Credentials, Form Inputs And Passwords
It doesn’t get simpler really. Sometimes you don’t want browsers to save your sensitive information, such as name, address or credit card info.
- You Don’t Want Websites Keeping Their Eye On You
Some websites install cookies that allow third parties to track what you do across the web. By clearing cookies, you can prevent Big Brother from keeping an eye on you.
Regularly cleaning your browsing data will increase your security, provide better privacy, and boost speed. If managing your privacy interests you, you can learn more here!
What Browsing Data Does My Browser Save?
Your Edge browser will save browsing data mostly on your PC. If you use Cortana, she may take some browsing history data and store it in the cloud too. We prepared the table below to explain what each data type is, where it is stored, and why you should clear it.
Where Can I Manage My Browsing Data In Microsoft Edge?
You have two choices to get access to managing your browsing data in Edge. Use whichever one you find most convenient.
1. Hub > History > Clear history
This is the way recommended by Microsoft.
Here’s another way:
2. Settings and more > Settings > Choose what to clear
Now that you know how to access it, it’s time to learn how to delete browsing history in Microsoft Edge.
Clearing Microsoft Edge Browsing Data
The process is straightforward. You just select the data that you want to clear and then click the “Clear” button. This will delete it from your PC. Please note, that removing the data from your PC does not also clear it from the cloud. To delete browsing history from the cloud, please check our instructions in this section.
Always Clear This When I Close The Browser
We generally don’t recommend you turn this setting on unless you are on a public PC. Deleting browsing history every time you close Edge will usually reduce your browser’s performance.
I mean, you don’t want to have to type your password every time you need to log in or have your browser never keep in mind the “remember me” settings you tick every time. Neither do you want to lose your search history or the tabs you last closed all the time.
Change What Microsoft Edge Knows About Me In The Cloud
To access this setting (and the one below), you will need to be logged in to your Microsoft account. It will allow you to manage your privacy settings. From there, you can find an Overview of the types of data stored in the cloud as well as an Activity History.
In this latter section, you can see and clear each kind of data type stored in the cloud. Just select the data you want to remove, and press delete.
You can also download the data (click Download Your Data) stored about you on Cloud, wipe away Cortana’s memory (click Cortana’s Notebook), or set your Ad Settings.
Clear Bing Search History
You can see the search history stored on your cloud account here. By clicking the “View and delete search history” button, you will be taken to the Activity History tab mentioned in the previous section, where you can delete your search history.
After You Delete Browsing History… Restart it!
Every time you clear browser history, you should restart it to ensure optimal functionality.
Delete Browsing History Regularly To Maintain Performance, Security & Privacy
While we don’t usually recommend clearing all elements of your browsing history everytime you close the browser (unless you’re on a public PC) we certainly recommend regular cleaning for maintenance.
You don’t want to clean cache files too often, otherwise, websites will load more slowly. But neither do you want to let them build up for too long.
Maintenance can be a hassle. That is why we have developed PCSafeKit which can help you clean browser history automatically at regular intervals, along with other essential maintenance tasks. This will keep your PC bug free, and ensure that your browser is the equivalent of a Ferrari – without any headaches for you.
You can now download SafePCKit to delete junk files, regularly clear Microsoft Edge browsing history, fix system errors and optimize performance with just one click!
So that’s it for now. You have a complete understanding of what browsing data Microsoft Edge saves, why you should regularly clean it, and how you can do so. Apart from the manual way, we also offer you SafePCKIt for an entirely automated cleaning process!