View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge

Note: This article is for the new Microsoft Edge . Get help for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge .

 

With your permission, the new Microsoft Edge  can remember information for you, making it easier to return to a favorite site or fill in forms. Microsoft Edge stores your browsing data, such as your passwords, info you've entered in forms, sites you've visited, and other information. Other browsing modes such as InPrivate browsing and Guest mode function differently and store less data than normal browsing.

Your browsing data is stored on your device. If you've turned on sync, those data types can also be stored in the Microsoft cloud to be synced across your signed in versions of Microsoft Edge.

You can see and clear your browsing history by selecting Settings and more  > History  > Manage history. You may choose to clear your browsing history at any time.

Clear browsing data stored on your computer

To clear browsing data on your computer, make sure sync is turned off. Items that are synced will be cleared across all synced devices.

Here's how to clear your browsing data in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Select Settings and more Settings  > Privacy, search, and services .

  2. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.

  3. Choose a time range from the Time range drop-down menu.

  4. Choose the types of data you want to clear (see the table below for descriptions). For example, you may want to remove browsing history and cookies but keep passwords and form fill data.

  5. Select Clear now.

Clear browsing data stored in the cloud (if you’ve turned on sync or personalization)

To manage and delete data saved in the Microsoft cloud, see the privacy dashboard. On the privacy dashboard you can view or delete your data. Data that you delete on the privacy dashboard won’t be deleted from your device.

To learn more about how to stop sharing your data with Microsoft, see Microsoft Edge browsing data and privacy.

Browsing data you can delete in the browser

Types of info

What gets deleted

Where it's stored

Browsing history

The URLs of sites you've visited, and the dates and times of each visit.

On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)

Download history

The list of files you've downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files that you've downloaded.

On your device

Cookies and other site data

Info that sites store on your device to remember your preferences, such as sign-in info or your location and media licenses.

On your device

Cached images and files

Copies of pages, images, and other media content stored on your device. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit those sites.

On your device

Passwords

Site passwords that you've saved.

On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)

Autofill form data (includes forms and cards) 

Info that you've entered into forms, such as your email, credit card, or a shipping address.

On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)

Site permissions

Go to Settings and more  > Settings > Site permissions to see a list for each website, including location, cookies, pop-ups, and media autoplay.

On your device

Hosted app data

Info web apps store on your device. This includes data from the Microsoft Store. To see the apps saved to Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Apps > Manage apps.

On your device

Clear Internet Explorer browsing data using Microsoft Edge

Using Microsoft Edge, you can clear all browsing data from Internet Explorer. Clearing Internet Explorer browsing data won’t affect your browsing data in another browser.

Note: This is only available if your organization has turned on Internet Explorer mode.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Privacy, search, and services .

  2. Under Clear browsing data for Internet Explorer, select Choose what to clear.

  3. Choose the types of data you want to clear.

  4. Select Delete.

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