We get a lot of calls about our GPS system, provided by a 3rd party to help track our buses. From time to time, cache builds up in your browser which may not show the location of your bus accurately. Here’s how to clear that cache, and pickup fresh location data on your device, using the most popular browsers.
Go to the three-dot menu (…) at the upper-right of Chrome to select Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data or History > History > Clear browsing data or More tools > Clear browsing data. Or type “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in the omnibar without the quotation marks.
Any of these options takes you to the dialog box to delete not only the history of your browsing, but also your download history (it won’t delete the actual downloaded files), all your cookies, cached images and files (which help load pages faster when you revisit), saved passwords and more.
Better yet, you can delete only the info from the last hour, day, week, month, or all of it to “the beginning of time.”
Under the main menu in Opera, in the navigation bar on the left, click the clock icon to enter History. You’ll see a Clear browsing data button that offers almost identical settings as Chrome, right down to the “beginning of time” option. (You can also type “opera://settings/clearBrowserData” into the address bar.) It’s similar because Opera is built with the engine from the Chromium Project, which also underlies Chrome. Opera offers a little extra to those who want to go around the web safely however—a built-in VPN option courtesy of SurfEasy, also found in the Privacy & Security settings.
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Go to the three-dot menu in Microsoft Edge and select Settings > Privacy & security; in the fly-out menu, click the button under Clear browsing data that reads “Choose what to clear.”
Here you can get rid of browsing history, cookies, cached data, stored form data, saved tabs, media licenses, website permissions, and stored passwords; click Manage Permissions and you can delete things like sites you’ve given permission to show pop-ups.
You can’t delete just one chunk of data from a time period like a day or week, but there is the option to “Always clear this [data] when I close the browser.” That ensures you have no browser history stored, as long as you close the browser regularly.
To wipe the history in IE11 and 10, go to the Gear icon at upper left and select Internet Options. On the General tab, you can check a box next to Delete browsing history on exit, or click the Delete button to instantly get rid of history, passwords, cookies, cached data (called Temporary Internet files and website files), and more. If you instead click Settings, you go to a History tab and ensure your history is only collected for a specific number of days, automatically deleting anything older.
On macOS, Safari rules. Clearing your website visit history is simple: click Clear History in the History menu. Then in the pop-up, pick a timeframe for how far back you want to erase. This is doing a lot more than deleting the browser history, however—it also takes out your cookies and data cache.
In the latest version of Firefox go to the hamburger menu () and section Options > Privacy & Security. You’re instantly in the Content Blocking section; scroll down to get to History. Set Firefox to remember, to never remember, or get some custom settings like remember history, but not cookies, or whatever.
This section also has a Clear History button. Click it to pick a time range to clear (1, 2, 4, or 24 hours—or everything), and what data to dump (history, logins, forms/search, cookies, and cache).
On the iPhone and iPad, Safari is the standard browser. To not record a browser history, you can just stay in Private mode while surfing. When you do have a history to delete, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History & Website Data. Doing this not only takes out the history, but also cookies and other stuff. Plus, if the phone is signed into iCloud, it clears the history on iCloud as well as on other devices hooked into that iCloud account.
Google’s Chrome browser is the standard with all Android phones, and is downloadable on iOS. In either, go to the three-dot () menu, select History, and you’re looking at the list of all sites you’ve visited while cognito (as opposed to Incognito)—and that includes history across all Chrome browsers signed into the same Google account.
The Firefox browser is available for iOS or Android, free on both platforms. How you delete the browser history in each is a little different.
On iOS, tap the hamburger menu () at the bottom right and select Settings. Scroll down to the Privacy section, and select Data Management. On the next screen you can turn off collection of browser history (or data caching, cookies, and offline website data) entirely. Click the Clear Private Data link at the bottom to clear all of the above. Note in Settings there is also a toggle to Close Private Tabs, which shuts them all down when you leave the browser, should you be using such tabs o’ stealth.
On Android, Firefox uses the three-dot menu () at upper right. Select History to see the list, and click CLEAR BROWSER HISTORY at bottom to nix them all from existence. If you click the menu and go to Settings > Privacy and check the box on Clear Private Data on Exit to get the option to clear the private data of your choice whenever you quit the browser.