How to Automatically Clear Firefox History?

Dec 15, 2012

If you are concerned about privacy, you should make it a habit to clean web browsing history. In Firefox, you can do so both automatically and manually. In an earlier article, I already mentioned the simple steps to clean Firefox history manually. The manual steps are simple. But automation always saves time. Right? Mozilla Firefox comes with an option for automatic history cleaning. By default that option is disabled. But upon enabling it, your browsing history will be automatically removed each time you close your browser. Find out more about it below.

Firefox Auto Clean History

How to set Firefox to automatically clear History?

  1. Open Firefox web browser.
  2. Go to Tools and select Options. If you menu bar is hidden, Click the Firefox button on top left and select Options from the menu.
  3. Go to Privacy section in the Options window.
  4. Under History, go to the drop down menu near the line saying “Firefox will:”. The default option is “Remember History”. You should select “Use custom setting for history”.
  5. A few options will appear below. Check/Select the option (should show the tick mark) saying “Clear history when Firefox closes”.
  6. Now click the Settings.. button near “Clear history when Firefox closes”.
  7. Another window will appear with options. Select all of them. For reference use the screenshot above.
  8. Now press the OK button. And again press the OK button on Options window.

That’s it. From now on whenever you close your browser, Firefox will automatically clear all history and saved data. The cleared history items include your browsing history, cookies, download history, form & search history, active logins and cache. The automatic history cleaning process also remove (if you checked all options) saved passwords, offline websites data and site preferences. So, there’s nothing left of your browsing history after you close your browser. This will save lot time, which you would have spent on manually removing your Firefox history.

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