How to clear your Bing search history and Microsoft Edge history and take control of your privacy

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How to clear Bing search history and Edge history

Want to take control of your privacy? Here’s how you can clear your Bing search history and your Microsoft Edge History, too.

  • To Clear Bing’s Search History: Visit Bing.com, and then click the hamburger menu at the top right of the screen. Click Search History then click the box that says Manage or clear your search. You’ll want to click the Clear button.
  • To Clear your Microsoft Edge History: Click the three dots at the top right of the screen next to your profile picture. Then, from there, choose History. Then, click the three forward-facing dots in the pop-up menu and choose Manage History to delete history items.

 

Applies to All Windows 10 Versions

Sometimes there might be a moment when you might want to clear your search history in Bing. You might have looked up something embarrassing, there’s the possibility that you might want to hide something (say a gift idea,) or you just could just be conscious of your privacy.

Usually, the best way to avoid all these issues is to open an InPrivate or Incognito window and browse, but how do you take control of your privacy when browsing normally? Today, we’ll show you how you can clear your Bing search history and your Microsoft Edge History, too.

How to clear your Bing search history

Bing Search History

Clearing your Bing search history is actually quite easy. Simply visit Bing.com, and then click the hamburger menu at the top right of the screen. You can then click Search History which will take you to a list of your searches on Bing. You also can click this link to get to the search history page, too. From there, you’ll see a box that says Manage or clear your search. You’ll want to click the Clear button here to clear all of your searches. Simple as that!

How to manage your Microsoft Edge History

Edge Clear Daya

In addition to clearing Bing searches, you also can clear your Microsoft Edge history for more privacy, too. This will clear cookies, which are often used in tracking you across different websites. You can clear Edge history by clicking the three dots at the top right of the screen next to your profile picture. Then, from there, choose History.

You can then click the three forward-facing dots in the pop-up menu and choose Manage History so you can see a look at your entire history. Select the items you want to delete and then, click Delete.

We also suggest you click the Clear browsing data link at the top of the screen. This will take you to the privacy page in Edge. From here, you can select to clear the browsing history, download history, cookies and site data, cache image and files, and more. Just be sure to select a time range. If you’re signed in with a Microsoft Account, this will clear data across all your devices.

While you’re here, we have a note for you on the Edge Privacy Page. You can get to it by clicking the three dots at the top of the screen, then choosing Settings and choosing Privacy. As we show in our screenshot above, Edge has a lot of great privacy features built-in.

You’ll want to click the Strict settings from the tracking prevention. You’ll also want to click Send Do not Track requests, too. Also, just to be super secure, be sure to click the button that says Personalize your web experience. This will ensure that your search and web data are not used for personalizing what you see on the web.

How to manage your Bing and Microsoft Account privacy settings

Bing Privacy Settings

In addition to clearing your search history, you also can manage settings for Bing and a Microsoft Account, too. Head to the hamburger menu at the top right of the screen, choose privacy. This works with a Microsoft Account linked to Bing via the Microsoft Account page, so you’ll want to sign in with one.

Then, click the link that says View and Clear Search History, From here, you can clear everything linked to your Microsoft Account, such as Voice Searches, Bing Searches, Browsing History, Media, Locations, and more. Just click the entry in the list and click Clear.

In addition, you also can toggle into Bing settings. Click the hamburger menu on the top right of the screen, choose Settings and then choose More. From there, you can change a wide variety of search settings related to Bing.

You can do the same with Google and Google Search!

Google Delete Data

Of course, not everyone is in with the Microsoft ecosystem. If you’re in with Chrome and Google, you can do the same things, as well. You can clear your history in Chrome by clicking the three dots at the top right and choosing history. As a shortcut, you can click CTRL+H on your keyboard. Then, choosing the Clear Browsing Data link and Clear Data to delete your full browsing history.

For other Google Activities and clearing your Google Search history, you can visit the Google My Activity Page. From here. You’ll see search activity, Android app activity, and more. Just click the Filter button and choose a time and date, select the product to filter by, and click Apply. Then you can delete this associated data from your Google Account by selecting the “X” next to the item on the list.

We hope you found our guide helpful. Let us know how you usually keep yourself safe online by dropping us a comment below!

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