Most of us think we have nothing to hide, and therefore it matters not who sees what sites we visit online. But you may want to be a little more discreet.

If you've been shopping for a partner's birthday, researching a mystery ailment, watching something you don't want the kids to find, or asking the type of questions you'd feel silly asking an actual human on a shared Android phone or tablet, know that anyone who has access to that device can also see what you've been looking at. You might want to rethink that data falling into the wrong hands.

Most Android devices run Google's Chrome browser, although some manufacturers add their own tools for getting online. You'll find the process for deleting your browsing history in those apps largely similar to the steps we outline below for Google Chrome.

How to delete your phone or tablet's browsing history

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Tap on the three dots icon at the top right corner of the screen
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select Privacy
  5. Scroll down to and select 'Clear browsing data'
  6. You'll probably find all three options listed here are preselected by default, but double-check 'Browsing history' is selected
  7. Next to Time range use the drop-down to specify a time period, either All time or the last hour, day, week or month
  8. Tap Clear data

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