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How to clear your download history in Mozilla Firefox

While you’re surfing the Web, Firefox remembers a lot of information for you. It might just be the sites you’ve visited, the files you’ve downloaded, and more. All of this information is called your history or log.

However, browser history can both help and bring you trouble. If the computer is used by someone else besides you, it makes sense not to leave traces of the Internet using a private browsing mode or simply delete the history in Mozilla Firefox.

Well, if you don’t want anyone to see your download history in Mozilla Firefox, you can easily delete it. And here’s how you can do this in a few simple steps.

How to clear download history in Mozilla Firefox on PC

If you want to clear your download history in Mozilla Firefox on your PC, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open Mozilla Firefox on your computer.
  • Then, click on the “three lines” button in the top right corner of the screen and select “Settings” from the drop down menu.
  • The preferences menu will appear. Go to the “Privacy & Security” settings.
  • In the “Privacy & Security” menu, scroll down to the “History” section and click on the “Clear History…” button.
  • After that, the “Clear All History” popup window will appear, where you have to select the “Time range to clear” option, select the data you want to clear (it’s “Browsing & download history” in your case) and click “OK” to confirm.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to clear your download history in Mozilla Firefox on your PC. You have also to be aware that you can’t recover deleted download history.

How to clear download history in Mozilla Firefox on mobile device

If you want to clear download history in Mozilla Firefox on your mobile device, you have to follow these steps:

  • Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on you mobile device.
  • Then, tap on the “three dots” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select “Settings”.
  • After that, scroll down to the “Privacy and security” section and tap on the “Delete browsing data” option.
  • Now, in the “Delete browsing data” menu, choose the data you want to clear (this is “Downloads” in your case), and tap on the “Delete browsing data” button.
  • Finally, the popup window appears, where you have to confirm the action by tapping on the “Delete” button.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to delete your download history in Mozilla Firefox on your mobile device.

You have also to be aware that you can even set your Firefox to automatically clear your download history.

What is a Private Mode in Mozilla Firefox

Private browsing doesn’t save your browsing information, such as cookies and history, and leaves no trace after your session ends. Firefox also has Advanced Tracking Protection, which prevents hidden trackers from collecting your data on multiple websites and slowing down your browsing.

It’s also important to know that private browsing doesn’t make you anonymous on the Internet. Your Internet Service Provider, employer, or websites may collect information about the pages you visit. Also, Private Browsing Mode doesn’t protect you from keyloggers or spyware that may be installed on your computer.

What isn’t saved in Private Mode

Mozilla Firefox doesn’t save in Private Mode this data:

  • Visited websites:
    • Websites will not be added to the list of visited websites in the Log menu, in the Library window log or in the address bar drop-down list.
  • Download history:
    • After exiting Private Browsing Mode, files downloaded during Private Browsing Mode will not be displayed in the Download Window.
  • Forms and search data:
    • Nothing you enter in the various forms on web pages or in the Search Box will be saved for auto-complete forms.
  • Cookies:
    • Cookies store information about the websites you visit, such as site settings and login status. Cookies may also be used by third parties to track your transitions between sites.
  • Cached Web Content and Offline Web Content and User Data:
    • Temporary Internet files, cached files, or files saved by websites for offline operation will not be saved on your computer.

That’s all you have to know about clearing download history in Mozilla Firefox.

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