How to Auto Delete Firefox History Without Using Private Mode.
Firefox is known for its commitment to security and, more importantly, privacy. One way to track users of popular sites and online advertisers is through cookies and cache. Then there is your browsing history that anyone can see to see what you’ve been lately. While private mode solves this problem by deleting all browsing history and cache files, it is cumbersome. So how to automatically delete Firefox history without private mode in Firefox?
If you’re not in the know, this is why you should avoid using private mode in the first place. All your browser add-ons are disabled in private mode, which can cause problems. This means no password manager, ad blocker, VPN, etc. Surprisingly, Chrome offers the option to automatically delete all browsing history when you exit the app. Firefox, which has earned a reputation for being serious about privacy and security, also offers this feature out of the box, but there is no way to customize it.
So what can you do? Addons. Here is the answer. But first…
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1. Firefox Settings
Open Firefox and go to Options from the menu icon. In other browsers this is called preferences, but for some reason it is also called preferences in Firefox. Click on “Privacy & Security” and select the “Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed” checkbox. Here you can manually delete all cache files, click Manage Data to selectively delete individual site cache files, or choose to automatically delete all files when Firefox is closed.
Scroll a little more and you will find the heading History. Turn on Clear history on closing Firefox and turn off all other options. Then you will see a “Settings” button appear on the right. Click on it.
In the next pop-up window, you can specify exactly what you want to automatically remove in Firefox when you close it. This includes your browsing and download history, cache, cookies, what you entered into forms or search bars, and active login sessions. You can now automatically delete Firefox history along with some other types of sensitive data.
It’s a lot of control, and while it’s all cool, there is no way to control the number of days you want to do it. For example, what if you want to automatically delete your Firefox browsing history and cache after a certain number of days? Different users, different needs. That’s why we’re going to take a look at some of the additions now and see if we can find a better way to manage our data.
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2. History Cleaner
History Cleaner is the first add-on on the list to help you automatically delete Firefox history when you exit without using private mode. Click the link below to open the add-on page, download and install it.
Open the add-ons page in Firefox. You can go directly to the settings page or type about: addons and hit Enter in the address bar. Click Options next to History Cleaner. You will not see the add-on icon in the browser, as usual, next to the address bar for other add-ons.
Scroll a little to find the Number of Days option. Here you can define the number of days for which you want to keep your browsing history in Firefox.
By default, it is set to 0 days, which means that the moment you close your browser and not a separate tab, all Firefox browsing history will be automatically deleted. Remember to save your settings, test everything to make sure everything works for you.
Clearing download history: Firefox
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3. Clear the cache
The first addon we reviewed is good, but it only solves part of the problem. You can automatically delete Firefox history and have more control over the process, but what about the cache? Power users can use cache files or data to track the websites you visit. Oh. The Clear Cache add-on for Firefox will automatically delete the Firefox cache without using private mode. But there is a catch. You will need to press a button. Not a bad deal, however. The two add-ons are safe to use together. Download and install it from the link below.
Open the add-ons page, as last time in the previous paragraph. Select Options next to the Clear Cache add-on.
There are two options here. You can choose to display a notification, which is nothing more than a confirmation dialog that the cache has been deleted or not. The second option is to reload the active tab. When deleting the cache, you will be logged out of all active sessions. So if you are logged into Facebook and it is open in a tab, it will log out and you can either close that tab or reload it after clearing your cache. Unfortunately, no addon can automatically delete Firefox history and cache along with the ability to control days.
After saving the settings, press F9 (Command + F9 on macOS) or the add-on icon in your browser to clear the cache. It will also save you some RAM and HDD / SDD space as cache files are stored there.
Download Clear cache: Firefox
Firefox auto delete history
Want to know what data Firefox stores when you browse the Wild Web? It turns out a lot. Fortunately, there are ways to remove this data and gain finer granular control over various aspects of the process. You just need to configure Firefox’s default options and then install the above add-ons to customize them the way you want. Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and then you can safely browse the pages.
Just to give you some more options, head over to History AutoDelete. Check it out.