If you like your privacy when you browse the Internet, particularly in situations where other people might be using your computer and could see your browsing history, then you may have gotten in the habit of using a private browsing tab, or constantly clearing your history.
But this extra step can be a little inconvenient, and it’s easy to forget.
One way to keep your privacy without needing to use either of these options is to change a setting in Firefox so that the browser never remembers your history.
Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can make Firefox never remember your browsing history.
How to Get Firefox to Never Remember Your Browsing History
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop/laptop version of Firefox.
Completing these steps will change a setting in Firefox so that the browser never remembers your history, regardless of whether you are in a regular browsing tab or a private browsing tab.
Step 1: Open Firefox.
Step 2: Select the Open menu option at the top-right corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options on this menu.
Step 4: Choose the Privacy & Security tab at the left side of the window.
Step 5: Click the dropdown menu to the right of Firefox will under the History section of the menu, then choose the Never remember history option. Firefox will then prompt you to restart the browser so that these changes can take effect.
As noted on the menu after making this change, Firefox will now use the same settings as private browsing and will not remember any history as you browse the Web. Additionally, you may want to click the clear all current history button to delete any of the existing history in your browser prior to making this change.
Now that you know how to stop remembering history in Firefox, you can use this setting to make sure that this information isn’t saved in the browser.
Would you like Firefox to start on a different page than what you currently see when you open the browser? Find out how to set Firefox to open with a different page so that it starts with your email or a favorite news site.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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