How To Clear Your History From A Samsung Galaxy S10
Last Updated: November 12, 2019
Clearing history is many things to many people. It can be as simple as clearing browsing history, call history, chat history, clearing the app cache or wiping the phone completely ready for resale. With the Samsung Galaxy S11 on its way and the Galaxy Fold already with us, many Android users are asking how they can clear history from a Samsung Galaxy S10. This tutorial shows you how.
I’ll cover all of the main histories on a phone. That includes browser history, call, message or chat history, app cache and wiping the phone completely.
Clear browser history on a Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a Samsung browser and Chrome. I don’t know anyone who uses the Samsung browser so I’ll assume you’re using Chrome.
- Open Chrome on your phone.
- Select the three line menu icon and select Settings.
- Select Privacy under Advanced and Clear Browsing Data.
- Select all options and select Clear Data.
Clear call history on a Samsung Galaxy S10
You can also clear your call history on Galaxy phones. It can come in useful for all manner of reasons, from hiding surprise preparations to any kind of call log you don’t want other people to find.
- Open the Phone app on your Samsung Galaxy S10.
- Select Recents.
- Select the three dot menu icon in the top right and select Delete.
- Select All at the top left and all call logs should be selected.
- Select Delete at the top right to clear the call log.
Clear message history on a Samsung Galaxy S10
You can clear the SMS message history on an S10 in much the same way.
- Open the messaging app on your S10.
- Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
- Select Edit and select the circle in the top left to select all messages.
- Select Delete at the top right to delete your message history.
Clear the app cache on a Samsung Galaxy S10
The app cache isn’t really a usable record of your activities on your phone but can be accessed by someone with developer tools to see what you have been doing on the phone and access any data you may have used while using those apps. Clearing the app cache can also help in troubleshooting apps so is doubly useful.
You clear the cache for individual apps. So if you want to remove Tinder and all information pertaining to it, you would select Tinder in Step 2 below. It is exactly the same process for any app. We’ll clear both the app cache and app data at once here.
Slide down the notification menu on your S10.
- Select the Settings gear icon and select Apps from the menu.
- Select the app whose cache you want to clear.
- Select Storage and Clear Cache and then Clear Data.
Factory reset the Samsung Galaxy S10
A factory reset will wipe all data from your phone and return it to stock. It will be as if it has arrived from the factory in its box for the first time. Anytime you sell or pass on your old phone, you should factory reset it to remove all personal data, photos, messages, videos, app data and anything else you may have on your phone.
Just be aware before you factory reset your phone that is deletes everything. You should back up anything you don’t want to lose beforehand otherwise it’s all gone forever.
If you are selling the phone, you might want to remove your Google account from it before performing the reset. If you don’t, the phone retains your Google account data and will require you enter them to access the phone after the reset. If you disable the setting first, you will be asked to set up the phone from scratch.
- Select the Settings app and select Accounts and Backup.
- Select Accounts and Google.
- Select Remove Account and confirm your choice.
Once the operation is complete, you can safely factory reset the phone.
- Select the Settings app from your phone.
- Select Backup and Reset and Backup and Factory Data Reset.
- Select Reset and enter your phone PIN to confirm.
- Select Delete All.
- Allow the process to complete.
Depending on how much data you have on your phone, this process can take a while. It will wipe everything from your phone and return it to stock Android with the basic apps. Once complete you can remove the SD card if you use one and prepare the phone for sale confident that it won’t have anything on it that could be used against you.