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How to See and Clear Download History on Chrome and Firefox

Chrome and Firefox have the download history which shows downloads you've made using them.

In this post, we will see how to see and clear download history on Chrome and Firefox. Let's get started.

See Chrome Download History

You can see Chrome download history in three different ways and here are they:

Open Chrome and then press Ctrl + J.

Chrome download history

Open Chrome and then hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top-right of the screen.

Now, click "Downloads" which you can find between "History" and "Bookmarks."

​In the Address Bar, type chrome://downloads and then hit "Enter" key.

See Firefox Download History

You can see Firefox download history in two different ways and here are they:

​Open Firefox and then press Ctrl + J.

Firefox download history

Hit the "Library" icon beside Address Bar and then click on "Downloads."(Alternatively, you can hit the Hamburger icon (three vertical lines) > Library > Downloads.)

Now, you can see the recent downloads. If you want to see more downloads, click on "Show All Downloads" option.

Show All Downloads option

View Download History on Chrome for Android

Open the Chrome app. Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top.

Hit "Downloads" which is between "History" and "Desktop site." Now, you can see your chrome app download history.

Downloads screen

View Download History on Firefox for Android

Open the Firefox app. Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top.

Hit Tools > Downloads. Now, you can see your Firefox app download history.

Downloads screen of Firefox app

Clear Chrome Download History

Access the Chrome download history (Press Ctrl + J).

To remove an entry, click "X" in that entry.

To clear entire download history, hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top-right of the screen. Hit "Clear all" option.

Clear all option

Clear Firefox Download History

Access the Firefox download history (Press Ctrl + J).

To remove an individual entry, right-click on the entry you want to delete. Hit the "Remove from History" option.

Remove from History option

To delete the entire download history, click on "Clear Downloads" option at the top-right.

Clear Downloads option

Delete Download History on Chrome for Android

Open Chrome for Android. Tap on Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > Downloads.

​To remove an individual entry, hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) beside the entry you want to delete and then hit the "Delete" option.

Delete option in Chrome app

If you want to delete multiple entries at once, long press the ones you want to remove and then hit the "Trash Can" icon at the top.

Trash Can icon in Chrome app

Unfortunately, there is no option to delete the entire download history, and you need to use the above step to do this task.

Delete Download History on Firefox for Android

Open the Firefox app. Hit the Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > Tools > Downloads.

Long press the entry you want to delete and then hit "Delete."

Delete option in Firefox app

If you want to delete entire history, long press an entry and then hit "Delete All." In the confirmation popup, hit "OK."

Additional Hint

The downloads you've made while you're in private browsing mode will not be displayed in the normal browsing mode's download history. It is applied to both Chrome and Firefox (web and Android browsers).

Typically, the download history shows the downloads that are made after the download history is cleared.

In Chrome web browser, if the downloaded file is removed, renamed or moved to another location, you'll see "Deleted" in that entry in download history.

Deleted in the download history entry

In Chrome for Android, the entry will be removed if the downloaded file is deleted, renamed or moved to another location.

In Firefox web browser, if the downloaded file is deleted, renamed or moved to another location, you'll see "File moved or missing" in that ​entry (See screenshots of Firefox web browser section).

In Firefox app, if the downloaded file is deleted, renamed or moved to another location, you'll see "Unknown size" in that ​entry in download history.

Unknown size in download history item

Keep in mind that removing entries from download history of Chrome and Firefox (both PC and Android) will not remove downloaded files.

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