It's 2018, and almost everything is becoming more accessible on mobile devices. You do your work on them, play games on them, keep up with all your favorite shows, listen to your favorite music, stay updated on the latest news. That's not to mention it acting as, you know, your actual phone.

And then there's porn. Yes, even porn is more accessible, and for one reason or another people favor watching it on their mobile devices. Understandably, it's more important to know how to hide that porn when you're viewing it on your phone since situations like losing it for strangers to find or loaning it to someone for temporary use can be common occurrences.

That's why we're going to show you some very effective ways of hiding porn -- or evidence that you were viewing porn -- on your Android phone.

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Clearing browsing history, cookies, and cache

Let's start with your porn browsing habits because most people tend to stream it from on-demand sites nowadays. As you may know, web browsers keep a lot of information about your web activity. It keeps a record of which exact URLs you've been to, and also stores cookie files that are used to track your browsing activity as you hop from website to website. There's also cache, which is a term for downloaded web elements (such as images) which are stored in your device's memory so they can be loaded more quickly later on.

Long story short, if you're looking to keep all this stuff private, you'll want to know how to get rid of it at a moment's notice. Most modern browsers have a way of effectively nuking this information at the press of a button. Note that clearing your browsing history will remove all of the URLs of the sites you've previously visited, so you'll lose autocomplete functionality. It also removes cookies, which means you'll likely need to sign back into any websites you chose to remain logged into. Knowing that, here's how to do so on some of the most popular Android browsers:

  • In Google Chrome: Tap the button with 3 dots in the upper right corner of the app and then tap the History button. On the next screen, tap "Clear Browsing Data". Now, select the time range you want to clear -- from last hour up to all time -- and confirm that the boxes for "Browsing history", "Cookies and site data", and "Cached images and files" are all checked. Tap the "Clear Data" button to finish up.
  • In Firefox: Tap the button with 3 dots in the upper right corner and select "Settings". On the next page, tap "Clear private data", and then select which items you want to clear. At a minimum, you should select "Browsing history", "Search history", "Downloads", "Cookies and active logins", and "Cache". Use your discretion for the other options. Once you have everything checked, press the "Clear Data" button.
  • In Microsoft Edge: Tap the button with 3 dots in the lower right corner and tap "Settings." Tap "Privacy", then "Clear browsing data". Select the time range you want to remove, confirm that the boxes for "Browsing history", "Cookies and site data", and "Cached images and files" are selected, then tap the "Clear" button.
  • In Samsung Internet: Tap the button with 3 dots in the upper right corner and go to "Settings". Tap "Privacy", then "Delete personal data". Check the boxes for "Browsing history", "Cache", and "Cookies and site data", then press "Delete".
  • In Opera: Tap the Opera logo in the bottom right corner and hit "Settings". Scroll down to the Privacy section and select "Clear browsing data". Check the boxes for "Clear browsing history" and "Clear cookies and data", then tap "OK".

As you can see, the process is not only easy, but quick, so if you find yourself blindsided with a request to use your phone then you'll want to drill it into the back of your mind. Once you're in the clear, you'll want to consider more preventative measures to make sure this data is never saved on your phone again.

Browsing in Private Mode

That's where private mode comes into play. This can sometimes be called "incognito mode", "private tabs", or "private browsing" depending on which browser you use, but they all serve the same purpose -- refusing to save your browsing history, cache, or cookies while in it.

This is a useful feature for those who want to view porn on their phones because it means you can continue to store your web history, cookies, and cache for all your normal activity, and simply head into private mode whenever you want to keep the porn away. Once you're done with your session, you just exit private mode or close the private tab and your browser won't retain any evidence that you were ever looking up porn.

Here's what the feature is called in some of the top browsers for Android:

  • Chrome: Incognito Tabs
  • Firefox: Private Browsing + Tracking Protection
  • Microsoft Edge: InPrivate Browsing
  • Samsung Internet: Secret Mode
  • Opera: Private Tabs

All these browsers typically change the appearance of the window or tab you're viewing while in this mode to a dark gray so as to instill the feeling of privacy. It doesn't do much from a functionality standpoint aside from giving you a quick visual cue to know whether you're in normal or private mode, but it's helpful nonetheless.

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Or download Firefox Focus

If you're really paranoid about mixing business with pleasure, Firefox Focus is an interesting option. Firefox Focus is a web browser which promises ultimate privacy. It retains no browsing history or data between sessions, it does everything in its power to keep websites from tracking you and your browsing habits, and it doesn't even transmit any data of its own to any outside servers. It's basically a permanent private mode.

Firefox Focus isn't ideal as your everyday browser for these reasons, but it suddenly becomes the perfect tool for watching porn. Give it a try at Google Play.

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A word of caution

Private browsing is a boon for those who want to keep evidence of porn browsing off their phones, but it isn't a catch-all solution. There are still situations where your browsing activity may be noticed in these modes.

The most obvious scenario is having someone looking over your shoulder. They can still use those eyes they have to get all up in your business while you're in the act. You could mitigate this with things like privacy filters, but we'd suggest just not viewing porn in anything other than a private environment as a good starting point.

Less straightforward than that is the matter of network monitoring, which is a whole different beast. If you're on a non-private network such as a WiFi hotspot or on your workplace WiFi and they have monitoring tools, they can still see what you're doing. Your internet service provider may also still know which data passes through their pipes.

If this is a concern for you, we suggest looking into VPN services. A VPN -- short for virtual private network -- routes all your web activity through a private, encrypted tunnel, so even if someone can see that you're doing something on the internet, they won't know what, exactly, it is. Check out this list of great VPN services. Some of them may cost you, but ultimate privacy is priceless.

Lock your video files, photos, and porn apps behind a vault

Up until now, we've been discussing the perfect ways to hide porn on your Android phone if you are mostly streaming it in a browser, but what about dedicated apps or files you've downloaded? You can hide those, too.

One of the easiest ways to do this is with vault apps. Some Android phones have a feature like this built in, such as Secure Folder on Samsung's phones.

But you're not out of luck if your phone doesn't have something like this. Vault apps are perfect for locking access to your sensitive stuff behind a password or your fingerprint. For instance, you could lock things like your entire gallery or file browser into this app, meaning any snoopers will need further authentication than getting access to your app drawer. And if you happen to have any dedicated porn apps, those can be protected, too.

If you don't want all of your photos and videos locked away, some apps will allow you to select specific ones. This is arguably the better solution as they do it in a way that hides your porn's existence from other apps, such as the image or video selector in your messaging app. Our favorite app for this purpose is AppLock.

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Do note, however, that someone with access to the overall file system on your phone and a bit of technical know-how can still somehow find those items, as the trick to hiding them at the user level is a simple renaming scheme. While the likelihood of someone going to such great lengths to find your porn is low, it's still something you should know.

Porn be gone

By now, you should have everything you need to make sure your porn -- and your private stuff in general -- won't be discovered by anyone who happens to be using your phone. We'll always stress a more general degree of caution when it comes to your privacy (meaning don't loan your phone out to untrustworthy individuals if you can help it), but if it can't be helped then these tips should keep you relatively safe.