Choose your privacy settings

Some Google Chrome features use web services to improve your browsing experience. For example, Chrome can use a web service to automatically offer completions for search terms or website addresses you type in the address bar. Most of these settings are turned on by default. You can turn them off whenever you want.

Turn off a privacy setting

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu icon Chrome menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under Privacy, uncheck any privacy settings you no longer want. When you turn a privacy setting off, that information will not be sent to Google.

Read the finer details of how we treat your information in our Privacy Notice.

Learn about each privacy setting

Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
  • About this feature: When you can’t connect to a webpage, you can get suggestions for alternative pages similar to the one you're trying to reach.
  • Information that is sent: Chrome sends Google the URL of the page you're trying to reach in order to offer you suggestions.
  • Learn more about navigation error suggestions.
Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box
  • About this feature: When you start typing a search or a URL in the address bar, you'll see suggested phrases or URLs to complete what you're typing. These predictions are based on related web searches, your browsing history, and popular websites.
  • Information that is sent: If your default search engine provides a prediction service, the browser sends the text you type in the address bar to your default search engine. If Google is your default search engine, this text will be logged according to the logging policies for Omnibox Predictions.
  • Learn more about the address bar prediction service.
Predict network actions to improve page load performance
  • About this feature: Browsers use an IP address to load a webpage. When you visit a webpage, Chrome can look up the IP addresses of all its links and prerender (preload) or prefetch ones you might navigate to next. Websites can use prerendering and prefetching technology to more quickly load links that you might click next.
  • Information that is sent: If you turn this setting on, websites (and any of their embedded resources) that are prerendered or prefetched may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them -- even if you don’t visit the prerendered or prefetched pages after all.
  • Learn more about prerendering technology.
Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google
  • About this feature: It helps Chrome better detect files and sites that are harmful or unsafe.
  • Information that is sent: When you encounter a suspicious download or website, Chrome may ask to send information about the suspicious event to Google to improve the quality of Safe Browsing. This data will be sent every time Chrome detects a file or site like this.
  • Learn more about malware and uncommon download warnings.
Protect you and your device from dangerous sites
  • About this feature: Get an instant alert whenever the browser detects that the website you're going to may be harmful.
  • Information that is sent: When you visit a website, Chrome checks it against a list of known-bad websites stored on your computer. If the URL matches anything on the list, your browser sends a partial copy of the URL to Google to decide if you're visiting a risky site.
  • Learn more about phishing and malware detection.
Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors
Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google
  • About this feature: Help us prioritize the features and improvements we should work on by sending Google information about the files, applications, and services running whenever you experience a crash.
  • Information that is sent: Usage statistics include information such as preferences, button clicks, and memory usage. It does not include webpage URLs or any personal information. Chrome will also send data about web usage that cannot be linked to any one user’s activity (via RAPPOR). Crash reports contain system information at the time of the crash, and may contain web page URLs or personal information, depending on what was happening at the time of the crash.
  • Learn more about usage statistics and crash reports.
Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic
  • About this feature: You can include a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic. However, many websites will still collect and use your browsing data to improve security, provide content, services, ads and recommendations on their websites, and generate reporting statistics.
  • Information that is sent: No personal or system information is sent with your request to not be tracked.
  • Learn more about Do Not Track.

Content settings

  • About this feature: The browser can store cookies and allow websites to use certain capabilities, such as plug-ins and JavaScript, to customize your browsing.
  • Information that is sent: By default, the browser allows cookies, images, JavaScript, and plug-ins. Pop-ups are blocked by default. Location sharing and desktop notifications are only allowed with your specific permission.
  • Learn more about web content settings.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator might apply some of these privacy settings for you, in which case you can't change them yourself. Learn about using a managed Chromebook.

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