Chrome's privacy settings

Several browser options use information, such as the webpages you're visiting, to enhance and protect your experience on the web. Learn about these features and how your information is used to enhance your web browsing. Read the finer details of how we treat your information in our Privacy Policy.

All of these features (except "Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports" and "Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic") are enabled by default. You can always choose to disable them in the Privacy settings by clicking the Chrome menu Chrome menu > Settings > Show advanced settings > Privacy.

Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors

  • About this feature: In cases where the web address does not resolve or a connection cannot be made, you can get suggestions of alternative webpages that are similar to the one you're trying to reach.
  • Information that is sent: Whenever the web address does not resolve or a connection cannot be made, the browser 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

  • About this feature: The browser can use a prediction service to show you related web searches, matches from your browsing history, and popular websites as you type in the address bar.
  • 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 in order to retrieve predicted searches and web addresses. This information is then displayed in the address bar menu. 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 the IP address to load a webpage. By looking up this information in advance, any links you click on the webpage will load faster. Websites can also use pre-rendering technology to pre-load the links that you might click next.
  • Information that is sent: When you visit a webpage, the browser can look up the IP addresses of all links on the webpage and pre-fetch links you might click next.
  • Learn more about prerendering technology

Enable phishing and malware protection

  • 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 webpage, Safe Browsing checks the website you're visiting against a list of known-bad websites stored on your  computer. If the URL you're visiting 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

  • About this feature: This allows Chrome to use the same spell-checking technology as Google Search. To enable this feature, right-click inside the text field that you're typing in and select Spell-checker options > Ask Google for suggestions.
  • Information that is sent: When this feature is enabled, Chrome will send the text you typed to Google’s servers.
  • Learn more about Google Search's spell-checking technology

Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports

  • About this feature: Help us prioritize the features and improvements we should work on. Permit the system to send Google information about the files, applications, and services that are running whenever you experience a crash.
  • Information that is sent: Usage statistics contain aggregated information such as preferences, button clicks, and memory usage. It does not include web page URLs or any personal information. 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, the effect depends on whether a website responds to the request, and how the request is interpreted. For example, some websites may respond to this request by showing you ads that aren't based on other websites you've visited. Many websites will still collect and use your browsing data - for example to improve security, to provide content, services, ads and recommendations on their websites, and to generate reporting statistics.
  • 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.
  • Content that is allowed: 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 make some of these privacy settings for you, in which case you can't change them yourself. Learn about using a managed Chromebook