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, but you can turn them off whenever you want.

Computer
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu Chrome menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under "Privacy," adjust your settings:
    • To manage how Chrome handles content and permissions for a site, click Content settings.
    • To delete information about the websites you've visited, click Clear browsing data.
    • Uncheck any of the privacy settings boxes you don't want anymore.

Click to learn about each privacy option:

Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors

When you can't connect to a webpage, you can get suggestions for other pages like the one you're trying to reach.

Chrome sends Google the web address of the page you're trying to reach to offer you suggestions.

Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box

These predictions are based on related web searches, your browsing history, and popular websites. If your default search engine provides a prediction service, the browser sends the text you type in the address bar to the search engine.

Learn more about the address bar prediction service.

Predict network actions to improve page load performance

Browsers use an IP address to load a webpage. When you visit a webpage, Chrome can look up the IP addresses of all the page's links and load the ones you might navigate to next.

If you turn this setting on, websites and any embedded content that are pre-loaded may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them, even if you don't. Learn more about prerendering technology.

Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google

When you encounter a suspicious download or website, Chrome might ask to send information about it.

If you checked the box, 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 or files

Get an instant alert whenever Chrome sees that the website you're going to could be harmful. When you visit a website, Chrome checks it against a list of websites stored on your computer that are known to be bad.

Learn more about Safe Browsing protection.

If the URL website matches anything on the list, your browser sends a partial copy of the URL to Google to find out if you're visiting a risky site.

Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors

Use the same spell-checking technology in Chrome as Google Search. Chrome sends the text you typed to Google's servers.

Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google

Usage statistics

Help us prioritize the features and improvements we should work on by sending Google information about your use of Chrome. This includes:

  • Preferencesto
  • Button clicks
  • Memory usage

It doesn't include web addresses or any personal information unless you visit a malicious website. Chrome will also send data about web usage that can't be linked to any one user's activity (via RAPPOR).

Crash reports

Help us improve Chrome by sending us information about what you're trying to do when Chrome crashes. This may include:

  • System information at the time of the crash
  • Web addresses or personal information, depending on what was happening during the crash
  • Files, applications, and services running at the time of the crash

Learn more about usage statistics and crash reports.

Send a ‘Do Not Track' request with your browsing traffic

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.

Android phone or tablet
  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome logo.
  2. Touch the Chrome Menu  > Settings > (Advanced) Privacy.
  3. Touch the feature you want to update:
    • Navigation error suggestions. In cases where the web address does not resolve or a connection cannot be made, Chrome can show suggestions for the page you were trying to reach.
    • Search and URL suggestions. The browser can use a prediction service to show you related searches, matches from your browsing history, and popular websites as you type in the address bar.
    • Security incidents. You can have Chrome automatically send details of possible security issues to Google to keep you and others safer in the future.
    • SafeBrowsing. You can turn on Safe Browsing technology to protect you from malware and phishing attacks.
    • Prefetch page resources. When you visit a webpage, Chrome can look up the IP addresses of all links on the webpage. By looking up this information in advance, any links you click on the webpage will load faster. Websites can also pre-load the links that you might click next.
    • Usage statistics and crash reports. Let Google Chrome send Google usage statistics and crash reports.
    • Do Not Track. You can include a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic. However, the effect depends on whether a website responds to the request. Many websites will still collect and use your browsing data.
iPhone and iPad
  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome logo.
  2. Touch the Chrome Menu  > Settings.
  3. Under "Advanced," touch Privacy.
  4. Touch the feature you want to update:
    • Under "Clear Browsing Data," you can delete information related to websites you've been to and your information.
    • Under "Other Devices," turn Handoff on or off. Handoff lets you easily switch between browsing on your mobile device and browsing on your computer.
    • Under "Web Services," choose whether to have Chrome show you suggestions or send usage statistics and crash reports.

Related topics

  • Read the finer details of how we treat your information in our Privacy Notice.
  • If you're 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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