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Clear browsing data

You can control your history and other browsing data, such as saved form entries.

Delete all your data or just some from a specific time

What happens to your info

Data that can be deleted

Basic

  • Browsing history: Clearing your browsing history deletes the following:
    • Web addresses that you've visited are removed from the History page.
    • Shortcuts to those pages are removed from the New Tab page.
    • Address bar predictions for those websites are no longer shown.
  • Cookies and site data
  • Cached images and files: Chrome remembers parts of pages to help them open faster during your next visit. Text and images from pages that you've visited in Chrome are removed.

Advanced

The 'Advanced' section includes the basic data types, plus the following:

  • Saved passwords: Records of passwords that you saved are deleted.
  • AutoFill form data: Your AutoFill entries are deleted, including addresses and credit cards. Cards from your Google Payments account aren't deleted.
  • Site settings: Settings and permissions that you give to websites are deleted. For example, if a site can run JavaScript, use your camera or know your location.
  • Media licences: Licences for HTML5 protected content, like films or music that you’ve played or downloaded, are deleted.
Data that doesn't get deleted

There are other types of data that are related to your behaviour online. These other types of data can be deleted separately:

If you're giving away your device, remember to delete your browsing data and then sign out of Chrome.

Delete your browsing data

If you sync a type of data, deleting it on your Android device will delete it everywhere that it's synced. It'll be removed from other devices and your Google Account.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'Advanced', tap Privacy and then Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, under 'Clear data from the', tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  5. Choose a time, such as past hour or past day. To delete everything, select beginning of time.
  6. Select the types of information that you want to remove.
  7. Tap Clear data.

Delete individual items

Instead of deleting entire categories of your browsing data, you can pick items to delete:

Delete from one device

Deleting info from a device will delete it everywhere that it's synced. To delete the data from one device without removing it everywhere:

  1. Turn off sync on the device.
  2. Delete the data from the device.

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