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


  • 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 other site data
    • Cookies: Cookies are files created by websites that you visit. They make your online experience easier by saving browsing information.
    • Site data: HTML5-enabled storage types including application caches, web storage data, web SQL database data and indexed database data.
    • Handlers. Chrome allows external applications and web services to open certain links. For example, certain links can open a site like Gmail or a program like iTunes. The default action that you set for certain types of link will be deleted
    • Media licences: Licences for HTML5 protected content, like films or music that you’ve played or downloaded, are deleted.
  • 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.


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

  • Download history: The list of files that you've downloaded using Chrome is cleared, but the actual files aren't removed from your computer.
  • 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 Pay account aren't deleted.
  • Content 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.
  • Hosted app data: Data from hosted Chrome Web Store apps is erased, such as the local storage used by Gmail Offline.
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:

Delete your browsing data

If you sync a type of data, such as history or passwords, deleting it on your computer will delete it everywhere that it's synced. It will be removed from other devices and your Google Account.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.
  4. Choose a time range, like Last hour or All time.
  5. Select the types of information that you want to remove.
  6. Click Clear data.

Note: If you delete cookies and have sync turned on, Chrome keeps you signed into your Google Account. Your cookies will be removed from other devices and your Google Account.

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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