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Clear browsing data

You can control your history and other browsing data, like 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 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.
  • Download history: The list of files you've downloaded using Chrome is cleared, but the actual files aren't removed from your computer.
  • Cached images and files: Chrome remembers parts of pages to help them open faster during your next visit. Text and images from pages you've visited in Chrome are removed.
  • Cookies and other site data
    • Cookies: Cookies are files created by websites 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 an site like Gmail or a program like iTunes. The default action you set for certain types of link will be deleted
  • Passwords: Records of passwords 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.
  • Hosted app data: Data from hosted Chrome Web Store apps is erased, like the local storage used by Gmail Offline.
  • Media licenses: Licenses for HTML5 or Flash protected content, like movies 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 behavior online. These other types of data can be deleted separately:

If you're giving away your computer, remember to sign out of Chrome and check "Also remove your existing data from this device."

Delete your browsing data

If you sync a type of data, deleting it on your computer will delete it everywhere it's synced. It'll 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. In the box that appears, at the top, choose a time, like the past hour or the past day. To delete everything, select the beginning of time.
  5. Select the types of information you want to remove.
  6. Click Clear browsing 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 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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