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Clear browsing data

You have control over your browsing data. This information includes things such as your browsing history, saved form entries and other types of data.

You can delete all your data or just some from a specific period of time.

Delete your browsing data

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'Advanced', tap Privacy and then Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, tap the drop-down under 'Clear data from the'.
  5. Choose a time period, 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.
Different types of data
  • 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.
    • Any IP addresses pre-fetched from those pages are removed.
  • Cookies and site data:
  • Cached images and files: Browsers remember parts of web pages to help them load faster during your next visit. Text and images from web pages that you've visited in Chrome are removed.
  • Saved passwords: Records of passwords that you saved are deleted.
  • AutoFill form data: All your AutoFill entries and records of text that you've entered on web forms are deleted.

Delete specific items from your browsing data

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

See more instructions:

Delete other info

The following items can't be deleted by using "Clear browsing data".

Content Settings ...
Your content settings handle how websites can set cookies, use your location, use your camera and other things. To delete, manage your content settings.
Search engines & history

Your default search engine is used when you do a search using the address bar. If you use specific keywords to create your search terms, other search engines might be used. Websites that you visit can also register themselves as search engines and show your browsing history. To change or delete a search engine, you can update your search engine settings.

Your search history stored on Google is not deleted when you delete your browsing history in Chrome. To remove past searches, delete search activity.

Extensions (computer only)
Extensions might store data on your computer or in your Google account. To delete, uninstall the extension.
Google activity

When you clear browsing data, the data types you select are removed from Chrome, your Google account and your synced devices.

Other forms of browsing history, such as past searches and activity on other Google services and products, are saved to your Google account if the Web & App Activity setting is turned on. This activity isn't deleted when you clear browsing data. To view and control your saved activity, visit My Activity.

What deleting does

  • If you sync data on multiple devices, deleting it on one device will delete it from all devices the next time they sync. You can choose which data types you want to sync.
  • Saved site settings, such as microphone or location permissions, aren't deleted here. You can delete saved site settings by updating your content settings.
  • Deleting cookies will sign you out of most websites. On mobile, if you’re signed in to Chrome, you won’t be signed out of Google.

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