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Reset Chrome settings to default

You can restore your browser settings in Chrome at any time. You might need to do this if apps or extensions you installed changed your settings without your knowledge. Your saved bookmarks and passwords won't be cleared or changed.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu Menu or More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under the section "Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
  6. In the box that appears, click Reset. ​

These steps won't provide a full reset. For example, some settings like fonts or accessibility won't be deleted. To completely delete all settings, create a new user profile.

What changes when you restore your settings 

The following settings will change back to the default:

Only the settings for the Chrome profile you're signed in to will be reset. Your new settings will apply across all computers or devices where you’re signed in to your active profile.

Troubleshoot reset problems

Settings menu missing or won't open

If the settings menu doesn't open or isn't there, Chrome might have a problem. To fix, uninstall Chrome then download Chrome again from google.com/chrome and reinstall it.

If you're still having problems, you might have a program installed that is changing your Google Chrome settings. Learn more about programs that cause unwanted settings changes.

Chrome reset my browser settings

Sometimes, programs that you install can change your Chrome settings without you knowing. For your safety, the browser checks if your settings have been changed every time you launch Chrome. If Chrome notices that something’s not right in your settings, it will automatically go back to the original settings.

Settings that might automatically get reset:

  • Default search engine
  • Homepage
  • Startup pages
  • Pinned tabs
  • Extensions

Chrome will still reset your settings if you’re not signed in to Chrome. If you’re signed in to Chrome, you’ll still see your usual settings.

 

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