Reset Chrome browser settings

You can reset your browser settings in Chrome 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 Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  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 during a reset

The following settings will change back to the default:

  • Your default search engine will be changed back to Google. Learn how to set your default search engine.
  • Your homepage and tabs that first load when you open Chrome. Learn how to set your homepage and default startup tabs.
  • The page that opens when you open a new tab. Learn how to set the page that a new tab opens to.
  • Tabs you have pinned. Learn how to pin tabs.
  • Your content settings, like letting a site show you pop-ups or use your microphone. Learn how to change your content settings.
  • Cookies and site data, like items in an online shopping cart. Learn more about cookies and site data.
  • Extensions and themes. Learn more about extensions and themes.

Only the settings for the Chrome profile you're signed in to will be reset. Your new settings will be synced across all signed-in accounts in Chrome.

Troubleshoot reset problems

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.

Laura is a Google Chrome expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.

Was this article helpful?