Delete your cache, history, and other browser data

You have control over your browsing data. This data includes things like your browsing and download history and saved form data. Use the "Clear browsing data" dialogue to delete all your data or just a portion of your data, collected during a specific period of time.

Delete all your data

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select More tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialogue that appears, select the tickboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

Delete specific items from your browsing data

Instead of deleting entire categories of your browsing data, you can pick specific items to delete. Click these links to see more instructions.

Details about the data that gets deleted

The following information is associated with each type of browsing data and applies to Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.

  • Browsing history: Clearing your browsing history specifically deletes the following:
    • Web addresses you've visited from the History page
    • Cached text of those pages
    • Snapshots of those pages for images that appear on the New Tab page
    • Any IP addresses pre-fetched from those pages
  • Download history: The list of files that you've downloaded using Google Chrome is cleared, but the actual files are not removed from your computer.
  • Cookies, site and plug-in data:
  • Cache: Text of web pages that you've visited in Google Chrome is removed from your computer. Browsers store elements of web pages to speed up the loading of the web page during your next visit.
  • Passwords: Records of usernames and passwords are deleted. If you're using a Mac, your password records are deleted from Keychain Access.
  • Form data: All your Autofill entries and records of text that you've entered on web forms are deleted.
  • Clear data from hosted apps: Data from the apps that you've added to Chrome from the Chrome Web Store will be erased, such as the local storage used by Gmail Offline.
  • Deauthorise content licenses: This will prevent Flash Player from playing any previously viewed protected content, such as films or music that you’ve purchased. It’s recommended to deauthorise content licences before selling or donating your computer.

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