Delete your cache, history and other browser data

You have control over your browsing data. This information includes things like your browsing and download history and saved form data. You can delete all your data or just some data from a specific period of time.

Delete all your browsing data

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu Chrome Menu.
  3. Click More tools > 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.

How to delete other info

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

  • Content Settings ...
  • Search engines
  • Extension data
  • Flash storage settings

Click below to find out how to delete each type of data, or to find out what data does not get deleted.

Content settings

Your content settings handle how websites can set cookies, use your location, use your camera and other things. Find out how to delete your content settings.

Search engines

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. 

Note that your search history stored on Google is not deleted when you delete your browsing history in Chrome. Manage your search history stored on Google at history.google.com.

Find out how to set your default search engine

Extensions
Extensions might store data on your computer or in your Google Account. Extensions are software that Chrome doesn’t own, so if you want to delete this data you need to uninstall the extension.
Flash storage settings
Flash storage settings can be deleted with the "Cookies and other site and plugin data" option in the Clear Browsing Data box.
Details about the data that gets deleted

The following information applies to Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.

  • Browsing history: Clearing your browsing history deletes the following:
    • Web addresses that you've visited from the History page
    • 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 parts of webpages to help them load faster during your next visit.
  • Passwords: Records of passwords are deleted. 
  • 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 licences: Prevents Flash Player from playing any previously viewed protected content, such as movies or music that you’ve purchased. It’s recommended to deauthorise content licences before selling or donating your computer.

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

Was this article helpful?