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You have control over your browsing data. This information includes things like 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 dropdown 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 you want to remove.
  7. Tap Clear data.

Different types of data
  • Browsing history: Clearing your browsing history deletes the following:
    • Web addresses 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 you've downloaded using Google Chrome is cleared, but the actual files are not removed from your computer.
  • Cookies, site, and plug-in data:
  • Cached images and files: Browsers store parts of webpages to help them load faster during your next visit. Text and images from webpages you've visited in Google Chrome are removed.
  • Passwords: Records of passwords are deleted.
  • Autofill form data: All your Autofill entries and records of text you've entered on web forms are deleted.
  • Hosted app data: Data from the apps you’ve added to Chrome from the Chrome Web Store are erased, like the local storage used by Gmail Offline.
  • Content licenses: Prevents Flash Player from playing any previously viewed protected content, such as movies or music that you’ve purchased. It’s recommended to deauthorize content licenses before selling or donating your computer.

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 you visit can also register themselves as search engines and show your browsing history. To change or delete a search engine, manage search engines.

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, like 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, like microphone or location permissions, aren't deleted here. You can delete site 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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