Learn how to delete history on Chrome using this easy step-by-step guide. Google Chrome is a useful web browser. However, it keeps a record of the websites you visit on all your devices unless you’re using incognito mode.
This can be helpful – for instance, you can begin searching for something on your computer and pick up where you left off on your phone. But there are situations when you might just want to erase this browsing history. No matter the reason, let’s explore how you can delete your browsing history in Google Chrome.
How to Delete your Chrome History: On Android
This is a simple way to delete your history on Chrome if you use an Android device:
- Open Google Chrome and tap the “⠇” button at the top-right corner of the screen.
- From the menu that appears, tap “History.”
- In the “History” section, locate and select the option that says, “Clear browsing data.”
- Inside the “Clear browsing data” section, you can tidy up your browsing history and more. You can decide how far back you want to go when clearing data: options include the Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, Last 4 weeks, or All time.
- Under the “Basic” tab at the top, you have three choices:
- Browsing History: This removes history from all devices where you’re signed in.
- Cookies and site data: This logs you out of most sites but won’t sign you out of your Google Account.
- Cached images and files: This clears your Chrome cache, freeing up space, but some sites might load slower on your next visit.
- Under the “Advanced” tab, there are three more options you can choose to clear:
- Saved passwords.
- Auto-fill form data.
- Site settings.
- To clear any of these, simply put a checkmark next to them. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove, press the “Clear data” button in the lower-right corner.
These steps will help you manage your browsing history and data in Google Chrome.
How to delete your Chrome history on iPhone
Clearing your browsing history in Google Chrome on iOS is straightforward. Follow these steps:
- Tap the ᐧᐧᐧ button located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- In the menu that appears, choose “History.”
- Inside the “History” tab, you’ll see a “Clear Browsing Data” button at the bottom-left corner. Tap this button.
- Now, you’ll need to fill out the “Clear Browsing Data” screen. Select the time range for which you want to delete your browsing history: options include Last Hour, Last 24 Hours, Last 7 Days, Last 4 Weeks, or All Time.
- Once you’ve picked a time range, select what you’d like to clear within that time frame. Your options include:
- Browsing History.
- Cookies and Site Data.
- Cached Images and Files.
- Saved Passwords.
- Autofill Data.
- After you’ve made your selections, tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button at the very bottom. You’ll get one more chance to cancel after pressing this; tap “Clear Browsing Data” once more to complete the process and clear your chosen data.
By following these steps, you can easily manage and delete your browsing history in Google Chrome on your iOS device.
How to Delete Google Chrome History on Desktop
- Open Google Chrome on your computer and click the ⠇ button at the top-right corner, next to your profile picture.
- From the dropdown, go to “History.” You can also use shortcuts:
– PC: Press Ctrl + H
– Mac: Press ⌘ Command + Y
- In the History section, click “Clear browsing data” on the left side.
- Now, you’ll see the “Clear browsing data” screen. Choose the Time range you want to delete history for Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, Last 4 weeks, or All time.
- Select what you want to clear:
- Basic tab: Browsing history, Cookies, and site data, Cached images, and files.
- Advanced tab: Passwords and sign-in data, Autofill form data, Site settings, Hosted app data.
- Make sure to check at least “Browsing history” as your main goal is to clear your browsing history.
And that’s it.
Can my deleted history be recovered?
Yes, you can. Here’s how:
- Open your Google Account.
- Click on the “Data and privacy” tab on the left.
- Scroll down to “History settings” and choose “My Activity.”
- This is where you can view all your web activity.
Is it possible to clear history automatically on a schedule?
Chrome doesn’t offer a built-in feature to schedule automatic history clearing. You might need to use third-party extensions or software to achieve this.
Does clearing browsing history affect website data or logins?
Clearing browsing history might log you out of some websites, particularly if they rely on cookies to keep you logged in. Saved passwords and auto-fill data might also be removed if you choose to clear them.
What is the difference between clearing cache and clearing browsing history?
Clearing cache removes temporarily stored data (like images and files) that help websites load faster. Clearing browsing history removes a record of websites you’ve visited. Clearing both can improve privacy and performance.
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