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Chrome to get feature that quickly erases 15 minutes of browser data on Android

When the feature may come to Chrome for Android is uncertain.

Published onFebruary 3, 2023

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  • Google may be adding a new feature to Chrome for Android.
  • The feature will allow users to quickly delete 15 minutes of browser data.
  • It’s unclear when the feature would arrive.

It’s not uncommon to forget to open up an Incognito window when you’re browsing, especially when on your phone. When that happens, however, you have to go through the hassle of going into your history and either deleting things individually or picking from a selection of time increments — that starts at an hour — to get rid of that data. But Google could soon give you an easier option.

As discovered by Chrome Story, there appears to be a new flag in Chrome for Android that suggests Google is working on a new feature. The new feature is a “quick delete” option that would allow Android users to quickly erase 15 minutes of browser data.

The feature would be available from the overflow menu found where the three vertical dots are in the top right corner. It’s unclear if the data being wiped would simply be browser history or all account activity.

Google previously gave users the ability to purge 15 minutes of account data with just one tap back in 2021. It allowed the deletion of browsing history and other account activity without having to navigate through your settings. Google later gave the functionality to Android in the first few months of 2022. Now it looks like the feature could be making a comeback.

Although the feature was discovered, it’s unknown when Google would choose to debut it. This is just something where we’ll have to wait and see what the tech giant decides to do.

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