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How to delete cookies and clear cache on Chrome

Unfortunately, you can't get rid of these cookies by eating them.
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July 18, 2022
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When you use a web browser such as Chrome, the websites you visit create files called cookies. These cookies save and track your browsing data but can pile up and slow down site loading times. That’s why it’s good to delete them regularly, and unlike the cookie jars we all enjoy sneaking into, emptying these caches won’t add extra pounds. Here’s how to delete cookies and clear cache on Chrome.

Read more: How to clear cookies on a computer

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To delete cookies and clear cache on Chrome, go to Settings–>Privacy–>Clear browsing data. Choose a time frame and select Clear.


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How to clear cache and cookies on your Chrome browser

Cookies are automatic and provide benefits, such as keeping you signed in, remembering your site preferences, and giving you locally relevant content. So remember that removing cookies might forget your passwords and delete your saved preferences.

The cache remembers parts of pages, like images, to help them open faster during your next visit. To clear the cache, click More at the top right of the browser, then More tools–> Clear browsing data.

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Choose a time range to delete, and check the boxes for Cached images and files and Cookies and other site data.

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Last of all, click Clear data. It’s also worth knowing how to delete browsing history from Chrome.

To delete cookies, first open Chrome on your computer. At the top right, click More–>Settings. Select Security and Privacy from the left-hand side and Cookies and other site data.

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Scroll down and click See all site data and permissions.

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From the following page, click Clear all data. Google will ask you to confirm one more time by clicking Clear.

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Click the trash can icon beside the website address to clear cookies from a specific site. Additionally, you can specify sites that are always or never allowed to use cookies at the bottom of the page.

Change your cookie settings

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It’s a good idea to take the time to manage your cookies settings so you are comfortable with the amount of information Google is collecting. Eventually, cookies on Chrome will be replaced with Google’s FLoC protocol, but for now, you control which cookies to allow and which to block. Note that some sites that require you to sign in won’t work if you don’t allow cookies.

Third-party cookies are created by sites other than the ones you visit. However, these sites own some of the content you may see, such as ads or images. If you only want sites you visit tracking you, it’s good to block third-party cookies.

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Additionally, you can tell Chrome to clear all cookies and site data when you close a window, to save you the trouble of manually doing it every time you’re finished with the browser.

You can also send a request to websites not to collect or track your browsing data. However, this request can easily go ignored, with many websites still collecting and using your browsing data. But it’s still worth sending since some web services will respect your Do Not Track request and change their behavior accordingly.

Lastly, you can decide if you want Chrome to preload pages it anticipates you visiting for a faster browsing experience. Again, this is generally harmless, assuming Google upholds its claim not to share your identity.

How to clear cache and cookies on Chrome (Android)

Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet. At the top right, tap More–> History.

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From there, tap Clear browsing data.

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At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time. Check the boxes next to Cookies, site data, and Cached images and files.

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Lastly, tap Clear data at the bottom.

If you have a Samsung device, see our guide for the complete method of removing cookies and cache.

How to clear cache and cookies on Chrome (iPhone)

Open the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad. At the bottom right, tap More–>Settings.

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Tap Privacy–>Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the screen.

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Check the box beside Cookies, Site Data. Uncheck the other items.

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Lastly, Tap Clear Browsing Data–>Done.


Read more: How to clear the cache in any browser on any platform

FAQs

Clearing your cookies and cache regularity is good hygiene for your computer to keep your machine clean. You should clear cookies every few months or so.

After you clear cache:

  • Some settings on sites get deleted. For example, if you were signed in, you’ll need to sign in again.
  • Some sites can seem slower because content such as images needs to load again.
  • If you’re signed into Chrome, you’ll stay signed in on Google’s websites.

When you delete cookies, you erase information saved in your browser, including your account passwords, website preferences, and pages visited. Deleting your cookies can be helpful to improve performance speed and keep your browsing history private if you share a device with other people.

Yes. Within the Chrome browser, navigate to Settings–> Advanced Settings–> Content settings–> Cookies–> See all cookies and site data. From there, you can search for site-specific cookies to delete.