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How to Delete Your Browsing History on Chrome

by Justin Herrick | September 29, 2018September 29, 2018 1:30 pm PDT

Browse the web? We all do it, and chances are you’ve visited a webpage that should be kept secret. Even if you’re the purest individual on the planet, there are still many reasons why you want to delete history. Chrome, which Google released a decade ago, makes it extremely simple to forget about the past.

Time to get your history cleared. Check out the steps below.

How to delete your history on Chrome

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From anywhere on Chrome, select the three-dot icon in the top right and choose ‘History’ in the drop-down menu

The extended sub-menu will give a brief overview of recently closed pages across all devices

Select ‘History’ again in the sub-menu; alternatively, you can use Windows or macOS functions to jump directly into Chrome’s History rundown

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If what you’re trying to delete is more recent, mark the checkboxes and select ‘Delete’ to remove it

You’ll need to choose ‘Clear browsing data’ on the left side to dispose of any history in large batches

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The pop-up menu will offer various options — time range, browsing history, cookies, and cached images and files

Decide what you’d like deleted from Chrome and from how far back

As for the ‘Advanced’ tab, it has additional data like download history, passwords, and more

Finish the job by hitting the ‘Clear data’ button

On a mobile device, the steps aren’t any different. Jump into the Chrome app’s settings, choose ‘Privacy’, and then you’ll see ‘Clear browsing data’ at the bottom. The options are identical to Chrome on a computer.

Now you’ve put that browsing data in the rearview mirror. While your visit was still tracked, Chrome won’t hang on to the past. It’ll be a clean slate for you unless you’ve deleted only a limited portion of the history. Still, you completed what you set to out to do. Keep these steps in mind whenever there’s a website that you regret landing on or simply want to forget about.

Chrome awaits, so don’t be shy to continue using the web browser widely regarded as the best around. It’s the most popular in the world, anyway.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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