How to clear your web search history and data in Chrome (Android)

How to clear your web search history and data in Chrome (Android)
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

Whether you’re browsing the web on your Android device a lot, or just occasionally, at times you may want to clear your data and/or web search history. In case you’re new to Android and haven’t done this until now, we’re going to show you just how easy it is to delete your web search history, and - if you want - all your browsing data.

First of all, you’ll obviously have to open up Chrome on your Android phone (or tablet). Next, tap on the menu button (comprised of three vertical dots) that’s found in the upper right corner of Chrome. A drop-down menu, with various options, will now open - search for "History" and tap on it. Once here, you’ll see a list of all the websites that you’ve visited (you can delete individual websites from your browsing history by tapping on the X that appears on their right). At the bottom of that list, a “Clear Browsing Data” button is waiting for you - this, of course, is what you need to select. Next, a new window will pop up, allowing you to choose exactly what data you want to clear: browsing history, cache, cookies & site data, saved passwords, and autofill data. When you've decided on what to delete, tap on "Clear" - and that’s it, your Chrome browser is now as good as new!

P.S.: This quick tutorial was done on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but the steps are similar on other Android versions.

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7 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This just clears the local history on the smartphone. Does nothing to clear whatever tracking has been done by your carrier (or others…).

2. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

yeah but your mum is rather unlikely to find out which sites you've been...uh "researching" if you delete the history :D

3. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Unfortunately it takes a rather long time to clear history and cache on Chrome depending on how long you've been browsing for. The stock browser on my HTC One gets rid of things instantly, which is most likely the same as other stock Android browsers.

4. adriatic

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

In Xperia V it is possible to visit previously pages by pressing back arrow, even after deleting history, not just in Chrome, but in Opera and built in browser, too.

7. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You also need to close the tab. Then its gone

5. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Another solution - Get a seperate lite browser for your "research" purposes only, Opera mini is pretty good.

6. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

browser Only Chrome and Good

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