Chrome is the new Pokeball, and that means it’s good at “cache’ing” it all. Bad jokes aside, Chrome does do an excellent job of storing all of your browsing history, as well as website files to help you load pages faster. If you’re privacy-minded, or you just want to clean up the amount of data on your system, you can remove the history and cache in Chrome by following a few simple steps.
How To Clear/Erase The Google Chrome Cache, AutoComplete And Browsing History
1. In Google Chrome Click the Wrench (Tool) icon and Options.
Note: On Windows, the shortcut key for clearing Chrome’s browser cache is CTRL+SHIFT+DEL which is also the same keyboard shortcut key as for Firefox.
Note: On Mac, Just Click Chrome in the file menu then Clear Private data.
2. In the Google Chrome Options window Click the Under the Hood tab. From this tab Click the Clear Browsing data button.
3. The Clear Browsing Data window should appear. You can pretty much leave nearly everything at default except for the time period, set to Last hour by default. Personally, when I want to clear the cache, I want to clear the ENTIRE history and cache. To do this Click the Clear data from this period: drop menu and Select Everything. When you’re ready, Click Clear browsing data to perform the wipe.
You’ll notice that this window allows you to clear out more than just the cache and history. In all you can:
- Clear out your browsing history
- Empty/Clear out the temporary internet file cache
- Clear out and Delete Chrome cookies and site data
- Clear form passwords
- Clear form username and other saved data (aka AutoComplete)
Now your Google Chrome cache and history should be purged! Google has followed Firefox’s example in making it easy to clear the cache and surprisingly the entire process looks like and works very similar.