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Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browser Cookies at Exit

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The Google Chrome browser has a nice feature which automatically clears your websites cookies each time you close the app. Here’s how to enable it.

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Clearing your Google Chrome browser cache automatically when you close the app is a nice way to keep cookies and other tracking tokens under control. Although you can clear your Chrome cache and history manually, I often forget so this is a handy tip for keeping things nice and clean on both a Windows PC and a macOS.

  1. Click the More icon  > Settings
  2. Scroll down and click Advanced > Content Settings
  3. Click Cookies
  4. Click Toggle under Keep local data only until you quit your browser

Now, whenever you close your Google Chrome browser on your Windows or macOS, all cookies will be deleted automatically.


17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. dave strong  

    Thanks I needed that!!

  2. google sucks  

    Um, it still doesn’t delete history though…

  3. StillWithFirefox  

    The history still remains.

  4. TechPro57  

    The option is not even available for Chrome 21.0.1180.60 m (doesn’t seem to work anyway). This is unconscionable. Can’t automatically delete history on exit? So the answer is: use Firefox.

  5. Stan  

    This setting does not appear to be present in 21.0.1180.79 (Official Build 151411).

    • Hi Stan – I had to update the article. All fixed now but in a new location.

  6. Mustafizur Rahman  

    use incognito ctrl+shift+N

  7. Bobby  

    You can’t do this with the current version of Chrome. Could we please get an update? 🙂

    • Done – Article updated. Enjoy!

      • Bryna  

        Thank you for updating! Much easier than downloading a plugin to do this.

      • Bobby  

        Thanks for the update Steve. 😀

  8. So does Firefox, of course.However, it’s interesting to see cookies creep in from third party sites on IE when I’m using a software cleaning program [CCleaner, Ashampoo Winoptimizer (yes, it’s a good program and a good company despite the name), System Mechanic are the only 3 I’d trust implicitly; Spyware Search & Destroy has that in the professional edition but I’m as doubtful about that as are the professional reviewers. All three are good and never ever to be used at the same time. 8] That’s the kind of trick beta testers pull, not people who want to make sure they don’t have to restore their computer or worse.

    • *They creep in while I’m using Firefox, to clarify.

      • Dragon (IE-like) and Ice Dragon (Firefox-like; neither is a true clone) are actually preferable to their peers–free Comodo products. Don’t assume, however, they incorporate free VPNs. I do very much approve of iolo Privacy Guardian and Ashampoo Privacy Protector, which do clean history automatically. However, at this time, I prefer the Ashampoo one and not only because of price. I suspect I just lost my job as iolo beta tester…

  9. Tyrone  

    Only deletes cookie data, not all data on exit (like history, etc.)

  10. Tanvir  

    Dear Steve, thanks for the info and explanation. It works for the current session but when I re-start the Chrome, the option “Keep local data only until you quit your browser” is again turned off automatically. Similarly if I add ‘https://accounts.google.com’ to “Clear on exit”, it simply vanishes the next time I open Chrome.
    Why I was searching for this topic? I use a shared computer and if power goes off or internet is disconnected when I am logged into Gmail, the next time the PC is turned on and someone opens Gmail in Chrome: Chrome will open my account automatically. Please note that I have not saved my password for Gmail because it is a shared PC.
    Could you please have some suggestion?

    • Try Ashampoo Privacy Protector. I’m sure there is a trial or perhaps even a free version [@Shampoo on Twitter is a good place to check AND going to the ashampoo.com website and clicking on downloads, as well as check out sale prices; they have extremely good customer service and are actually eager to hear from customers.] Disclosure; I am a beta tester for them. Disclosure; I’m not a paid one.

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