Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browser Cookies at Exit


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.

Clearing your Google Chrome browser cookies automatically when you close or exit Chrome is a nice way to keep cookies and other tracking tokens under control. Although you still have to clear your Chrome cache and history manually, for me, cookies are what should be nuked regularly. So, since I forget to do this regularly, follow along as I demonstrate how to configure Google Chrome to wipe cookies on your PC and macOS each time you close the browser automatically.

  1. Click the More icon  > Settings 

  2. Scroll down and click Privacy and security > Cookies and other site data 


  3. Toggle the setting Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chromegoogle-chrome-clear-cookies-when-closed-quit-browser-setting

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



  1. dave strong

    Thanks I needed that!!

  2. google sucks

    Um, it still doesn’t delete history though…

    • Steve Krause

      Correct. The tip only demonstrates how to wipe Cookies automatically.

      • Nick G

        The title of your article is misleading. Cookies are not the same as history.

  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.

    • JC

      You can go into your Google account and set the settings to not save web and account activity. Then you’d be good. Also I may be incorrect but I don’t think ” inconscionable” is a word. Inconceivable yes, incoherent possibly, but inconvenient definitely.

  5. Stan

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

    • Steve Krause

      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? :)

    • Steve Krause

      Done – Article updated. Enjoy!

      • Bryna

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

      • Bobby

        Thanks for the update Steve. :D

  8. Glenn Charles

    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.

    • Glenn Charles

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

      • Glenn Charles

        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 ‘’ 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?

    • Glenn Charles

      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 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.

  11. Ryan

    I don’t get it, nothing is updated. There isn’t even a ‘content setting’ in the most up to date build of Chrome and there still isn’t any info on hot to do it properly here. How do we make Chrome delete all browser history on exit? That’s what I’m dying to know.

  12. ben

    i dont have content settings under where its shown

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