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Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browser Cookies at Exit


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.

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12 Responses to Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browser Cookies at Exit

  1. dave strong June 6, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Thanks I needed that!!

  2. google sucks July 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Um, it still doesn’t delete history though…

  3. StillWithFirefox July 16, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    The history still remains.

  4. TechPro57 August 8, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    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 August 20, 2012 at 6:46 am #

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

    • Steve Krause August 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

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

  6. Mustafizur Rahman March 28, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    use incognito ctrl+shift+N

  7. Bobby July 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

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

    • Steve Krause August 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

      Done – Article updated. Enjoy!

      • Bryna August 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

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

  8. Glenn Charles August 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    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 August 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

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

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