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Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browsing History At Exit

A few days back, I posted a guide for Firefox users to delete their browsing data at exit. If you use Google Chrome and want to make sure that there is no trace of the websites you visited — here’s how to delete everything when you close Chrome.

Open Google Chrome, click on Wrench menu and select Settings.

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Under Settings section, click on Show Advanced Settings.

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Find Privacy settings and click on the Content Settings button.

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Under Cookies, check the box that says, Clear Cookies and Other Site and Plugin Data When I Close My Browser. This action will delete the privacy data and your browsing history every time you exit your browser.

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However, there are specific websites that you will want to save in your browsing history, for example, Gmail, Facebook, or your own site. You can add those websites to the exceptions list. Click on Manage Exceptions button under Cookies settings.

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Add the URL of the website you will want to keep in your browsing history; select Allow from the dropdown menu and click OK.

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Now, whenever you close your browser, it will save the data and cookies for that particular website. Groovy!

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17 Responses to Automatically Delete Google Chrome Browsing History 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).

  6. Arcadian September 10, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Come on Man. This is not automatic! smh

  7. Anon October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    No longer works. Chrome doesn’t seem to provide this as an option anymore. You can use Click&Clean chrome extension to accomplish a deletion of browser history on exit.

  8. jp December 19, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Doesn’t work – tossa – why dont you ***** delete it you just wasted my time!

  9. Anon January 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Of course Google took that feature out. They DON’T WANT you to remove your history as they use this data for their ad targeting.

    • William October 9, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Actually, they use your cookies for ad targeting. Your cookies, you can actually still set to delete after each session.

  10. mike January 22, 2016 at 4:31 am #

    How to clear history, browsing HISTORY on exit?

  11. Bob February 24, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    The “clear cookies and other site…” box is no longer there in the latest version of Chrome (loaded 2016). Ugh, need to keep looking for a solution…

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

    use incognito ctrl+shift+N

  13. Jean M Mazza June 20, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Yes, the “Clear Cookies and Other Site and Plugin Data When I Close My Browser” option is not available. Maybe you should delete this “solution” and stop wasting people’s time?

  14. John June 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m stuck with Chrome (where I would MUCH rather use Firefox) because some “computer doctor” that I gave my computer to in order to get the cooling fan fixed also did something that caused every page to have a “this page is not secure” message (with no override possible). Bottom line: we need another non-profit to save our lives

  15. YO December 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I DON’T HAVE THAT OPTION “Clear Cookies and Other Site and Plugin Data When I Close My Browser.


  16. 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? 🙂

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