How to Clear Autofill in Chrome

How to Clear Autofill in Chrome

Chrome will try to save form data that you regularly use, like addresses and passwords, for you. If you want to clear your saved data, follow this guide.

Chrome has several useful auto-filling features to help you out when you’re filling out forms or entries on a web browser. I use autofill to help fill out addresses when I’m purchasing things online, for instance. You might not like autofill, however, or you might have added information to it by mistake. If that’s the case, you can clear autofill in Chrome using the steps below.

How to Remove a Single Autofill Entry in Chrome

You don’t need to wipe all of your autofill entries from Chrome. If you only added or edited a single entry by mistake, you can go back and remove it.

To remove a single autofill entry, follow these steps.

  1. Open Chrome and select the three-dots menu button in the top-right.
  2. From the menu, hover over Passwords and autofill, then choose the type of autofill content you want to remove. For unprotected field content, like addresses, choose Addresses and more. For payment methods (like credit card details), choose Payment methods. For passwords, click Google Password Manager.
    Autofill options in Chrome
  3. To remove the entry in either the Address and more or Payment methods menus, select the three-dot menu icon next to the entry and select Delete.
    Deleting a single autofill entry in Chrome
  4. In the Google Password Manager menu, click on a password entry you want to remove—you may be asked to authenticate first.
    Selecting a saved password in Chrome
  5. To remove the password entry, click Delete.
    Deleting a password entry in Chrome

Once removed, the autofill entry won’t appear again in your web browser.

How to Clear All Autofill Entries in Chrome

Want to clear out all of the autofill entries you’ve collected as you’ve been using Chrome? A good way to do this is by clearing out all of your browsing data. When you clear your browser data, you can wipe away everything, including autofill entries for passwords, addresses, and more.

To clear all autofill entries in Chrome, follow these steps.

  1. Open Chrome, click the three-dot menu icon in the top-right, and select Clear browsing data.
    Clearing browsing data in Chrome
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Select All time from the Time range drop-down menu.
    Clearing all data from your Chrome browser
  4. Make sure to select the checkboxes next to the Passwords and other sign-in data and Auto-fill form data options. You may also want to select some of the other options to more comprehensively clear your data.
  5. When you’re ready, click Clear data to begin the process.
    Clearing password and autofill data in Chrome

Once you’ve wiped your history, Chrome will have removed your autofill entries along with any other browsing data that you selected.

How to Disable Autofill in Chrome

Autofill is a useful feature, but it also means relying on Google for your privacy. You can switch off all of Chrome’s auto-filling features via the Settings menu. To disable autofill in Chrome, follow these steps.

  1. In Chrome, select the three-dots menu icon in the top-right.
  2. Hover over Passwords and autofill and select Addresses and more.
    Open the Addresses and more autofill options menu in Chrome
  3. In the Addresses and more menu, click the slider next to the Save and fill addresses option, placing it in the Off position.Disabling Chrome address autofill options
  4. Next, select the three-dots menu icon > Passwords and autofill > Payment methods.
    Open the Payment methods autofill options menu in Chrome
  5. In the Payment methods menu, disable the Save and fill payment methods slider, placing it in the Off position.
    Disabling payment autofill options in Chrome
  6. There isn’t a setting to disable password autofill, but you can effectively switch it off by removing any saved passwords—click the three-dots menu icon > Passwords and autofill > Google Password Manager.
    Autofill options in Chrome
  7. Delete any saved password entries manually by clicking on them and choosing Delete.
    Deleting a password entry in Chrome

Once you’ve switched off these autofill options, Chrome will stop trying to collect the information for you to use. If you use a third-party password manager, Chrome will also defer to that tool to collect information instead—in effect, disabling the built-in functionality in the process.

Clearing Your Data from Chrome

Chrome can be greedy for your data, but you don’t have to let it stay that way. If you don’t want to use the functionality, you can use the steps above to clear autofill in Chrome. You can also switch it off entirely, making sure that your data won’t be saved accidentally.

There are other ways you can fill in data in Chrome, however. You can use a third-party password manager instead, giving you the same functionality without trusting Google with your most personal information.

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