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How-To Delete Google Chrome Browsing History, Cache and Cookies

Chrome does an excellent job of storing your browsing history, cache and cookies to optimize the performance and usability of surfing the internet. That said, if you’re privacy-minded or just like to run a tight ship, clearing away old browser data is a good practice to do on a regular basis. Although Chrome allows you to automatically clear your cookies each time you close the browser, clearing your history and cache need to be done manually. Fortunately, the process is simple for Chrome on both Windows, Mac and mobile, but for those readers who’ve never done it before, simply follow the steps below.

How To Delete The Google Chrome Cache, AutoComplete, Browsing History and Cookies on Windows or macOS

In Google Chrome click the More icon  > Settings

Note: If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, here are the keys for Mac and Windows

  • Windows CTRL+SHIFT+DEL
  • macOS : shift+command+delete

Click Advanced > Clear Browsing Data

From the Clear browsing data menu, click the drop-down and select the time frame you want to nuke. You can also delete other browsing data as well including:

  • Delete Browsing history
  • Delete Download history
  • Delete Cached images and files
  • Delete Cookies and other site data
  • Delete saved Passwords
  • Delete Autofill form data
  • Delete hosted data
  • Delete Media licenses


Now your Google Chrome cache and history should be purged!  Google has followed Firefox’s example in making it easy to clear the cache and surprisingly the entire process looks like and works very similar.

Article last updated 8/15/2017. Originally published 6/1/2010. 

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11 Responses to How-To Delete Google Chrome Browsing History, Cache and Cookies

  1. :P:P June 2, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    Or, Ctrl+Shift+Delete. It will drive u straight to step 5.

    • grooveDexter June 2, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      great tip!
      forgot to mention that, article updated.

      • :P:P June 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

        ohh O.O am i dreaming or is it u ??!?!? O.O

        Anyways if u need a hand it’ll be a pleasure for me to serve u 🙂

        (am kind of Geeky 🙂 )

  2. :P:P June 2, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    or u can install this Extension
    that allows u to show the latest Cached media :

    • Steve Krause August 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

      Click&Clean is OK… but it sends data back to the developer of the extension. Personally, that’s not OK with me.

  3. jayasri April 27, 2011 at 4:13 am #


  4. Nathanael Durre July 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Ah, i see. Well that’s not too tcriky at all!”

  5. cherry October 22, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    well….this helps in maintaining my chrome in a better way…

  6. Larry A. Singleton September 29, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    How do you do this without having to sign in to everything again? When I clear history “from the beginning of time” I have to sign back in to all of my web pages. And where is the place where you can permanently put your address and email to fill in information?

    • Larry A. Singleton September 29, 2016 at 1:19 am #

      I forgot. How do I use shortcuts to delete the browsing history. That way I don’t have to use the “beginning of time” option and have to sign in again?

    • Steve Krause August 15, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Just uncheck the Cookies box. This will allow you to clear your history, cache etc… without blowing away your cookies which is what allows you to stay logged into sites.

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