Internet Security

How to Delete Your Google Chrome History

Dan Price 01-12-2017

Do you wish you could wipe your Google Chrome search history and start with a clean slate? Luckily, it’s both possible and easy to do! There are a few benefits to deleting your search history.


First and foremost is privacy. Of course, Google will still have all your search history on file, but it’ll stop prying family members from seeing what you have been looking at.

Second, it’ll stop your browser from autocompleting websites you’ve previously visited Search Your Browser History Even After It's Been Cleared This nifty browser extension stores your browser history on the cloud so you can still search it even after you've cleared your browser. Read More and search terms you’ve previously looked for. If you’ve recently changed employer or moved to a new city, it might be useful. So, how do you delete your Google Chrome history?

How to Delete Your Google Chrome History

How to Delete Your Google Chrome History google delete history

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the More icon (three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Navigate to History > History.
  4. In the left-hand panel, select Clear browsing data.
  5. Mark the checkbox next to Browsing data.
  6. Select the timeframe using the dropdown menu at the top of the window.
  7. Click on the Clear Browsing Data button.

Note: You will not receive a final on-screen confirmation screen, and nor can you undo an accidental deletion. The process is final.

Do you regularly clear out your Google Chrome history or are you happy to let the browser build up a profile about you? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


Related topics: Browsing History, Computer Privacy, Google, Online Privacy.

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  1. Julian
    December 3, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Or do it the easy way... download History Eraser (free) from the Chrome Web Store.

    There's a version for Firefox as well, only by a different name.

  2. Sergio Ruelas
    December 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    7 Reasons Why *Most VPNs will die out by 2020. There are a few VPNs that have none of these problems, and I really mean none. Not to mention advancements in encryption and technology.

  3. David Martchouk
    December 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Step 5 should be "Mark the checkbox next to Browsing history", even your screenshot shows that.

  4. Danny Mascerhanes
    December 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I regularly clear Chrome history, as I don't trust Google of handling privacy seriously and finding ways to gain more data the users. This is also the reason, why I dumped Chrome in favor of Firefox browser.

    • Abercrombie
      December 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Smart move. Now Mozilla will control your data and sell it. How do you think Mozilla, Google, etc. make money? By giving away freebies?

      • Willis
        February 16, 2019 at 4:13 am

        I smoke a joint or so and I forget what I'm looking for