Whether you are a† or another , your browser collects and stores data every time you browse the web. This data makes up your cookies and cache, and it can often be useful. It keeps you logged in to your accounts and loads frequently visited sites faster, for example.
But this data eventually accumulates, takes up space on your phone, and probably also contains cookies that dowith the intention of showing personalized advertisements. (I saw ads for glasses after that to compare prices and styles, as well as for TV shows related to my YouTube searches.)
It doesn’t hurt to clear this data every now and then to keep your web browser lean and efficient and, ideally, store as few tracking cookies as possible.
On Android, the steps differ slightly depending on the type of phone and web browser app you’re using, so below we’ll go over how to clear this data in Google’s Chrome (often the default for many Android phones likeline), Samsung’s Internet browser (often on by default) ) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to: in case you also have a few Apple devices to clean up.
You can delete your cookies and cache from the Android version of Google Chrome by first clicking the . to tap More button in the top right corner of the browser, indicated by a column with three dots, then tap Historythan Delete browsing history† You can also open this from Chrome Settings menu, tap Privacy and Security and then Delete browsing history†
Chrome also offers Base and Advanced settings for erasing your Browsing history† Cookies and Site Data and Cached images and files† You can use the Time frame drop-down list to select whether to delete the entire history or a selection from the past 24 hours to the past four weeks. To tap Advanced also gives you access to delete Saved passwords† Autofill form data and Site Settings† After you’ve selected what you want to delete, tap the blue clear data button, and it will then be removed without any other prompt, so make sure you zap exactly what you want to zap.
There are two different ways that you can clear the cache and cookie data of your Samsung Internet browser. You can clear from the browser itself, or you can go through your phone’s Settings app.
To clear in the Samsung web browser app, first tap the Options button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Settingsscroll down to and tap Personal informationand then tap Delete browsing data to get a menu of options to delete. you can your Browsing history† Cookies and Site Data† Cached images and files† Passwords and Autofill forms in any combination. After tapping Delete datayou will then receive a prompt asking you to confirm your choices before deleting them.
Going through the browser app itself provides the most customization of what you want to remove. However, to access similar options from your phone’s settings menu, open the Settings app and tap appsscroll down to and tap Samsung Internet and then Storage†
At the bottom of Storage you get separate options to: Clear cache and clear data† To tap Clear cache will delete the cache immediately, but clear data displays a prompt warning you that all application data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. While it doesn’t specify cookies, this “going nuclear” approach should zap any remaining data so you can restart the Samsung Internet browser as if it were brand new.
Similar to Google Chrome, you can clear the cookies and cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this feature, tap the More knob on the right side of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then tap Settings and scroll down to Delete browsing data†
Of the three browsers we discuss here, Firefox gives you the most options under the Delete browsing data menu, so you can also use existing Open tabsyour Browsing history and site data† Site permissions and even your Downloads folder next door Cookies and Cached images and files†
While you can’t choose a time range for Chrome, you can be more specific about the type of data you want to delete.
And Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’re done using the app. Inside Settings is a Delete browsing data on exit option, which instructs Firefox to clear any combination of the same settings each time you exit the application. It’s a useful feature if you want to keep the browser tidy and, for example, prevent you from accidentally giving your browsing history to someone who stole your phone or otherwise gained access.
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How often do you clear your browser’s cache and cookies? And do you have a favorite Android browser that should be added to this Tech Tip? Tell us in the comments.