Clean Up Your Phone By Deleting Your Android Web Browser’s Cookies, Cache

your Android phone is constantly online, and your web browser in particular collects data from all the different websites you visit. Much of this data builds up in your web browser app – whether you use Google Chrome, Firefox or Samsung Internet – it is stored as part of the cookies and caches in these apps. This data can be helpful for websites that you visit regularly, so that they load faster with your accounts already logged in.

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While data for the websites you visit regularly is certainly convenient, the cache and cookies are also where data from websites you visit as a one-off along with random data trackers also build up. Some of the cookies in particular can track your browsing history, and it could help serve personalized ads based on your web history. For example, the way you finally see an ad for a product you may have looked at briefly on a shopping website.

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That’s why it’s good to clear your cache every so often. In this way, you can remove data that you simply do not need on your phone, especially if it is a data tracker that you are not even aware is part of your mobile cookies. This will lead to a small convenience to log back into some of your favorite websites, but it is a small price to make sure that your phone is not stocked with external data.

The steps differ slightly depending on the type of phone and the web browser app you use, so below we will go over how to clear this data for the Google Chrome browser (often the default for many Android phones such as the Google Pixel Line), Samsung Internet Browser (often the default on the Galaxy phone series) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide clear your cache on an iPhone web browser in case you also have some Apple devices to clean.

The “Clear Browsing Data” menu in Chrome on Android.

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Google Chrome

You can delete your cookies and cache from the Android version of Google Chrome by first clicking on More buttons in the upper right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then click Historythen Clear consultation data. You can also access this from Chrome Settings menu, tap Privacy and security and then Clear consultation data.

Chrome also offers base in the Advanced Settings for your delete Consultation history, Cookies and Site Data in the Cache images and files. You can the Time range drop-down to choose whether you want to delete the entire history or a selection from anywhere from the last 24 hours to the last four weeks. typing Advanced also gives you access to delete Saved passwords, Autofill form data in the Site settings. After choosing what you want to delete, tap on the blue one Clear data button. You may get an additional prompt in case Chrome considers certain websites to be “important” to you, and if so, you’ll get a chance to confirm before deleting. Otherwise, if you don’t get this prompt, Chrome will immediately proceed to delete as you specified.

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Samsung Internet

The “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” options for Samsung Internet.

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There are two different ways you can clear your Samsung internet browser cache and cookie data. You can delete from the browser itself, or you can go through your phone’s settings app.

To delete while in the Samsung Internet Browser app, first tap the Options button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Settings; scroll down to type Personal datathen type Delete consultation data to remove a menu of options. You can do yours Consultation history, Cookies and Site Data, Cache images and files, Passwords in the Autofill forms in any combination. After typing Delete datayou will then be asked to confirm your choice before being deleted.

Going through the browser app itself offers the most customization of what you want to delete. However, if you want to access similar options from your phone’s settings menu, open the Settings App and click on Appsthen scroll down to and tap Samsung Internet and then storage.

At the end of the save you get separate options for Clear cache in the Clear data. typing Clear cache will immediately clear the cache, but Clear data will bring up a prompt warning you that all data from the application will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts and databases. Although it does not specify cookies, this “going nuclear” approach should zap all remaining data, so you can restart the Samsung Internet browser as if it were brand new.

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Mozilla Firefox

Much like with Google Chrome, you can clear the cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, tap More button on the right side of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then type Settings and scroll down to Delete consultation data.

The “Clear browsing data” menu in Mozilla Firefox on Android.

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Of the three browsers we’ll discuss here, Firefox gives you the most options among the Delete consultation data menu, also allows you to delete all existing ones Open tabsyour Consultation history and site data, Site permissions and even yours Downloads folder next to Cookies in the Cache images and files.

Although you can’t choose a time range like you can for Chrome, you can be more specific about what kind of data you want to delete.

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And Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’ve finished using the app. Inside of settings is a Delete browsing data on exit Option that instructs Firefox to wipe any combination of the same settings every time you quit the application. It’s a useful feature if you want to keep the browser tidy and, say, avoid accidentally giving away your browsing history to someone who might steal or otherwise gain access to your phone.

For more, check out everything you need to know Google’s new operating system, Android 13among them how to download the beta. Also take a look at CNET’s list of best android apps and some Settings you want to change on your current phone.

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