Every time you surf the internet on your own, Your browser collects data and stores it in cookies and cache. This makes browsing easier in many ways: for example, it allows you to stay logged in to your accounts and speeds up the loading of frequently visited sites.
But this data eventually accumulates, taking up space on your phone, and it also likely contains the cookies that they arewith the intention of serving you personalized advertising. (Then I saw the ads for glasses to compare prices and styles as well as TV shows related to my YouTube searches).
It doesn’t hurt to clear this data from time to time to keep your internet browser running smoothly and ideally to keep as few tracking cookies as possible.
On Android, the steps vary a bit depending on the type of phone and web browser you’re using, so below we’ll cover how to clear this data in Google Chrome (often the default for many Android phones such asline), Samsung web browser (often enabled by default ) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to do this in case you also have a few Apple devices to clean up.
You can delete cookies and cache from the Android version of Google Chrome by tapping first More button in the top-right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, and then tap Historynext Clear browsing data. You can also access it from Chrome Settings menu, tapping Privacy and security and then Clear browsing data.
Chrome also offers Basic and Advanced settings to clear yours Browsing history, Cookies and site data and Cached images and files. You can use Time range the drop-down to select if you want to delete all history or the selected place from the last 24 hours to the last four weeks. Tapping Advanced it will also give you access to delete Saved passwords, Autocomplete form data and Page settings. Once you’ve selected what you want to delete, tap blue Clear data button and then it will be removed without any other prompts, so make sure you zapping exactly what you want.
There are two different ways to clear Samsung internet browser cache and cookie data. You can wipe from the browser itself, or you can go through the Phone Settings app.
To clear in the Samsung web browser application, first tap the button Option button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Settingsscroll down and tap Personal informationand then tap Delete browsing data for a menu of options to delete. You can clean yours Browsing history, Cookies and site data, Cached images and files, Passwords and Autocomplete forms in any combination. When touched Delete the datayou will be prompted to confirm your selection before deleting.
Going through the browser app itself provides the greatest customization of what you want to remove. However, if you want to access similar options from your phone’s settings menu, open Settings the app and tap Appsand then scroll down and tap Samsung Internet and then Storage.
There are separate options at the bottom of the magazine to Clear cache and Clear data. Tapping Clear cache it will immediately delete the cache but Clear data displays a prompt that warns that all application data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. While it doesn’t specify cookies, this “nuclear” approach should wipe out all remaining data, allowing you to restart your Samsung web browser as if it were brand new.
As with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from within the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this feature, tap the button More button on the right side of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically oriented dots. Then tap Settings and scroll down to Delete browsing data.
Of the three browsers we cover here, Firefox offers the most options for Delete browsing data menu, which also allows you to remove any existing ones Open the cardsyour Browsing history and site data, Site permissions and even yours Files to download folder next to it Cookies and Cached images and files.
While you can’t select a time span like you did with Chrome, you can specify in more detail what type of data you want to delete.
And Firefox has an added option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’re finished using the app. Inside Settings is located Delete browsing data after close an option that tells Firefox to clear any combination of the same settings every time you close the application. This is a handy feature if you want to keep your browser tidy and, say, avoid accidentally passing your browser history to someone who may have stolen or otherwise accessed your phone.
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