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Google Chrome is an excellent internet browser, alongside Mozilla Firefox, Edge or Opera. It’s available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android. Many users are now using Google Chrome on their computers, as well as smartphones and tablets.
However, after a while of using Google Chrome, your computer or device might run slower and sometimes, it does not respond to your action. This issue happens because there are too many cached files and cookies which belong to your browser that store on your computer or device.
In this situation, you have to clear these cached files, as well as clear cookies and browsing history on your Chrome browser.
Basically, cached files are “temporary & unnecessary” files (CSS, images, videos and so on), which store on your computer in purpose to load websites faster. Every time you visit a website, more files will be stored on your computer, in the temporary folder. Over time, this folder will grow up and take a lot of your storage space. So, removing cached files of your Google Chrome browser will help you to speed up your browser, prevent the browser from run slower or lag, as well as give you more free space to install other apps. Removing cached files will also help to solve a few errors on your browser, such as Dns_Probe_Finished_Nxdomain, Err_Connection_Refused, or Err_Name_Not_Resolved.
Similarly, cookies are files that store specific information of specific websites. For example, when you sign up an account at PCGuide.Online, a PC guides and tutorials dedicated forum. And then sign in, choose to remember your session until you sign out, then your basic information such as username, how long you will be active there, as well as a few basic website’s settings will be saved as cookies. If you want to learn more about what cookie is, read this article from Mozilla.org.
How To Clear Google Chrome Cookies And Cached Files
When you visit a website, the Google Chrome browser will load and pre-store some files such as CSS, images, and videos, in purpose to load that website faster in the next time. But your computer or device might run very slow in case of keeping so many cached files. You should clean up these files regularly.
Clear Cached Files, Cookies And Browser History In Desktop Version
In order to clean up these data, go to the top-right corner of your Google Chrome browser, and then click on “Menu” button.
Next, select “More tools“, and then select “Clear browsing data…“.
A “Clear browsing data” window will be opened, which allows you to select which data you want to remove. Also, you can select time ranges you want to remove, such as the past hour, past day, past week or the beginning of time.
You can also access this feature in Google Chrome by:
- Copying chrome://settings/clearBrowserData and then paste it into the address bar and then press Enter.
- Or just simply press Ctrl + Shift + Del
Once you have selected the data that you want to remove, click on the “Clear browsing data” button. That’s it!
Clear Cached Files, Cookies And Browser History In Mobile Version
It’s a bit different between the desktop version and mobile version. That is you can’t use chrome://settings/clearBrowserData to access the same feature like in desktop version, and there is no Ctrl, Shift or Del key to press.
However, you can access the “Clear Browsing Data” feature by clicking the “three dots” icon at the top-right of your mobile device, choose Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data.[right-related slug=”backup-and-restore-entire-google-chrome-settings”]
At there, you will be able to choose what you want to clean up and then hit the “Clear Browsing Data” button. That’s it!
Apart from cookies, cached files and browsing history, you can clean up saved passwords and autofill data. However, I would not suggest you clear these data on your Google Chrome browser because they are essential information. You will not be able to undo your action.
I hope this article will help you understand more about Google Chrome and how to remove cached files, cookies, as well as browsing history and other data.