How to clear your browsing history on Google Chrome, either all at once or site-by-site

There are two easy ways to clear your history in Google Chrome.

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There are two easy ways to clear your history in Google Chrome.
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  • To clear your history in Google Chrome, you’ll need to head to the dedicated “History” menu on your desktop or mobile app.
  • You can clear your history from the last hour, day, week, month, or since you installed Chrome.
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Like other browsers, Google Chrome tracks your history – but you can easily clear that history.

You can clear your browsing history in Google Chrome in just a few simple steps by accessing the “History” menu. You can choose to delete your history from the last hour, day, week, or month. You can also clear all of your history since you started using Google Chrome.

Additionally, you can choose to only delete specific bits of your browsing history, instead of everything in a time range.

The process behind clearing your history looks similar whether you’re on your desktop or phone.

Here’s how to do both.

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How to clear your history in Google Chrome on desktop

1. Open Chrome on your Mac or PC.

2. From any webpage, click the three circles in the top-right corner. This button is found next to your circular profile picture.

3. Hover over “History” to reveal a second dropdown menu.

4. Click “History” above the list of your recent visits.

Open your history.

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Open your history.
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5. Click “Clear browsing data” to delete your history.

You also have the option to individually select web pages by clicking the checkbox next to each address. Checking a box will reveal the option to delete it at the top of the page.

There are two ways to clear your history on this page.

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There are two ways to clear your history on this page.
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6. Clicking “Clear browsing data” will open a pop-up with options for clearing your browsing history. Check or uncheck the boxes as you wish to clear your history, cookies and other site data, and cached files.

7. Click the arrow next to the “Time range” option at the top to reveal a drop-down menu. Pick your time range, anywhere between the “Last hour” and “All time.”

8. Click the blue “Clear data” option when you’re ready to complete the process.

Choose your time range, and what you'd like to delete.

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Choose your time range, and what you’d like to delete.
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Depending on how much data you’re clearing, your browser may pause for a moment to delete everything.

How to clear your history in Google Chrome in the mobile app

1. Open the Chrome app on your iPhone or Android.

2. Tap the three dots at the bottom-right corner of the screen, followed by “History.”

3. Your browsing history will appear as a list. Tap “Edit” to select individual items or tap “Clear Browsing Data…” to erase your entire history.

You can clear your entire history at once with the

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You can clear your entire history at once with the “Clear Browsing Data…” button.
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4. This will bring you to a page with options for clearing your browsing history. Check or uncheck the items as you wish to clear your history, cookies and other site data, and cached files.

5. Tap the arrow next to the “Time range” option at the top and select how much history you’d like to erase.

Choose your deletion settings.

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Choose your deletion settings.
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6. Tap “Back” in the upper-left corner to return to the main page after setting your options.

7. Tap the red “Clear Browsing Data” button at the bottom to complete the process.

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