Clear your cookies and cache Android phoneA web browser can get rid of a lot of redundant data that may have accumulated over the course of visiting many different websites. Whether your phone uses Google Chrome, Firefox or Samsung Internet, your browser collects and stores data every time you surf the web. This information makes up your cookies and cache and helps your phone quickly sign in to your accounts and load frequently visited sites.

But that data eventually accumulates, taking up space on your phone, while likely including cookies that are tracking your browsing history with the intention of providing personalized advertising. (Then I see ads for glasses visiting several online stores to compare prices and styles as well as cruise vacations after looking at several possible getaways.)

It won’t hurt to clear this data from time to time to keep your web browser simple, running efficiently, and ideally storing 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 look at how to clear this data for the Google Chrome browser (often the default on many Android phones, such as Google Pixel line), Samsung’s internet browser (often default to the Galaxy series of phones) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to clear iPhone web browser cache in case you also have several Apple devices to clear.

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 tapping More button in the upper right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then tap Historythen Clear browsing data. You can also access this from Chrome Settings menu touch Privacy and security and then Clear browsing data.

Chrome also offers Basic and Expanded settings to clear your Browsing history, Cookies and Site Data and Cached images and files. You can use Time interval drop-down menu to choose whether you want to delete your entire history or a selection from anywhere from the last 24 hours to the last four weeks. Knocking Expanded will also give you delete access Saved passwords, Data for auto-fill forms and Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, tap the blue Clear data button. You may get an additional prompt in case Chrome considers certain websites “important” to you, and if so, you’ll be given the option to confirm before clearing. Otherwise, if you don’t get this prompt, Chrome will immediately continue cleaning as you instructed.

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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 the cache and cookies of your Samsung internet browser. You can clear from the browser itself or go through your phone’s Settings app.

To clear while in the Samsung Internet Browser app, first tap Options button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Settings; scroll down to and tap Personal datathen tap Clear browsing data to get a menu of delete options. You can clear yours Browsing history, Cookies and Site Data, Cached images and files, Passwords and Automatic filling of forms in any combination. After tapping Delete datayou will then be prompted to confirm your selection before deleting.

Going through the browser app itself provides the most customization of what you want to delete. However, if you want to access such options from your phone’s settings menu, open Settings application and tap Applicationsthen scroll down to and tap Samsung Internet and then Storage.

At the bottom of Storage, you get separate options for Wipe cache and Clear data. Knocking Wipe cache it will immediately wipe the cache but Clear data displays a prompt warning you that all app data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. Although it does not specify cookies, this “nuclear process” approach should destroy all remaining data, allowing you to restart the Samsung Internet browser as if it were brand new.

Read more: Change these Android settings to get the most out of your phone

Mozilla Firefox

Like Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this feature, tap | More ▼ button to the right of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then tap Settings and scroll down to Clear browsing data.

Clear browsing data menu in Mozilla Firefox on Android.

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Of the three browsers we’re discussing here, Firefox gives you the most options under Clear browsing data menu that also allows you to delete any existing ones Open tabsYours Browsing history and site data, Site permissions and even yours Downloads folder on the side Cookies and Cached images and files.

While you can’t select a time range like you can for Chrome, you can be more specific about the type of data you want to remove.

Read more: Browser privacy settings to change as soon as possible in Firefox, Chrome and Safari

And Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’re done with the app. Inside the settings is a Clear browsing data on exit option that instructs Firefox to delete any combination of these same settings every time you exit the application. This is a useful feature if you want to keep your browser tidy and, say, avoid accidentally handing over your browser history to someone who might have stolen or otherwise gained access to your phone.

For more information, see Everything You Need to Know Google’s new operating system, Android 13inclusive how to download beta. Also, check out CNET’s list of best apps for android and several settings you want to change on your current phone.


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