How To Automatically Delete Browsing History in Google Chrome
Browsing history, cached data, and cookies are traces of your browsing habits. This information allows websites to load quicker, but soon enough the data might pile up and impair your browsing experience. Websites start loading slower, rather than faster, and problems with video playback might appear.
This is why it’s wise to delete browsing history every so often. Like most browsers, Google Chrome allows for a decent level of automation. Though, the given settings are not as customizable as on Safari, for example. So, if you want more there are a couple of extensions that allow you to automate the process to your preferences.
The following sections will provide you with a comprehensive guide to take advantage of all available options.
Auto History Removal
To set automatic history removal, you need to access Google Chrome Settings. Launch the browser and click the three vertical dots (top right) to open the More menu. Navigate to Setting and click on it. The easy way to do it is to type chrome://settings into the address bar and hit Enter.
Once inside, scroll down and click Advanced at the bottom of the window. Scroll down some more and select Content Settings under Privacy and Security.
Select Cookies in the Content Settings menu and click on the button next to “Keep local data only until you quit your browser” to toggle it on.
With this option on, Chrome automatically deletes all browsing data (history, cookies, and cache) as soon as you quit the browser. But you can make exemptions and allow favorite websites to keep cookies.
Adding Favorite Websites
For this trick, you also need to navigate to Cookies under Content Settings. We won’t waste any time on the steps since you already know how to get there.
Scroll down the Cookies window and click the ADD button next to Allow. Enter the URL of your favorite website – www.techjunkie.com, for example, and click ADD again to confirm.
There are two Chrome extensions that give you additional options to choose which browsing data to automatically delete. And it’s interesting that both extensions clear the data when Chrome starts. Here’s a quick overview of the extensions.
Auto History Wipe
Judging by the number of users, this is the more popular option. It runs offline and you shouldn’t have any compatibility issues regardless of your operating system.
Auto History Wipe clears history upon Chrome startup and you can select other types of data as well. It allows you to remove downloads, cache, cookies and website data, saved passwords, as well as autofill data.
Once enabled, you don’t need to give the extension additional permission to wipe the browsing data. It is a great option if you share your computer with someone, but there’s one downside. It might take Chrome a few seconds to respond, depending on the amount of data being deleted.
Auto History Clear
At 13.59 KB, Auto History Clear is a little smaller that Auto History Wipe, but you are not likely to notice any difference performance wise. The extension allows you to choose which data to clear upon Chrome startup, plus there’s an option to remove local data on exit.
An important thing to note is that the last History Clear update happened in late 2017. On the other hand, History Wipe updated to the latest version way back in 2015. Regardless, they should work just fine, but if you have any problem feel free to drop us a comment.
Can You Do It on Your Smartphone
Unfortunately, there is no option to automate history removal on mobile Chrome. Nonetheless, you might stumble upon apps that promise to automate the process. However, deleting Chrome history on mobile is super quick and easy so you don’t need any additional software.
Launch mobile Chrome, tap the three horizontal dots (bottom right) and tap History. Select Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the page and tick all the data you want to remove (it’s fine to keep it as default). To confirm, hit the Clear Browsing Data button.
How to Manually Delete Browsing History
To manually delete browsing data, hit Cmd + Y on a Mac, or Ctrl + H on a PC to open the History tab. Click the hamburger icon and select Clear Browsing Data. Select the data you want to remove and click Clear Browsing Data to confirm.
Have Smooth Browsing
Automating the browsing history removal is a walk in the park. And the extensions give you some additional options to pick and choose the data you want to keep. Mind you, without cookies, history, and cache certain websites might take longer to load. But you can always add them to favorites and keep the necessary cache.
Don’t forget, clearing the history speeds up your browser and protects your privacy as well. With browsing data out of the way, other people who use your computer won’t be able to see which pages you visit.