How to Automatically Delete Chrome History after Closing
If you’ve ever performed a system cleanup, you’ve most likely noticed that the browser data usually takes up the most storage space. With that said, the chances are you’ve wondered at least once how to clean up your history automatically upon exiting your web browser, which we’re assuming is Google Chrome.
If that’s the case, we have some good news and some bad news for you. Extensions that can do this have stopped working for some users with the recent Chrome update. On the other hand, they still work for many other users, so don’t close this tab right away.
Additionally, there is an option in Chrome that deletes all internet cookies on the exit and there are multiple other ways to quickly delete your history. Keep reading to find out more.
Extensions You’re Looking for
As we’ve said already, there are extensions made specifically for this purpose. Some of them clean history on the program close, while others do it on the program startup. All of these extensions are lightweight and work in the background. Here’s a list of some of the most popular: Auto History Wipe, Auto History Clear, History Disabler, Chrome History Cleaner.
Chances are that either all or none of these will work for you, as there are reports about them not working made at the same time, coinciding with a recent Chrome update. Unfortunately, all of these extensions seem to have been discontinued and you’ll have to search them up on the Web Store manually. To access these extensions’ settings once you’ve installed them, left-click on their icons in the Address bar and click “Options.“
Auto History Wipe and Auto History Clear are basically the same apps as they let you clear the same parts of your browsing data each time you start or exit Chrome. Plus, they look almost identical.
History Disabler automatically deletes your browsing history as soon as it gets generated, or after closing a tab or Chrome in general. Other than browsing history, it lets you forget the download history the moment a file stops downloading, no matter if the download was successful or not.
Similarly to History Disabler, Chrome History Cleaner also lets you clear your history while browsing, not just on browser start. It’s also the only one on the list with its own “Options” window, which makes it a bit more accessible than the other extensions.
How Else to Delete Your History Quickly, Then?
The Old-Fashioned Way
Chrome’s default way isn’t all that bad, actually. It’s just the execution speed that’s the issue. However, did you know that it can help you clean other browser data as well? Here’s how:
- Inside Google Chrome, click on the three dots located in the top-right corner, then go to History and click History in the adjacent drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can just press Ctrl + H (Cmd + H on Mac) to quickly access the History menu.
Note: Don’t worry History always opens in a new tab. It only swaps out a blank tab, so whatever you’re doing, it won’t bother you.
- In your history tab, there’s a “Clear browsing data” button to the left. Click on it. You’ll be taken to the Settings menu and a “Clear browsing data” window will appear on top of it.
- If you’re content with deleting just the browsing history, cookies and cached files, stick to the “Basic” tab; if you’re looking to delete additional site data, such as autofill forms and passwords, take a look at the “Advanced” tab.
- Use the “Time range” menu and see how much of your browsing data you would like deleted.
- When you’re finished, click on the “Clear data” button.
Deleting Cookies on Program Exit
Some people think that internet cookies are even worse than any other part of browsing data. In a nutshell, internet cookies are small pieces of data kept by your web browser for purposes such as marketing and keeping track of your browsing history.
Despite them being useful for the latter, the former makes them annoying and may make your device more vulnerable, so you might want to delete them anyway. If you think it’s worth sacrificing website load and login speeds for the sake of security, follow these steps to delete them each time you close Chrome:
- In Google Chrome, click on the three dots in the top-right corner.
- In the menu that appears, select “Settings.”
- Scroll all the way down and click the “Advanced” button.
- Find the “Privacy and security” section and click on “Site Settings.”
- Click on “Cookies.”
- If the “Keep local data only until you quit your browser” option is disabled, as it should be by default, enable it.
Note: If there are sites you visit frequently, consider whitelisting them by adding them to the “Allow” list.
Before you proceed to enable browsing history (if it happens to work for you, that is) or cookie deletion every time you close Google Chrome, remember that there are both pros and cons to such extensions. It’s up to you to decide.
Do you regularly clear your browsing data? Do you think keeping it is bad? Give others some advice they won’t be able to clear from their brain’s history in the comments below!