Whether you have a fileAnd or else Your browser collects and stores data every time you surf the web. This data constitutes cookies and cache, and can often be useful. It keeps you logged into your accounts and loads the sites you frequently visit faster, for example.
But eventually this data accumulates, taking up space on your phone while also including most likely cookiesWith the intent of providing personalized ads. (I was seeing ads for glasses after that To compare prices and styles, as well as TV shows related to my YouTube searches.)
It doesn’t hurt to clear this data occasionally in order to keep your web browser vulnerable, running efficiently, and preferably storing as few tracking cookies as possible.
On Android, the steps are slightly different depending on the type of phone app and web browser you’re using, so below we’ll go over how to clear this data on Google Chrome (often the default for many Android phones likeline), Samsung’s Internet browser (often by default on ) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to do it In case you have a few Apple devices you should wipe them as well.
You can delete cookies and cache from within the Android version of Google Chrome by first clicking on File button more in the upper-right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three points, then click DateThen Clear browsing data. You can also access this from Chrome Settings menu, tapping PRIVACY AND SECURITY and then Clear browsing data.
Chrome also offers primary And advanced Settings to delete a file Browsing historyAnd Cookies and website data And Cached images and files. You can use the Time range The dropdown menu to select if you want to delete the entire history or a selection from anywhere from the past 24 hours to the past 4 weeks. eavesdropping advanced It will also give you access to delete Saved passwordsAnd Autofill form data And Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, click the blue button clear data button, and it will then be deleted without any further prompts, so just make sure you hit exactly what you want to zap.
There are two different ways you can clear the cache and cookie data of Samsung Internet Browser. You can scan from within the browser itself, or you can go through the Settings app on your phone.
To scan while in the Samsung Internet Browser app, first tap Options button In the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then SettingsScroll down and tap Personal Datathen press Delete browsing data For a list of delete options. You can delete a file Browsing historyAnd Cookies and website dataAnd Cached images and filesAnd passwords And Autofill forms in any group. after tapping delete dataYou will then receive a prompt asking you to confirm your choices before deleting.
Going through the browser app itself provides the most customization of what you want to delete. However, if you want to access similar options from your phone’s settings menu, open a file Settings app and press appsthen scroll down and tap Samsung Internet and then storage.
At the bottom of Storage, you get separate options for Clear cache And clear data. eavesdropping Clear cache It will delete the cache immediately, but clear data It displays a prompt warning you that all app data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. Although it does not set cookies, this “nuclear” approach should cut all remaining data, allowing you to restart your Samsung Internet browser as if it were brand new.
As with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from within the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, click more button To the right of the address bar, again denoted by three vertically aligned dots. then press Settings and scroll down to Delete browsing data.
Of the three browsers we discuss here, Firefox gives you the most options under Delete browsing data menu, which also allows you to delete any files Open tabsis yours Browsing history and location dataAnd Location Permissions and even your Downloads side by side folder biscuit And Cached images and files.
While you can’t choose a date range like you can for Chrome, you can be more specific about what type of data you’d like to remove.
Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’re done using the app. Inside settings file Delete browsing data on boot option, which instructs Firefox to clear any combination of these same settings each time you close the app. It’s a useful feature if you want to keep your browser organized and, for example, avoid accidentally handing your browser history to someone who might have stolen your phone or otherwise gained access to it.
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How often do you clear your browser’s cache and cookies? And do you have a favorite Android browser to add to these tech tips? Tell us in the comments.