Whether you have a, or another , your browser collects and stores data every time you browse the web. This data is your cookies and your cache, and they can often be useful. It keeps you logged in to your accounts and loads frequently visited sites faster, for example.
But that data ends up accumulating, taking up space on your phone while probably including cookies that arefor the purpose of serving personalized advertising. (I saw ads for glasses after to compare prices and styles, and for TV shows related to my YouTube searches.)
It doesn’t hurt to occasionally clear this data to keep your web browser light, 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 are using, so below we will see how to clear this data on Google Chrome (often the default for many Android phones like online), Samsung’s Internet browser (often the default on ) and the Mozilla Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to in case you also have a few Apple devices to clean.
You can delete your cookies and cache from the Android version of Google Chrome by first pressing the More button in the upper right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then pressing Storyso Clear browsing data. You can also access it from Chrome Settings menu, touch Privacy and Security and then Clear browsing data.
Chrome also offers Basic and Advanced settings to erase your Navigation history, Cookies and site data and Cached images and files. You can use the Time interval drop-down list to select whether you want to delete all history or a selection from the last 24 hours up to the last four weeks. Tapping Advanced will also give you access to delete Saved passwords, Autofill form data and Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, press the blue Erase data button, and it will then be deleted without any further prompts, so just make sure you zap exactly what you want to zap.
There are two different ways to clear the cache and cookie data of your Samsung internet browser. You can clear from the browser itself, or you can go through your phone’s Settings app.
To erase while in the Samsung Internet Browser app, first tap the Options button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Settingsscroll down and tap Personal datathen touch Delete browsing data to get a menu of options to delete. You can delete your Navigation history, Cookies and site data, Cached images and files, Passwords and Autofill forms in any combination. After typing Delete datayou will then receive a prompt asking you to confirm your choices before deleting them.
Going through the browser app itself offers the most customization of what you want to remove. However, if you want to access similar options from your phone’s settings menu, open the Settings app and press appsthen scroll down and tap Samsung Internet and then Storage.
At the bottom of storage, you get separate options for Empty the cache and Erase data. Tapping Empty the cache will immediately delete the cache, but Erase data displays a prompt that warns you that all app data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. While it doesn’t specify cookies, this “go nuclear” approach should zap all remaining data, allowing you to restart the Samsung Internet Browser as if it were brand new.
Just like with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, press the After button to the right of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then press Settings and scroll to Delete browsing data.
Of the three browsers we are talking about here, Firefox gives you the most options under the Delete browsing data menu, also allowing you to delete all Open tabsyour Navigation history and site data, Site permissions and even your Downloads folder beside Cookies and Cached images and files.
While you can’t choose a time range like you can for Chrome, you can be more specific about the type of data you want to delete.
And Firefox has an extra option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they finish using the app. Inside the settings is a Delete browsing data on exit option, which instructs Firefox to clear any combination of these same settings each time you quit the application. This is a useful feature if you want to keep the browser tidy and, for example, avoid accidentally passing your browser history to someone who might have stolen or had access to your phone.
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