Your Android phone’s cookies and cache grow quickly. how to clean them

Clearing cookies and cache on your android phoneThe web browser can get rid of a lot of excess data, which may have accumulated over the course of visiting many different websites. If your phone uses Google Chrome, Firefox or Samsung Internet, your browser collects and stores data whenever you browse the web. This information makes up your cookies and cache and helps your phone quickly log into your accounts and load frequently visited websites.

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But that data eventually accumulates, taking up space on your phone and likely including cookies that are tracking your browsing history with the intention of serving personalized advertising. (I’ve seen ads for glasses after visiting some online stores to compare prices and styles, as well as for cruise vacations after seeing some possible getaways.)

It doesn’t hurt to occasionally clear this data to keep your web browser lean, running efficiently, and ideally storing as few tracking cookies as possible.

On Android, the steps differ a little depending on the type of phone and the web browser app you are using, so below we will see how to clear this data for the Google Chrome browser (usually the default for many Android phones such as the Google Pixel line), Samsung’s Internet browser (usually the default on the Galaxy phone series) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how clear your cache in an iPhone web browser in case you also have some Apple devices to clean.

The “Clear Browsing Data” menu in Chrome on Android.

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Google Chrome

You can delete your cookies and cache from within the Android version of Google Chrome by first tapping on plus button in the upper-right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then tap Historythen Clean navigation data. You can also access this in Chrome Definitions menu playing privacy and security and then Clean navigation data.

Chrome also offers Basic and Advanced settings to clear your Browsing history, Cookies and website data and Cached images and files. You can use the Period drop-down menu to select whether to delete all history or a selection anywhere from the last 24 hours to the last four weeks. knocking Advanced will also give you access to delete saved passwords, Autofill form data and site settings. Once you’ve selected what you want to delete, tap on the blue Erase data button. You may receive an additional warning if Chrome deems certain sites to be “important” to you, in which case you will be given a chance to confirm before clearing. Otherwise, if you don’t get this warning, Chrome will immediately proceed with the cleanup as instructed.

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Samsung Internet

“Clear data” and “Clear cache” options for Samsung Internet.

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There are two different ways to clear cache and cookie data from Samsung internet browser. You can clear it from within the browser itself, or you can go to your phone’s Settings app.

To clear while in the Samsung web browser app, first tap the radio button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then Definitions; scroll down and tap personal datathen tap Delete browsing data for a menu of options to delete. You can clean your Browsing history, Cookies and website data, Cached images and files, passwords and Autofill forms in any combination. after playing delete datayou will receive a notice asking you to confirm your choices before deleting.

Going through the browser app itself provides the most customization of what you want to exclude. However, if you want to access similar options in your phone’s settings menu, open the Definitions app and tap appsand then scroll down and tap Samsung Internet and then Store.

At the bottom of Storage you get separate options for clear cache and Erase data. knocking clear cache will immediately delete the cache, but Erase data opens a prompt that warns that all application data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts and databases. While it doesn’t specify cookies, this “core” approach should eliminate all remaining data, allowing you to restart your Samsung internet browser as if it were brand new.

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Mozilla Firefox

As with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from within the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, tap the button Most button to the right of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then tap Definitions and scroll down to Delete browsing data.

The “Delete Browsing Data” menu in Mozilla Firefox on Android.

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Of the three browsers we are discussing here, Firefox offers the most options under the Delete browsing data menu, allowing you to also delete any open tabsyour Browsing history and location data, website permissions and even yours transfers folder on the side Cookies and Cached images and files.

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

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And Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’ve finished using the app. Within Settings is a Delete browsing data on exit option, which instructs Firefox to clear any combination of these same settings every time you exit the application. It’s a useful feature if you want to keep your browser organized and, say, avoid accidentally handing over your browser history to someone who might have stolen or gained access to your phone.

For more, check out all to know about Google’s new operating system, Android 13Including how to download beta. Also, take a look at CNET’s list of best android apps and some settings you want to change on your current phone.

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