Clear your Android phone’s cookies, cache to clear junk files

your scan Android phoneOur cookies and cache can remove tracking cookies and redundant data that may have accumulated while using your web browser. whether you have Android phoneThe Internet browser of Google Chrome, Firefox or Samsung Internet, it collects and stores data every time you surf the web. This information makes up cookies and cache, and helps your phone to quickly log into your accounts and load frequently visited sites.

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But this data eventually accumulates, taking up space on your phone while also including most likely cookies Keep track of your browsing history With the intent of providing personalized ads. (I was seeing ads for glasses after that Visit a few online stores To compare prices and styles, as well as for cruise vacations after looking at some of the possible cruises.)

The steps are slightly different depending on the type of phone and web browser app you’re using, so below we’ll go over how to clear this data for Google Chrome (often the default for many Android phones like Google Pixel line), Samsung’s Internet browser (often by default on Galaxy phone series) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to do it Clear Cache on iPhone Web Browser In case you have a few Apple devices to tidy up too.

Clear browsing data menu in Chrome on Android.

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Google Chrome

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 Dateand then Clear browsing data. You can also access this from Chrome Settings menu, tapping PRIVACY AND SECURITY and then Clear browsing data.

Chrome also offers Basic And the advanced Settings to delete a file browsing historyAnd the Cookies and site data And the Cached images and files. You can use the Time range The dropdown menu to specify whether 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 the Autofill form data And the Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, click the blue button clear data button. You may receive an additional prompt if Chrome considers certain websites to be “important” to you, and if that’s the case, you’ll have the opportunity to confirm before scanning. Otherwise, if you don’t receive this prompt, Chrome will immediately begin scanning as you instructed.

Read more: Ditch Google Chrome and use this privacy-focused browser instead

Samsung Internet

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

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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 Settings; Scroll down and tap Personal Datathen press Delete browsing data For a list of options for deletion. You can scan a file browsing historyAnd the Cookies and site dataAnd the Cached images and filesAnd the passwords And the 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 application and press appsthen scroll down and tap Samsung Internet and then storage.

At the bottom of the storage, you get separate options for Clear cache And the 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 doesn’t set cookies, this “nuclear” approach should cut all remaining data, allowing you to restart your Samsung Internet browser as if it were brand new.

Read more: Change these Android settings to get the most out of your phone

Mozilla Firefox

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 symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. then press Settings and scroll down to Delete browsing data.

“Delete browsing data” menu in Mozilla Firefox on Android.

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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 tabsfor you browsing history and location dataAnd the Location Permissions and even your Downloads side by side folder biscuit And the 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.

Read more: Browser privacy settings to change them as quickly as possible in Firefox, Chrome and Safari

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 at 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, say, for example, to avoid accidentally handing over your browser history to someone who may have stolen your phone or otherwise gained access to it.

For more information, check out Everything to know Google’s new operating system, Android 13Including How to download the trial version. Also take a look at CNET’s list of Best Android Apps and some The settings you want to change on your current phone.

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