Google Chrome won’t clear Browsing History and Data

Google Chrome is the most popular browser. In today’s day and age, we end up browsing hundreds of websites every day and leave a trail of browser history. Google uses the browser history to streamline and better our web browsing experience. However, at times, Chrome users cannot delete their web browsing history, data, cache & cookies. In this article, we will walk you through specific settings that will help you delete browsing history on Chrome. We will begin this guide by mentioning the usual methods. At the end of the article, we will talk about much more advanced methods that will surely help you delete the Chrome history.

Cannot clear Browsing History in Chrome

Google Chrome Clear history

To clear your browsing history in Chrome on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the hamburger menu of the browser
  2. Select History and Recent Tabs
  3. Select Clear Browsing data
  4. In “Clear browsing data” select “All time”
  5. Choose the type of history you want to delete.
  6. Click the Clear data button.

I recommend selecting Browsing History, Download history, Cookies, and other site and plugin data, cached images and files for All time.

Google Chrome unable to delete browsing history

Some users have reported that the clearing process enters an endless loop. Google Developers have admitted that there is an issue and have discussed the same.

“We’re seeing a spike in feedback related to browser history not clearing. Specifically, the behavior is that once the deletion process is started, it runs forever with no completion or ability to stop/exit. We haven’t tried to reproduce yet, but we’re seeing a large enough spike that we wanted to file. Reports are currently only from Windows and OSX.”

Google has blamed an issue in SessionStorage.

You can follow the below workarounds and see if that helps.

1] CCleaner or any other junk cleanup tool is perfectly capable of clearing Chrome’s cache, history, password, and other data. You should be fine using cleanup tools.

2] You can try clearing the cache by using File Explorer.

Open the following file paths:

  • C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\DEFAULT\Cache
  • C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\PROFILENAME\Cache

In the address above swap “YOURUSERNAME” with your profile name and search for a file called Cookies and delete the contents.

3] Additionally, You can also use Google’s My Activity page to clear the data.

Hope this helped.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Windows enthusiast, a blogger & a keen follower of everything Microsoft. He loves to keep a track of the Windows ecosystem and enjoys covering Windows 10 features & freeware.

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