Clear Your Android Phone’s Cookies and Cache To Get Rid of Excess Junk Files:


Just like on a PC:every now and again it’s good to clear out junk files on your: Android phone:. Clearing out the cookies and cache on your Android phone’s web browser is a good way to get rid of a lot of that, as it is likely to have built up over the course of visiting many different websites every day. Whether your phone uses Google Chrome, Firefox or Samsung Internet, your browser collects and stores data every time you surf the web. This information makes up your cookies and cache, and it helps your phone speedily log in to your accounts and load frequently visited sites.

Tech Tips logo:

Brett Pearce / CNET:

But this data eventually builds up, taking up space on your phone while also probably including cookies that are: tracking your browsing history: with the intention of serving personalized advertising. (I’ve been seeing ads for eyeglasses after: visiting a few online stores: to compare prices and styles, as well as for cruise vacations after eyeing a few possible getaways.)

It does not hurt to occasionally clear this data out in order to keep your web browser lean, 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’re using, so below we’ll go over how to clear this data for Google Chrome browser (often the default for many Android phones like the Google Pixel: line), Samsung’s Internet browser (often the default on: the Galaxy phone series:) and Mozilla’s Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to: clear your cache on an iPhone web browser: in case you have a few Apple devices to clear out, too.

The “Clear browsing data” menu in Chrome on Android.

Screenshot by Mike Sorrentino / CNET:

Google Chrome:

You can delete your cookies and cache from within the Android version of Google Chrome by first tapping the: More button: in the top right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then tapping: History:then: Clear browsing data:. You can also access this from the Chrome: Settings: menu, tapping: Privacy and Security: and then: Clear browsing data:.

Chrome also offers: Basic: and: Advanced: settings for clearing your: Browsing history:, Cookies and site data: and: Cached images and files:. You can use the: Time range: drop-down to select whether you want to delete the entire history or a selection of anywhere from the past 24 hours up to the last four weeks. Tapping: Advanced: will also give you access to deleting: Saved passwords:, Autofill form data: and: Site settings:. After selecting what you want to delete, tap the blue: Clear data: button. You might receive an additional prompt in the Chrome event deems certain websites as being “important” to you, and if so you’ll get the chance to confirm before clearing. Otherwise if you do not receive that prompt, Chrome will immediately proceed to clear as you instructed.

Read more:: Ditch Google Chrome and Use This Privacy-Focused Browser Instead:

Samsung Internet:

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

Screenshot by Mike Sorrentino / CNET:

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

To clear while in the Samsung Internet browser app, first tap the: Options button: in the bottom right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then: Settings:; scroll down to and tap: Personal Data:then tap: Delete browsing data: to get a menu of options to delete. You can clear your: Browsing history:, Cookies and site data:, Cached images and files:, Passwords: and: Autofill forms: in any combination. After tapping: Delete data:you’ll then receive a prompt asking for 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 the: Settings: app and tap on: Apps:then scroll down to and tap: Samsung Internet: and then: Storage:.

At the bottom of Storage, you get separate options to: Clear cache: and: Clear data:. Tapping: Clear cache: will immediately delete the cache, but: Clear data: brings up a prompt that warns you that all of the application’s data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts and databases. While it does not specify cookies, this “going nuclear” approach should zap all remaining data, letting you restart the 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:

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

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

Screenshot by Mike Sorrentino / CNET:

Of the three browsers we’re discussing here, Firefox gives you the most options under the: Delete browsing data: menu, allowing you to also delete any existing: Open tabs:your: Browsing history: and site data:, Site permissions: and even your: Downloads: folder alongside: Cookies: and: Cached images and files:.

While you can not pick a time range as you can for Chrome, you can be more specific regarding what type of data you would like to remove.

Read more:: Browser Privacy Settings to Change ASAP in Firefox, Chrome and Safari:

And Firefox has an additional option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they’re done using the app. Inside of Settings is a: Delete browsing data on quit: option, which instructs Firefox to wipe any combination of these same settings every time you quit the application. It’s a useful feature if you’d like to keep the browser tidy and, say, avoid accidentally handing off your browser history to someone who may have stolen or otherwise gained access to your phone.

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

Now playing:
Watch this:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The Galaxy Note Lives …