How to clear the cache and cookies from your Android phone

This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to clear the cache and cookies from the browser that comes with your Android-based phone.

Please note: the steps outlined in this guide are for the built-in, default web browser that comes with your Android phone – Chrome. If you’re using a 3rd party browser that you downloaded from the Google Play Store (such as Opera or Firefox) – these steps won’t clear the cache and cookies from those browsers – just the default one.

  1. Open the browser as you normally would.
  2. chrome icon for android

  3. Tap the 3 dots button located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  4. the tools button in chrome for android

  5. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  6. the main tools menu in chrome for android

  7. From the list of Settings scroll down and select Privacy
  8. the settings menu in chrome for android with settings highlighted

  9. In the Privacy section tap the Clear browsing data link.
  10. the clear browsing data link in chrome for android

  11. Now you’ll need to decide the timeframe of the cookies and cache you want to clear. The default is All time which means you’ll be deleting all of the cookies and cache files. If you want to choose a different period, select the menu next to All time
  12. the main screen for clearing the cache and cookies on android

  13. Choose one of the predefined timeframes.
  14. the timeframe options to clear the cookies on android

  15. Next you’ll need to decide exactly what you want to delete. The choices are Browsing history – which is the list of sites that you’ve visited. You can also clear the Cookies and site data which means you’ll need to sign in again to most of the sites on your phone. The other choice is Cached images and files which are the parts of web pages that your browser stores so it doesn’t need to download them again the next time you visit a given site. Place check marks next each of the items that you want to delete and then tap the Clear data button.
  16. the main screen for clearing the cache and cookies on android with each item highlighted

  17. In all likelihood you’ll be presented with a message letting you know it was all cleared as you requested. Tap OK, got it

    the confirmation window after you clear the cookies on android

  18. That’s it – you’ve managed to successfully clear the history, cache and cookies on Android.

If you need help clearing the cache, cookies and/or history from another browser, we have a guide for that too.

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21 thoughts on “How to clear the cache and cookies from your Android phone”

  1. can i get rid of cookies without deleted all my local cache stuff? I don’t wanna lose my emails, only get rid of infernal “web site not available”!!!!!

  2. I have cleared all history data, cookies and site data, cached images and files on my phone and tablet but I keep getting a message from a site that I want to get into. The message that I keep receiving is –
    What am I supposed to do now?

  3. I want to clear all cookies on my android phone but you can’t why?
    Always leaves some there I’ll have 30 sites and only clear used to be able to clear all of them and individually but now you can’t rubbish.i hate chrome.

  4. I think I’m done I’m not sure you said meant something back clear cache a or whatever that was

  5. What is the effect (I’m not referring to more room) of clearing cache and the effect of clearing cookies data. In other words why does each exist in the first place or what effect will the elimination have on your phone?

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