How to Clear Browsing Data in Chrome for iPad

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This article is only intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Apple iPad devices.

Google Chrome for iPad stores remnants of your browsing behavior locally on your tablet, including a history of the sites that you have visited as well as any passwords that you have chosen to save. Cache and cookies are also retained, utilized in future sessions to improve your browsing experience. Maintaining this potentially sensitive data provides an obvious convenience, especially in the area of saved passwords. Unfortunately, it can also pose both a privacy and security hazard for the iPad user.

In the event that the iPad owner does not wish to have one or more of these data components stored, Chrome for iOS presents users with the ability to permanently delete them with just a few taps of the finger. This step-by-step tutorial details each of the private data types involved and walks you through the process of deleting them from your iPad.

First, open your browser. Tap the Chrome menu button (three vertically-aligned dots), located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option.

Chrome's Settings interface should now be displayed. Locate the Advanced section and tap on Privacy. On the Privacy screen, select the Clear Browsing Data option.

The Clear Browsing Data screen should now be visible, offering the following options.

  • Browsing History: A record of all websites that you have visited, accessible via Chrome's History interface or through the autocomplete feature in the browser's combination address and search bar.
  • Cookies, Site Data: A cookie is a text file that is placed on your iPad when you visit certain sites. Each cookie is used to tell a Web server when you return to its Web page. Cookies can be helpful in remembering certain settings that you have on a website, as well as important information such as login credentials.
  • Cached Images and Files: Chrome for iPad utilizes its cache to store images, content, and URLs of recently visited Web pages. By using the cache, the browser can render these pages much faster on subsequent visits to the site by loading the images, etc. locally from your device's cache rather than from the Web server itself.
  • Saved Passwords: When entering a password on a Web page for something such as your email login, Chrome for iOS will usually ask if you would like for the password to be remembered. If you choose yes, it will be stored on your iPad and then prepopulated the next time you visit that particular Web page.
  • Autofill Data: In addition to passwords, Chrome can also store other frequently entered data such as home address on your iPad.

Chrome provides the ability to remove individual data components on your iPad, as you may not wish to delete all of your private information in one fell swoop. To designate a particular item for deletion, select it so that a blue check mark is placed next to its name. Tapping a private data component a second time will remove said check mark.

To begin deletion, select Clear Browsing Data. A set of buttons will now appear on the bottom of the screen, requiring you to choose Clear Browsing Data a second time to initiate the process.