Your Android Your phone's web browser may collect a lot of data while browsing the internet.This data usually populates your web browser'sCache和 cookie, which can help improve your browser's loading speed by saving assets for websites you visit frequently, as well as saving preferences, such as keeping you logged in to websites.
However, the website can also use cookie to track your browsing history, often with the aim of delivering personalized advertising wherever you are almost everywhere.
In addition, the browser'sCacheThe bigger it gets, the more bloated your browser application becomes with data from sites you may no longer visit -- but some of their assets and possibly some tracking cookies may stay there.
So it doesn't hurt to clear this data occasionally to keep your web browser running lean, efficient and ideal, and store as few tracking cookies as possible.
On Android The steps are slightly different depending on the type of phone and web browser app you're using, so here's how to clear this data on Google's Chrome (usually the default on many Android phones like the Google Pixel) ), Samsung's Internet browser (usually the default browser on Galaxy phone series), and Mozilla's Firefox browser.
You can delete your cookies and cache from Google Chrome for Android by first clicking the "More" button (indicated by three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of the browser, then "History" and "Clear browsing data".You can also access this feature from the Chrome Settings menu, click Privacy & Security, then Clear Browsing Data.
Chrome then offers basic and advanced settings for clearing browsing history, cookies and site data, and cached images and files.You can also use the "Time range" drop-down menu to choose whether you want to delete the entire history, or anything from the past 24 hours to the past 4 weeks.If you prefer, clicking Advanced will also give you access to delete saved passwords, autofill form data, and site settings.Once you've selected what you want to delete, hit the blue clear data button and it will delete without any other prompts, so make sure you're switching exactly what you want.
Unlike Google Chrome, Samsung's process for deleting cache and cookie data involves accessing your phone's Settings app instead of opening Samsung's Internet browser app.
With Settings open, tap Apps, then scroll down and tap Samsung Internet.Then click Save.
At the bottom of Storage you can get separate options for Clear cache and Clear data.Clicking Clear Cache will delete the cache immediately, but Clear Data will bring you a prompt warning you that all of the app's data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, databases, and more.While it doesn't specify cookies, this more hardcore method should clear any remaining data and let you launch Samsung Internet Browser as if it were brand new.
Much like Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app.To access, click the More button to the right of the address bar, again represented by three vertical dots.Then click Settings and scroll down to Delete browsing data.
Of the three browsers we're reviewing, 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 as well as cookies and cached images and files.
While you can't choose a time frame like you can in Chrome, you can be more specific about the type of data you want to delete, unlike Samsung, which deletes everything when you might just want to delete cookies.
For those users who don't want to keep their browsing data after using the app, Firefox offers an additional option.There's a Delete browsing data on exit option in the settings, which instructs Firefox to wipe any combination of these same settings every time you exit the app.This is a useful feature for those looking to keep their browser clean and avoid accidentally handing over their browser history to someone who might have stolen or otherwise accessed your phone.
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