How to Delete and Clear Entire Chrome Browser Search History


Keeping your browsing history private is important for many reasons. Your search queries and sites visited can reveal a lot of personal information about you. Fortunately, Google Chrome makes it easy to delete your entire browsing history across all your devices. This guide will show you multiple methods to clear your Chrome history.

Why You Should Clear Your Browsing History

Here are some key reasons for regularly clearing your Chrome browsing history:

  • Privacy – Your browsing history contains a detailed record of your online activity which you may want to keep private. Clearing it regularly enhances privacy.
  • Security – Malicious sites could exploit browsing history data. Wiping it clear eliminates this potential vulnerability.
  • Remove Clutter – Accumulated browsing history eventually becomes cluttered with sites you no longer visit. Clearing it declutters Chrome.
  • Public/Shared Devices – Always clear history after using public or shared devices to prevent the next user from accessing your private activity.

Delete History from Chrome Desktop

Follow these simple steps to delete your entire Chrome browsing history from a desktop browser:

  1. Open the Chrome browser
  2. Click the three vertical dots in the top-right corner to open the menu
  3. Select History > History
  4. Click Clear browsing data on the left side
  5. Choose the All time option to delete entire history
  6. Check the box for Browsing history
  7. Uncheck other data types you want to keep
  8. Click Clear data to confirm

This will wipe your entire Chrome browsing history. You can also delete individual history items from the History tab.

Delete History from Chrome Android App

Use this method to clear all Chrome browsing history from your Android device:

  1. Open the Chrome app
  2. Tap the three dots menu in the top-right
  3. Choose History
  4. Tap Clear browsing data at the bottom
  5. Select the All time range
  6. Check the box for Browsing history
  7. Uncheck data you want to keep
  8. Tap Clear data to confirm

You can also long-press individual history items to delete them selectively.

Delete History from Chrome iOS App

Follow these instructions to clear your browsing history from Chrome’s iOS app:

  1. Open the Chrome app
  2. Tap the three dots menu in the bottom-right corner
  3. Choose History
  4. Tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom
  5. Select the All time range
  6. Check Browsing history
  7. Uncheck any data you want to keep
  8. Tap Clear to confirm

This will erase your entire browsing history. You can also delete individual items by tapping Remove next to them.

Delete History from Google Dashboard

You can visit your Google Dashboard to review and delete Chrome browsing history associated with your account:

  1. Sign in to your Google account
  2. Click Data & privacy
  3. Go to Web & App Activity
  4. Click Manage activity
  5. Choose date range then click Delete by each item to remove

Alternatively, you can toggle Web & App Activity off to prevent Google from saving any more history.

Use Incognito Mode for Private Browsing

Chrome’s Incognito mode doesn’t save any browsing history. Use it when you want to keep your web activity totally private:

  • Desktop: Ctrl+Shift+N
  • iOS: Tap new incognito tab
  • Android: Tap three dots menu > New Incognito tab

Sites you visit in Incognito mode won’t appear in your browsing history.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does clearing history remove cookies?

A: Yes, clearing your browsing history also deletes cookies and other site data stored by Chrome.

Q: Can someone recover my deleted browsing history?

A: No. Once deleted from Chrome itself, the browsing history cannot be recovered.

Q: Does Incognito mode make me anonymous online?

A: No. Incognito only prevents Chrome from saving your browsing history locally. Websites can still see your IP address and location. Use a VPN for anonymity.


Regularly clearing your Chrome browsing history is vital for maintaining privacy, security, and decluttering the browser. This guide outlined the main methods for permanently deleting your search queries and entire web history across desktop, Android, and iOS devices. Using Incognito mode provides temporary private browsing. Keep your online activity secure by clearing your history often.