Regularly clearing the cache and cookies in your web browser will help you get rid of unnecessary garbage files.

Much of the information that your Android phone’s web browser gathers from the websites you visit is unnecessary for it to be on your phone.

The information kept in your cookies and cache, regardless of whether you are using Samsung Internet, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome, may come in handy occasionally. It is what keeps you signed into your accounts and enables you to swiftly access websites that you visit often. That is great, but your browser’s cookies and cache include a lot of unnecessary data that may even pose a privacy concern.

The reasons behind periodicaly clearing your cache and cookies

A large portion of the content that accumulates in your cookies and cache is just useless garbage. A portion of it might have come from single-visited websites. Some appear to be actively monitoring your browser history in order to provide you with adverts that are relevant to what you purchase or watch online. For example, after looking at a few stores, I keep getting advertising for buying glasses online, or I get ads from Amazon that just so happen to reflect what was last in my shopping basket.

It is a good idea to periodically clean your cache because of this. It enables you to delete data from your phone that you no longer require, particularly if one of the cookies on your phone has an unknown data tracker. You will have to log back into some of your favorite websites after clearing your cache, but it is a tiny annoyance to ensure that your phone is not accumulating unnecessary data.

The steps differ slightly depending on the type of phone and web browser app you’re using. Below, we’ll go over how to clear this data for Google’s 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.

Google Chrome

In the Google Chrome app for Android, you can clear your cache and cookies by first clicking the More button (shown by a column of three dots) in the top right corner of the browser, then selecting History, and then selecting Clear browsing data. Alternatively, you may access this by selecting Privacy and Security from the Chrome Settings menu, followed by Clear browsing data.

Additionally, Chrome has Basic and Advanced settings for deleting cookies, site data, cached files and pictures, and browsing history. You can choose to erase all of your information or just a portion of it, ranging from the recent 24 hours to the previous four weeks, using the Time range drop-down menu. You can also delete Saved passwords, Autofill form data, and Site settings by tapping Advanced.

Once you have decided what to remove, hit the blue “Clear data” button. If Chrome considers any websites to be “essential” to you, you may receive an additional prompt, and you will be able to accept before clearing. In the event that you do not receive the prompt, Chrome will clear as soon as you tell it to.

Samsung Internet

You can delete the cache and cookie data from your Samsung Internet browser in two distinct methods. You have two options for clearing: using the Settings app on your phone, or directly from within the browser.

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 historyCookies and site dataCached images and filesPasswords 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.

You can customize what you want to erase the most by going through the browser app itself. Nevertheless, you may launch the Settings app, touch on Apps, scroll down to Samsung Internet, and then tap Storage if you want to access comparable choices from your phone’s settings menu.

There are distinct options to clear data and clear cache at the bottom of Storage. Choosing Clear data triggers a warning that all of the application’s data, including files, settings, accounts, and databases, will be permanently erased. Tapping Clear cache will instantly remove the cache. This “going nuclear” method should erase all leftover data, even though it does not mention cookies, allowing you to restart the Samsung Internet browser as if it were a fresh install.

Mozilla Firefox

You may empty the cache from within the Mozilla Firefox Android app, just like you can with Google Chrome. Once more represented by three vertically aligned dots, the More button is located to the right of the address bar. Tap it to access this function. Next, select Settings and proceed to the Delete browsing data section.

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 dataSite permissions and even your Downloads folder alongside Cookies and Cached images and files

You can be more precise about the kind of data you want to erase, even though you are unable to select a time frame like you can with Chrome.

Additionally, Firefox offers a second option for users who want not to store their browser history once they close the program. There is a Delete browsing data on stop option in Settings that tells Firefox to remove any combination of these same settings each time the program is closed. This is a helpful function if you want to maintain your browser clean and, for example, not unintentionally give your browsing history to someone who could have stolen or otherwise obtained access to your phone.

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