The browser history on a Chromebook is a record of all the websites you have visited, the searches you have made, the downloads you have done, and the forms you have filled out with Google Chrome. You might want to consider deleting the history on your Chromebook partially or fully for various reasons.
Should I Delete the History on My Chromebook?
There are some drawbacks and risks associated with keeping your browser history on Chromebook. Your Chromebook history might slow down your browser performance and taking up storage space over time. If you let others use your device you might also be exposing your personal information and preferences and all the pages you visited previously. If your device or account gets hacked or stolen, the browser history is also a neat log others might use to obtain more personal data and private information about you.
Google might also use your Chromebook history and other ad-networks to show you targeted ads and recommendations. Therefore, it makes sense to delete your chrome browser history regularly or periodically. It will help you to:
– Improve your browser speed and performance by freeing up storage space and memory
– Protect your personal information and preferences from others who use your device or account
– Enhance your online security and privacy by preventing hackers or thieves from accessing your browsing data
– Maintain your online reputation and credibility by avoiding unwanted or embarrassing exposure of your browsing history
– Diversify your online experience and behavior by reducing the influence of targeted ads and recommendations based on your browsing history
How to Find Chromebook Browser History
As Chromebook browser history equals Google Chrome history, you have to use the following steps in Google Chrome.
- Open Google Chrome on your Chromebook and click on the three-dot icon at the top right
This will open a drop-down menu with various options.
- Select “History” from the menu
You can also hover over “History” and click “History” again to open a new tab with your browsing history.
- Review Chromebook history and open or delete web-pages
On the History tab, you will see a list of websites and searches that you have visited or made recently. You can scroll down to see more entries or use the search box at the top to find something specific.
- Access Google Chrome history from other synced devices
To show browser history from other devices you sync with your Google account, click “Tabs from other devices”
How to Clear Chromebook Browsing History Completely
Open Google Chrome history as shown above or via the hotkey “CTRL+H”. Then continue as shown below.
- Click “Clear browsing data” on the left side
- Select what to delete from browsing history
You can choose to also delete “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files” apart from the visited pages. Click “Clear data” to remove the selected information/data.
- When deleted, your Chromebook browsing history will be empty afterward.
How to Clear Chromebook Browser History by Page
If you don't want to remove all of the browsing history you have in Google Chrome, you can delete only specific websites. Just select the pages you want to remove from your Chromebook history and click “Delete”.
How to Delete Google Chromebook History by Date while keeping Cookies, Passwords, Autofill data etc.
You can remove traces of your visited pages for a specific timeframe by removing Chromebook history for a certain period while at the same time keeping some page-related data still stored on your Chromebook, such as browser cache and login information.