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Slow internet on your Android phone? Time to clear those cookies and cache

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From time to time, it is recommended to clear your phone’s web browser cache and delete cookies. Pictured is the Galaxy S21.

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that you used firefox, Samsung Internet or Google Chrome to browse the web on your android phone, you may notice some lag from time to time, even when your internet connection is working perfectly. If you have a slow-loading browser on your hands, there’s probably a culprit to consider: data. With virtually every website you visit, your browser collects data. This can be useful; for example, it may mean that your browser loads your frequently visited sites faster. But if all of this data collection goes unchecked for long enough, it can clog your cookies and cache, resulting in an extremely slow browsing experience.

Cookies can also be used by websites to track your browsing history, often for the purpose of serving personalized advertisements almost everywhere you go. (I recently saw ads for glasses after visit some online stores to compare prices and styles.)

Additionally, the larger your browser’s cache, the more your browser application becomes bloated with data from websites you may not even visit anymore – yet some of their assets and possibly some tracking cookies might be blocked. find there.

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So it doesn’t hurt to wipe out this data occasionally to keep your web browser light, running efficiently, and ideally storing as few tracking cookies as possible.

On Android, the steps differ slightly depending on the type of phone and web browser app you are using, so below we will see how to clear this data on Google Chrome (often the default for many Android phones like the GooglePixel online), Samsung’s Internet browser (often the default on the Galaxy phone series) and the Mozilla Firefox browser. You can also check out our separate guide on how to Clear Your Cache on an iPhone Web Browser in case you also have a few Apple devices to clean.

The “Clear browsing data” menu in Chrome on Android.

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Google Chrome

You can delete your cookies and cache from the Android version of Google Chrome by first pressing the More button in the upper right corner of the browser, indicated by a column of three dots, then pressing Story, then Clear browsing data. You can also access it from Chrome Settings menu, touch Privacy and Security then Clear browsing data.

Chrome also offers Basic and Advanced settings to erase your Navigation history, Cookies and site data and Cached images and files. You can use the Time interval drop-down list to select whether you want to delete all history or a selection from the last 24 hours up to the last four weeks. Tapping Advanced will also give you access to delete Saved passwords, Autofill form data and Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, press the blue Erase data button, and it will then be deleted without any further prompts, so just make sure you zap exactly what you want to zap.

Read more: Ditch Google Chrome and Use This Privacy-Focused Browser Instead

Samsung Internet

“Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” options for Samsung Internet.

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Unlike Google Chrome, Samsung’s process of clearing your cache and cookies involves visiting your phone’s settings app, as opposed to opening Samsung’s internet browser app.

After opening Settings, Press on apps, then scroll down and tap Samsung Internet. Then press Storage.

At the bottom of storage, you get separate options for Empty the cache and Erase data. Tapping Empty the cache will immediately delete the cache, but Erase data displays a prompt that warns you that all app data will be permanently deleted, including files, settings, accounts, and databases. Although it doesn’t specify cookies, this more nuclear approach should zap all remaining data, allowing you to restart the Samsung Internet Browser as if it were brand new.

Read more: Change These Android Settings to Get the Most Out of Your Phone

MozillaFirefox

Just like with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, press the Following button to the right of the address bar, again symbolized by three vertically aligned dots. Then press Settings and scroll to Delete browsing data.

Mozilla Firefox’s “Delete Browsing Data” menu on Android.

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Of the three browsers we are talking about here, Firefox gives you the most options under the Delete browsing data menu, also allowing you to delete all Open tabs, your Navigation history and site data, Site permissions and even your Downloads folder beside Cookies and Cached images and files.

While you can’t choose a time range like you can for 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 the Cookies.

Read more: Browser Privacy Settings to Change ASAP in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

And Firefox has an extra option for those who never want to keep their browsing data after they finish using the app. Inside the settings is a Delete browsing data on exit option, which instructs Firefox to clear any combination of these same settings each time you quit the application. This is a useful feature if you want to keep the browser tidy and, for example, avoid accidentally passing your browser history to someone who might have stolen or had access to your phone.

To learn more, see everything you need to know about Google’s new operating system, Android 12, including how check when your phone will receive the update and how to download. Also take a look at CNET’s list of best android apps.

How often do you clear your browser’s cache and cookies? And do you have a favorite Android browser that should be added to this tech tip? Tell us in the comments.


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