Reset Google Chrome on Any Device

Resetting your Chrome browser restores default settings for search engine, new tab, pinned tabs, and startup page. It also deactivates all your extensions and deletes saved cookies from your device. 

You may like to personalize your browser settings to be productive. However, misconfiguring your Chrome settings can make it slow and laggy. But you don’t need to uninstall Chrome to fix this issue. 

What does Reset on Chrome mean?

You may have already performed a hard reset on a few of your devices. But Chrome reset is different because some data is stored on your device, and some data is synced from your Google account.

When you reset your browser, it removes temporary files like cookies. Cookies allow you to stay logged in to a website or remember your preferences. It also disables all extensions, which makes it easier for you to troubleshoot if there’s an issue without removing them. 

If you previously modified search engines on start-up or home page settings, reset will restore them to system defaults. However, resetting won’t affect browsing history, bookmarks, or saved passwords. 

Reset Chrome on a computer

You can only restore Chrome on a computer. On a smartphone, you can re-install Chrome on iPhone or clear storage on Android to get back to the default settings. 

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer. Select your desired user profile if you have multiple profiles.
  2. Click on the horizontal three-dot menu icon at the top right corner. A menu with various options will appear on your screen.
  3. Go to Settings from the menu. Alternatively, you can press ctrl + , on Windows or cmd + , on a Macbook to go to Settings. Go to Chrome Settings
  4. There’s a left sidebar on the settings page. Go to Reset settings from the sidebar. Go to Reset settings
  5. Select Restore settings to their original defaults. A pop-up appears on your screen with all the information related to reset. Reset Chrome Settings
  6. Press the Reset settings button from the pop-up. 

Reset Chrome on Android

Reset Chrome Android
  1. Press and hold the Chrome icon from your smartphone’s home screen or app list.
  2. A pop-up will appear on your screen with multiple options. Select App info from the pop-up.
  3. It takes you to the app details page. Tap on Storage usage. You can see how much storage Chrome uses on your device. 
  4. Select Manage space, and it will show the usage in detail. 
  5. Tap CLEAR ALL DATA; it asks for your affirmation, and press OK to confirm. 

Now launch Google Chrome on your smartphone, which will have the default settings. 

Reset Chrome on iPhone & iPad

Clearing site settings, cache, cookies, history, etc., won’t reset the Chrome settings. And, as iPhone doesn’t allow users to clear the storage of individual apps, you can only restore the default settings by re-installing Chrome.

  1. Press and hold the Chrome icon from the app list.
  2. Select Remove from the pop-up.
  3. Open App Store and search for Chrome.
  4. Install it on your iPhone and start using it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does factory reset delete Chrome history?

No. It deletes only cookies from your device. Your history will be untouched after resetting Chrome.

Does Chrome reset remove any virus?

Resetting Chrome disables all extensions. So, if any extension is doing something suspicious, you can identify it by enabling extensions individually. 

Will resetting Chrome delete my user profiles?

No, it won’t touch other user profiles at all. It will reset the settings of your active user profile. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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