[Fixed] How to Fix the Google History Won’t Delete Error

[Fixed] How to Fix the Google History Won’t Delete Error

/ Shayne Sherman

In today’s digital age, it’s not uncommon for people to rely on technology to store their personal information. With the convenience of smartphones and computers, many individuals trust these devices to keep track of their online history, including their searches on Google. However, what happens when you want to delete this information from your account? In recent years, Google has faced scrutiny over its data privacy practices, particularly its history deletion process. Despite attempts to improve this feature, many users have reported that their Google search history won’t delete. This article will explore the reasons behind this issue and provide possible solutions for those seeking to maintain online privacy.

Reasons Why You Can’t Delete Chrome Browser History

There are several reasons why your Google Chrome browsing history may not be deleted. Here are three common causes and explanations for each:

  • Corrupted or Outdated Browser Data: Over time, Chrome’s browsing data, such as cache, cookies, and history, can become corrupted or outdated. This can prevent Chrome from functioning correctly, including the ability to delete your browsing history. To resolve this issue, you can clear your browsing data, update your browser to the latest version, or reset your browser settings to their default values.
  • Third-Party Extensions or Add-Ons: Sometimes, third-party extensions or add-ons can interfere with Chrome’s standard functionality, preventing it from deleting browsing history. This can occur if a particular extension or add-on is outdated, misconfigured, or conflicts with another extension or add-on. To fix this issue, try disabling or removing the extension or resetting your browser settings to their default values.
  • Syncing Issues: Chrome’s ability to sync browsing data across devices can sometimes lead to problems with deleting browsing history. If you are signed in to Chrome on multiple devices, your browsing history may not delete as expected if there is a syncing issue. To resolve this issue, try signing out of Chrome on all devices and then signing back in. You can also try disabling sync temporarily to see if that fixes the problem.

It’s important to note that there may be other causes of why your Google Chrome browsing history won’t delete. You may need to troubleshoot the issue further or seek additional assistance from Google support.

Quick Fixes to Chrome Not Deleting History

In case you need to clear your Chrome browsing history quickly and cannot wait for the upcoming browser update, there are some simple solutions that you can attempt. To further understand the topic of browser cache, you may refer to additional resources.

Use Third-Party Junk Cleaners

Numerous software tools are available for Windows 10 that can remove residual data. These tools can be used to eliminate both residual files and browsing sessions. To use CCleaner for this purpose, follow these steps:

1. Launch the CCleaner app and select Custom Clean from the left pane.

2. Click on Applications from the top pane.

3. Choose the Chrome application and select all the checkboxes under it.

4. Analyze the browsing history files by clicking on Analyze.

5. Click on the Run Cleaner button to erase the browsing history.

run cleaner in ccleaner

Use File Explorer

Using File Explorer is an alternative method to clear Google Chrome history files. Follow these steps:

1. Stop all Google Chrome tasks via the Task Manager.

2. Initiate the Run dialog by pressing the Window + R keys.

3. Type %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default to open the Default folder in the AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data folder.

run localappdata
localapp default folder

4. Select the Cache (folder) and History (File) from this folder.

5. Delete these items from your computer.

delete all files in default folder in localapp data

Visit Google Activity Page

To remove all Google activity, go to the Activities page on your Google account. You can view all the information that Google has collected about your browsing activity and delete it as desired.

Reinstall the Browser

If the previous methods are ineffective, the issue may lie with the browser installation files. To solve this, reinstall the browser while ensuring clear residual files. You can use third-party batch uninstallers to remove residual files if you prefer. After this, download a new browser copy from the Google Chrome website, install it, and verify if the error still occurs. If the issue persists, it should be resolved.

Try to Clear Everything in Your Browsing Data

Sometimes, Chrome may fail to delete your browsing and download history due to a bug or other issues, leaving you wondering what went wrong. To resolve this problem, you can delete all your browsing data by following these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right corner. From there, select “Settings.”

chrome settings

2. Select “Privacy and Security” from the side panel and “Clear browsing data.”

clear browsing data

3. Proceed to the “Advanced” section.

4. Select “All time” from the options next to “Time range.”

5. Check all the available options.

6. Click “Clear Data.”

clear browsing data all time

These steps will successfully remove all browsing data, cookies, and cache saved locally on your storage device. This method will resolve the issue of Google Chrome not clearing your browsing history.

Update Google Chrome

If you’re unable to clear your browsing history in Chrome, it’s possible that a bug in the application or corrupted files could be the cause. Updating your web browser may help to fix these issues and improve the application’s performance.

To update Chrome, follow these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Click the three dots in the screen’s upper right corner.

3. Hover your mouse cursor over “Help” on the menu.

4. Select “About Chrome” from the menu to its left.

about google chrome

5. This will take you to a page displaying the Google Chrome version installed on your computer. The page will also automatically check for a newer version.

update google chrome

6. Allow the system to check for updates. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed.

7. If there is no update, you will see a message stating that “Chrome is up to date.”

Reset Google Chrome

To address the issue of Chrome failing to clear your browsing history, you can reset your browser settings to their default state, which removes all extensions, temporary site data, Chrome settings, and Chrome shortcuts. This can be especially helpful if a suspicious extension or corrupted site data causes the problem.

Here are the steps to reset Chrome and resolve the “Google Chrome won’t clear Browsing History” issue:

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots at the top right corner.

chrome settings

2. Choose “Settings” from the menu >> Select “Reset and clean up.”

reset and cleanup

3. Click on “Restore settings to their original defaults.”

4. A popup window will appear. Click “Restore settings” to initiate the reset. If you don’t want to send your current settings data to Google, uncheck the box that says, “Help make Chrome better by reporting the current settings.”

5. Restart your PC after the completion of the reset.

6. Try to delete your browsing history to confirm whether the issue has been resolved.

Deleting Browser History on iOS

The steps for clearing your Chrome browsing history are the same on iPhone and iPad. However, we will provide instructions for iPhone users in this example.

How to Delete Your Full Chrome Browsing History on iOS:

1. Open the Chrome app and select the three dots in the screen’s bottom right corner. From the dropdown menu, choose “History” to view your browsing history.

2. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see “Clear browsing data.” Tap on this option and ensure only the checkboxes for the data you want to delete are selected. By default, the checkbox for Browsing history is selected, but there are other options, such as Cookies and Site information, that you might not want to erase.

clear browsing data ios

3. After selecting the checkboxes, tap “Clear browsing data” and confirm the action by tapping “Clear browsing data” again.

4. Finalize the process by pressing “Done.”

How to Delete a Specific Item From Your Chrome Browsing History on iOS:

  1. Open the Chrome app and go to “History” as before.
  2. Tap “Edit” and select the item or items you want to remove from your history.
  3. Once you’ve selected the desired items, tap “Delete” to remove them from your browsing history.

Deleting Browser History on Android

If you’re using an Android phone or tablet, you can delete your Chrome browsing history by following these steps. These instructions are illustrated using a Samsung phone.

1. Open Chrome and tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen to access the menu.

2. Select “History” from the menu. The address bar is at the bottom of the screen on some Android devices, so you may need to swipe up to see the menu.

3. Tap “Clear browsing data” at the top of the History page. Ensure only the “Browsing history” box is checked, and uncheck any other boxes for data you want to keep. You can also select a period to delete browsing history from.

4. Once you’ve finalized your selections, click “Clear data.”

clear browsing data on android

If you only want to delete specific items from your history, follow these steps:

1. Use the same steps as above to access your History page.

delete specific items in history

2. Tap on the history items that you want to delete.

3. Once you’ve selected the items, tap the trashcan icon in the top-right corner of the screen to delete them.

Say Goodbye to Persistent Google History Errors With These Fixes

After exploring the process of deleting browsing history on various devices and the possible reasons why it might not be deleted, it is clear that managing our digital footprints is becoming increasingly important today. It is essential to control our online data and ensure privacy and security.

Our technology may not function as expected, leading to frustration and concerns about data privacy. In such instances, it is important to understand the causes behind the issue and look for ways to resolve it. It is also crucial to stay informed about new technologies and updates that can enhance our online security and privacy.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.