How to Make Chrome Clear History on Exit or Close on Windows, Mac and Linux

If you are more concern about Google Chrome browser cookies and browsing data, this post will explain to you how to automatically clear the history and cookies when you exit the Chrome browser every time. This will be the ideal way if you are using a common or public computer and you do not want to leave any trail on these public/office computers. This setting will delete the all browsing data related to that session when you exit the Chrome browser.

This method will work on Windows OS, Mac and Linux as long as you have this option on the Chrome browser.

Simple Tip on Chrome Clear History on Exit

1) Go to Settings of Chrome browser.

open settings chrome browser

2) Click on ‘Show advanced settings’ and find Privacy option as below.

advanced settings - chrome clear history on exit

Click on ‘Content settings’. This will open more settings of Privacy. Additionally, the ‘Clear browsing data..’ button allows you to clear some or all browsing data manually by a single press. But we are looking for an automated option which will clear the history and cookies of Chrome while exiting/closing the browser.

chrome clear history on exit

3) Once you clicked on the Content settings, you can set the below option. By selecting ‘Keep local data only until you quit your browser’, your Google Chrome browser will delete all browsing data such as cookies, cache, and history automatically while closing the browser on Windows or Mac computer. This is applicable up to the latest version of Google Chrome browser. I’m sure this (or similar) option will remain in the future versions too. You will find the same option to clear Chrome history on exit for Mac and Linux Operating Systems as well.

only until quit browser

Manage Exceptions

Remember, this is going to delete the cookies, cache and all browsing data every time you close the browser. This will give issue on the sites your trust and frequently use. As you know, nowadays most of the sites use cookies and cache data to improve the user experience, browsing speed and better tracking/authentication. If the earlier cookies do not available, you may have a tough time with your Facebook or Gmail, Yahoo Mail or other favorite eCommerce sites especially when you use them on your personal or home computer.

Manage exceptions under cookies settings become handy in this case. You can mention the websites in the list so their browsing data will remain on the computer. So these sites’ data will not be deleted on closing/exiting the Google chrome browser.

Click on Manage exception and add the sites as below.


I hope this small guide would be helpful to make chrome clear history, cookies, and cache on exit on your Windows, Mac or Linux OS computers. The exceptions option will help you to add your favorite sites to manage their browsing data.

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Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

1 thought on “How to Make Chrome Clear History on Exit or Close on Windows, Mac and Linux”

  1. I have the option “Keep local data only until you quit your browser” enabled. It has been enabled a long time (probably a tweak immediately after installing Google Chrome). It has NEVER deleted history. Do an online search and you’ll find this setting does NOT delete history on exit. The user must install an extension to automatically purge history on exit.

    By the way, blogs like this should always have a datestamp. Information is always time sensitive.

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