When you buy a new Android smartphone, chances are that it will either come with the stock Android browser or the Google Chrome web browser installed. Some manufacturers also install rebranded stock Android browsers as well as have their own browser apps. For example, all the smartphones manufactured by ASUS or Samsung come with a web browser of their own. It depends on the user whether they want to use these pre-installed web browsers or install the popular browsers all Chrome or Firefox.
In the case of Chrome web browser, whenever you visit a website, it will store some of the data on your local storage. This data could be the cookies downloaded from a website or other kinds of offline data that is designed to have a longer expiry date. The more sites you visit, the more data will be saved on your local storage. Here is how you can clear the site storage data from Chrome web browser for Android:
- Launch Chrome web browser, tap on the menu icon and then choose Settings.
- On the settings page, select Site settings from the list of the options.
- From a long list of the options, select Storage.
- You will see a long list of sites that you have visited before, tap on the Clear site storage near the bottom of the screen.
- When a confirmation dialog is displayed, choose Clear to finally clear all of the sites storage.
One benefit of clearing the site storage is that it will free up the local storage for other things like your pictures, videos, music or even for installed newer apps. Another good reason for clearing up the site storage for the Chrome web browser in Android is because of the privacy issue. If you do not clear the site storage, then anyone can know which sites you have been visiting – so clearing them gives you some level of privacy. Moreover, you can clear the site storage for the sites that are not loading properly. By clearing the site storage, you can force them to download all the data again and eliminate problems resulting from old site data.