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How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

Being widely used and appreciated by majority of people worldwide, Google Chrome can be found installed in almost every Android or non-Android device. On many devices, Google Chrome is a default app is pre-installed in them.

Part 1Delete Google Chrome Browser

Despite of being a decent web browser, many times you may want to remove Google Chrome from your device. Possible reasons for doing so may include:

  • Google Chrome has started crashing abruptly and you want to install another instance of Chrome.
  • You no longer wish to use Google Chrome.
  • You want to test an app that is not compatible with Google Chrome.
  • You want to get the default settings of Google Chrome that you believe you can get by uninstalling and then re-installing the program.

Regardless of the reason, you may want to remove Google Chrome from any of the following devices:

  1. Windows PC
  2. Mac computer
  3. Android device
  4. iOS device

The step-by-step instructions about how to remove Google Chrome from each of the mentioned devices is given below:

1. Removing Google Chrome from a Windows PC

a. Log on to your Windows computer with an account holding admin rights.

b. Go to Control Panel.

c. From the top-right corner of the Control Panel window, ensure that View by is set to Category.

d. From under the Programs category, click Uninstall a program.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

e. On the Uninstall or change a program page, from the displayed list of installed programs, click to select Google Chrome.

f. From the border at the top of the list, click Uninstall.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

g. On the Uninstall Google Chrome confirmation box, check the Also delete your browsing data checkbox. (Optional)

h. Click Uninstall to remove Google Chrome from your Windows PC.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

2. Removing Google Chrome from a Mac PC

a. Log on to your Mac computer with an account that has admin rights.

b. Open the Applications folder. (Default location where Google Chrome is installed.)

c. Once inside the Applications folder, click and drag Google Chrome in the Trash.

d. Provide your consent to any confirmation message that appears.

3. Removing Google Chrome from Android

Note: Since both Chrome and Android are the products from Google, in most Android devices you cannot uninstall Google Chrome but you can disable it instead. In case you have updated your Google Chrome, along with DISABLE, you will also see the UNINSTALL UPDATES button.

a. Turn on your Android device.

b. Open the Apps drawer.

c. From the displayed icons, tap Settings.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

d. Once on the Settings interface, tap Application manager.

Note: Depending on the device, the term Application manager is used interchangeably with Apps, Apps Manager, or Applications.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

e. From the displayed list of installed apps, tap Chrome.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

f. On the App info interface, tap DISABLE and follow the instructions from there to remove Google Chrome from your Android device.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

4. Removing Google Chrome from iOS

a. Turn on your iOS device. (iPhone 4S is used for demonstration.)

b. On the Home screen locate Chrome.

c. Once found, tap and hold the Chrome icon for a few seconds.

d. When all the icons start shaking, tap the X sign within a gray box at the top-left corner of the Chrome icon to remove the app from the device.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

Part 2How to Delete Extensions (Add-ons) from Google Chrome

Deleting add-ons a.k.a. extensions from Google Chrome is more or less identical in all platforms. For simplicity, a Windows PC is used here for demonstration.

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Click the Menu button (button with three horizontal lines) from the top-right corner of the interface.

3. From the displayed menu, click Settings.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

4. Once on the Settings window, from the left pane, click to select Extensions.

5. From the Extensions page in the right, click the Trash icon representing the extension that you want to remove.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

Note: Alternatively you can uncheck the Enabled checkbox for the extension to temporarily disable it, and let it remain installed for future use.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

6. Once done, close and re-launch Google Chrome to experience the changes.

Part 3How to Delete Browsing History and Cookies from Google Chrome

To delete browsing history and cookies from the PC version of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac or Windows computer.

2. Click the Menu button from the top-right corner of the interface.

3. Go to Settings from the displayed menu.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

4. From the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

5. Under the Privacy section, click Clear browsing data.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

6. In the Clear browsing data box, ensure that the Browsing history and Cookies and other site and plug-in data checkboxes are checked.

7. Finally click the Clear browsing data button from the bottom.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

To delete Google Chrome browsing history from Android:

1. Turn on your Android device.

2. Open the Apps drawer.

3. Go to Settings > Application manager. (As described above.)

4. From the list of installed apps, tap Chrome.

5. On the App info interface, tap CLEAR DATA from the bottom.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

To delete Google Chrome browsing data from iOS:

1. Turn on your iOS device.

2. From the Home screen, locate and open Chrome.

3. From the opened interface, tap the Menu button (button with three vertical dots) from the top.

4. From the displayed menu, tap Settings.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

5. Once on the Settings window, tap Privacy.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

6. On the Privacy interface, tap the Clear All option.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

7. From the popped up box, tap Clear All to clear the browsing history, cache, and cookies from Google Chrome.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Any Device

Note: Alternatively you can also tap the Clear Browsing History, Clear Cache, and Clear Cookies, Site Data options individually to clear the information from the browser.

Part 4Tips and Tricks

• On Android smartphones, some streaming videos cannot be played on Google Chrome due to missing plug-ins. Installing Flash Player for Android on your device resolves the issue many times.

• While using Google Chrome on your mobile, if you are not familiar with the mobile version of any site, you can get its desktop version by tapping the Menu button, and then checking the ‘Request desktop site’ checkbox from the displayed options.

• On Google Chrome for Android, you can tap the Menu button, go to Settings > Site Settings and uncheck the Cookies checkbox to keep Google Chrome from saving and reading cookies on your device.

• On your Google Chrome for Android, you can tap the Menu button and go to Settings > Search engines to change the default search engine from Google to Yahoo!, Bing, etc.

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