How to remove autofill data in Google Chrome?

Issue: Hello. When I type something into Chrome's search bar or URL or search bar, there are plenty of suggestions that seem to come from my browsing history. Is there any way to remove them? Tips are much appreciated.

Solved Answer

Chrome has been one of the most used browsers in the world, with the popularity that the competitors could only dream of. With more than 60% of users choosing this browser,[1] it is evident that most prefer it over anything else. Indeed, it provides excellent usability features and can help users browse conveniently. Although, it is important to note that the browser has also got some criticisms over the years, mainly due to intrusive data gathering practices.[2]

Google Chrome autofill data exists on every device – a desktop computer, phone, or tablet. Without a doubt, the feature is useful, as it can help users find the most commonly or recently visited websites quicker. It can also help people to log in to all their accounts without them requiring to enter their account details such as passwords and account names.

While the autofill feature works great for convenience, it is not so great for privacy. In many cases, users share the same device and would not like to disclose their visited websites and personal accounts. This is particularly important when dealing with a publicly shared computer, as anybody who would use it would be able to access one's accounts if they would wish to do so.

How to remove autofill data in Google Chrome?

Thus, we would like to present the instructions on how to remove individual and all autofill entries on Google Chrome. We also provide a bonus tip on how to disable autofill data altogether if that suits your situation better. Along with that, we would like to recommend a maintenance utility FortectMac Washing Machine X9, which could take care of your privacy automatically by removing all types of data and entries from the local machine quickly. It is also very useful when dealing with PC issues such as BSODs,[3] system file corruption, malware-caused damage, and more.

1. Remove individual Chrome autofill entries

If you simply want to remove one particular URL from the autofill list, it is rather easy to do. Here's how:

  • Open Google Chrome and begin typing the web address into the URL bar
  • Use the arrow button on your keyboard to reach the entry you want to delete
  • Press Shift + Del on your keyboard to delete it. Remove individual autofill entries on Chrome

Note: if you are using a laptop and the combination does not work, try pressing Shift + Fn + Del on your keyboard instead.

2. Remove personal passwords

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When you enter your account information into the required fields, there is usually a checkmark that allows the browser to save your login data. Once you enter your account with this feature on, anyone else using the computer will be logged in automatically without having to enter your credentials. Thus, use the following steps in order to remove saved passwords from Google Chrome:

  • Open the browsers and go to Menu > Settings
  • Type Passwords into the search box Remove autofill passwords on Chrome
  • Under Autofill, click Passwords entry
  • Here, you will find the list of all accounts that have your login data saved
  • Find that account you would like Chrome to forget your password for
  • Click More actions and select Remove. Remove saved passwords

3. Remove all entries

If you want to get rid of all the data that shows your browsing habits, you can easily do so by deleting all autofill data in Chrome settings. Proceed with the following steps:

  • Go to Menu > Settings
  • Select Security and Privacy from the left menu
  • Pick Clear browsing data Clear browsing data section
  • Go to the Advanced tab, select Autofill form data, and pick Clear data. Remove all autofill data from Chrome

Note: make sure that under All time option under Time range is picked.

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If you want, you can stop Chrome from remembering your passwords, locations, payment methods, and other personal data. Here's how:

  • Go back to Settings and select the Autofill option on the left
  • Expand the section you would like to disable Autofill for, for example, Passwords Disable Chrome autofill for passwords, addresses, and locations
  • Here, turn off the Offer to save passwords and Auto Sign-in options.

If you would like Chrome not to show you any autofill suggestions, you can do so by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings and select Sync and Google Services Access Sync settings
  • Locate the Other Google services section
  • Here, disable the Autocomplete searches and URLs option. Disable autocomplete URLs in Chrome

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