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How to Clear Cache, Cookies and History on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Even if you are very familiar with your mobile phone or other devices, some small details can still escape you. When you need to perform a certain action, you may not remember how to do it. Things like erasing or deleting your cache, cookies and history may seem very simple, but the truth is that a lot of people forget how to do this, or they may have even never discovered how to do them, especially when using a mobile device.

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Read on to learn how you can clear your cache, cookies and history if you have a Samsung Galaxy S4.

Clearing the Cookies, Cache and History

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    Tap the "Apps" icon, which is located on the lower right corner of your mobile.
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    Tap "Internet."
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    Then tap the "Menu" button on your mobile, which is located on the lower left corner of your mobile.
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    The menu options will appear, then tap "Settings."
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    From Settings under "Advanced," tap "Privacy."
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    Then from "Privacy," tap "Delete Personal Data."
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    Then select "Cache, Cookies and Site Data and History," or if you want to clear all, you may instead tap on "Select All." To choose, just tap whichever one of them you want.
    Then Tap "Done."
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    Cookies, cache and history should then be deleted.
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Questions and Answers

What is Cache on Samsung S4?

The cache is an area of your Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone that houses temporary applications or Internet files. By storing commonly accessed information in the cache, your phone can respond to requests faster. If, for example, you have accessed a website for the first time, it will take a bit longer as compared to the second or the succeeding times you visit that site, because the website was not "cached" on your first access. After your first access of the site, your phone stores some of the relevant files of that site in the cache. So instead of downloading that file from the website again, your phone will just access its cache the next time, saving you time and bandwidth.

Cache is a common term used in the computing field.

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It is another way of saying memory that is stored on your phone. The cache will hold all your passwords, usernames, card information or any other personal information that has been inputted and stored on the device.

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The instruction on clearing cache does not work on my S4. What will I do?

For Chrome browser

As confirmed by some comments below, the instructions above should clear the cache and history on your Samsung Galaxy S4. However it appears these instructions are not working for others. This may be because you are using a different browser other than the default browser. Here are instructions per browser:

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  • Chrome
    • Open your Chrome browser on the Application list.
    • With your Chrome opened, tap on the Menu key (left soft-button) to see available menu.
    • From the list, tap on "Settings".
    • On the "Advanced" section of Settings, tap on "Privacy".
    • Tap on the "Clear Browsing Data" on the bottom part of your device's screen.
    • Choose what browsing data you want to clear out. To select a data type, tap on the box to the right of the following options: Browsing History, Cache, Cookies, Password and Auto-Fill Data
    • Tap on the "Clear" button to clear data.
    • Done.
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  • Firefox
    • Open your Firefox browser on the Application list.
    • With your Firefox opened, tap on the Menu key (left soft-button) to see available menu.
    • From the list, tap on "Settings".
    • From Settings, tap on "Privacy".
    • On Privacy, tap on "Clear private data" option.
    • A list will pop up with options for data that can be cleared. Select the data that you want to delete by marking the boxes to the right of each data type.
    • Tap on the "Clear data" button to clear data.
    • Done.
  • Opera
    • Open your Opera browser on the Application list.
    • With your Opera opened, tap on the Menu key (left soft-button) to see available menu.
    • From the list, tap on "Settings".
    • On the Basic section of Settings, tap on "Clear browsing data".
    • From the pop-up page, select the data that you want to delete by putting a check mark on the box to the right of the data type.
    • Tap on the "OK" button to clear data.
    • Done.
  • Photon
    • Open your Photon browser on the Application list.
    • With your Photon opened, tap on the Settings icon on the upper-right part of your phone's screen.
    • Under the Privacy Section, you will have the option to clear your cache, cookies, history.
    • Tap on any data type and confirm clearing by tapping on the "Yes" button.
    • Done.
  • Skyfire
    • Open your Skyfire browser on the Application list.
    • With your Skyfire opened, tap on the Menu key (left soft-button) to see available menu.
    • From the list, tap on "Settings".
    • From Settings, tap on "Privacy and security".
    • Choose what data type you would like to clear by tapping on the corresponding option: Clear cache, clear history, clear all cookie data, clear form data, clear location access, clear passwords.
    • Confirm the action by tapping on the "Yes" button.
    • Done.
  • Boat
    • Open your Boat browser on the Application list.
    • With your Boat opened, tap on the Menu key (left soft-button) to see available menu.
    • From the list, tap on "Settings".
    • From Settings, tap on "Privacy and security".
    • From Privacy and security, tap on "Clear data".
    • From Clear data, select the data that you want to delete by putting a check mark on the box to the right of the data type.
    • Confirm the action by tapping on the "Done" button on the lower-right part of your screen.
    • Done.

There is another way to clear the cache of Google Chrome browser if you are unable to clear it using the above method. Please do the following.

  • Go to your home screen.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Locate and tap Settings.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Application manager.
  • Go to All tab by swiping to left.
  • Locate and tap Chrome browser
  • Tap "Clear cache" to clear the Cache or "Clear data" to clear the Cache, Cookies, History and Settings of Chrome browser.
  • Tap OK.
  • That`s it.

The previous searched URL is still coming?

In spite of clearing my history i am able to see the previous searched URL in the prediction menu which i would like to delete too

If you have cleared your history, but the searched URL is still being predicted on the address bar, make sure that you have included cache and personal data on your Internet mobile browser. To to that go to Home screen > Apps icon > Internet icon > Settings > Privacy > Delete Personal Data > Select All > Tap Done. You are done with deleting all data on your mobile Internet application.

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You can also delete personal data of the Internet application by going to Home > Menu key > Settings > More > Application Manager > All tab > Open Internet App page from the list > Tap on Clear data and Clear cache.

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Clearing the Cache went well. Do you know how to reverse the Complete action using feature on this phone?

I selected the "Always" feature under the Complete Action Using ... on a web site I use a lot. It now gives me an error " The document cannot be opened because it is not a valid PDF document." I am looking for a way to reverse my actions on this.

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You can do this by going back to your settings>>application manager>>>>and visit the browsers and from there simply clear cache and setting so that you will now be allowed to choose another option for viewing your files.

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I don't want my phone to save my history so that when i open the internet it opens my homepage?

I don't want my phone to save my history so that when i open the internet it opens my homepage

If you are wishing to have this done then you will need to close out of your windows before leaving the browser so that your homepage will display every time you open your browser.

This is not working as the browsing history is still showing on browser page while searching?

Cookies, cache and history should then be deleted.

Ensure that you are clearing these selections while being in the browser, you will need to go to the browser>>>hit the menu button>>>select the advanced options>>>>from here you will be able to clear all of your cookies, cache and history so that you will be able to get rid of the history in your device browser.

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The browser history can be found if you perform the following steps:


1. Go to your browser

2. Press the menu button

3. Go to settings and from here you can clear all of your data

I'm trying to delete the URL suggestion or predictions for the incredible 1 phone?

I delete cookies cache form data nothing works

URL suggestions are common these days even when you delete cookies. It happens in any type of device, even with computers. It helps to make searches faster. It does not always rely on your past searches, it is just simply programmed as you type in parts of keywords.

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The instructions does not work for me as the browsing history is still showing on browser page while searching. What will I do now?

If you have followed the instructions carefully and still the browsing history shows, then repeat the instructions again and close your browser. Once closed, turn off your Galaxy S4 and remove the battery. Reinsert the battery and turn your phone on. Check your browser again and you will now notice that browsing history has been cleared.

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If restarting and removing the battery won't work, you can clear the application cache of your browser by going to Home > Apps > Settings > More > Application Manager > Swipe to ALL tab > Scroll down until you get to Internet icon, open it > On the Internet app info, tap on "Clear data" and "Clear Cache". Once you are done, restart your phone and your internet browsing history is now deleted.

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Lastly, you may be clearing browsing data on a certain browser but you may be using another browser. Take note that clearing browsing history on a certain application will only clear the data on that selected application alone. All other browsing application would still have their data on your phone unless you clear them using the instructions in this article.

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I need to get rid of the history on my samsung s4?

The website is on google chrome, I have tried to clear it , but it keeps defaulting to the previous web page, instead of disappearing, I have tried the options to clear the history but it does not seem to work

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You can reset all of your information by performing the following steps I have listed below:


1. go to your google chrome browser and open it up

2. tap on your menu button

3. tap on history which will be in the list

4. from here your history will open up, simply tap on the clear browsing data on the bottom of the list

I am having problem deleting my navigation history?

Some of the suggestions do not show on my phone

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Comments

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Anonymous user #1

225 days ago
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I have done all of these procedures but it does not work.
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Howik AdminCaptain

219 days ago
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Please be more specific as to what you are trying to do. There are a lot of procedures above which all clear different things on your phone like cache, history and cookies as the title implies. So please explain what you are trying to clear as much detail as possible about how its not working so we can add your situation to this wiki and benefit future users.
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Anonymous user #2

216 days ago
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Works fine for me. Even better - there is an option in that menu structure to Reset the browser and erase all data - I found this useful because, when you choose to open an extra window, it would still go to a previous default website. By resetting the browser it truly clears everything. Thank you.
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Anonymous user #3

211 days ago
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I did all the steps, but if you go back into the internet and use the back arrow it still brings up all your history pages. I couldn't find the "Reset the browser and erase all data" in my galaxy S4
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Anonymous user #4
211 days ago
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Thank you so much...you are the only place that explained this solution to my problem perfectly!!
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Anonymous user #5

196 days ago
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Thanks for this v v helpful!
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Anonymous user #6
114 days ago
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I tried all this and it still didn't work. I'm talking about the list of sites right above the keyboard. Like when i touch the address bar then the "x" to clear the address bar, previous sites pop up right above the keyboard. Can't get rid of it no matter what I do. Am I missing something?
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Anonymous user #7

110 days ago
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I have the same exact problem and have tried just about every website imagineable with no help. When I turned my phone off and back on they no longer came up, but I'm not sure if that will continue to work or if its just a bandaid.
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Anonymous user #8
105 days ago
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Use 2 fingers and pull the word up off the bar, should ask if you want to remove the word from learned words hit ok
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Anonymous user #9
109 days ago
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Go to your application manager, find the keyboard app you are using and clear your cache data. That will clear the suggestions that come up when you switch to keyboard input.
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Anonymous user #10

106 days ago
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In the step: "Cookies, cache and history should then be deleted." As many have mentioned this doesn't work on my s4.
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WalakobayLieutenant

103 days ago
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You may be using a different browser. The QnA section details the instructions for different browser.
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Anonymous user #11
90 days ago
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The lift and drag worked for me
Thanks.
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Anonymous user #12

75 days ago
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In the step: "Cookies, cache and history should then be deleted."

This isnt working as the browsing history is still showing on browser page while searching..
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Anonymous user #13

22 days ago
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Has anyone had a problem with the S4 losing contacts, ringtones, pictures, and video after clearing the cache?
How do I get my contacts and pictures back?
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