How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

Overview- In this article, you will see ways to reset google chrome on Windows 7,8,8.1 & 10 to fix the different issues with Google’s browser.

There is no argument that Google Chrome is the fastest browser available, browsing the internet and downloading stuff online is faster than other browsers.

It is very lightweight and does not take much time to start and also open web pages faster, but sometimes due to a lot of junk files, cache and cookies it gets slow and does not function properly.

Also, if there are certain incompatible programs installed into your Windows computer then it may not work properly, you may face slower browsing, longer load time, or it may not open at all.

When it acquired much junk, cache, and cookies it also takes time to start and loads web pages slower than before. If your Google Chrome is slow, or you are getting any error then you can try to fix it by resetting Google Chrome to its default settings.

If you reset Google Chrome then it may work as usual, since a reset reverts back to the original settings.

But before you reset Chrome to its default settings you should check for incompatible programs, there are 3 programs mentioned on the Google Chrome support page that may affect your google chrome.

These are –

  1. Spyware Doctor
  2. Comodo Firewall
  3. McAfee Enterprise

If you have any of these programs then uninstall them and check if your chrome is working properly.

How To Reset Google Chrome To Default Settings

There are few methods to completely reset google chrome to default settings, these techniques works on Windows 7, 8/8.1, and Windows 10.

If you are using mac OSx then Skip to Mac Part

A complete uninstall and re-install will also work but you would lose all the chrome data. If you logged in to chrome then you should not worry about losing chrome data.

A logged-in user can always retrieve their Chrome data like history, saved passwords, autofill form data, etc to any other computer or fresh google chrome on the same computer.

1. Resetting Google Chrome From Settings

If you are able to open Google Chrome but it does not work properly or keeps crashing after a certain time then you can use this method to reset chrome.

This will restore all the settings to default and it will also reset your homepage, new tab pages, and search engine, disable your extensions and unpin all tabs. It will also clear other temporary and cached data, such as cookies, content, and site data.

Your bookmarks saved passwords and history will not be deleted. If you are skeptical about losing your data then make sure to sync all the data on the Google server.

Just log in to Chrome using your Gmail and it will sync everything on the server. After reset if anything goes wrong you can always get your data back.

Here is how you can reset chrome from settings-

Step 1. Go to the Top- Right corner of chrome and click on these 3 little dots.

Step 2. Now you will get a new window that will pop up with the list of various links, here Click on Settings.

How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

Or you can type in chrome://settings/ in the address bar and hit enter to open settings.

Step 3. Once you click on Settings it will open another tab with all the settings like People (Chrome users), Appearance, Auto-fill, search engine, and start-up pages.

Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced.

How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

Step 4. Once you open advanced settings at the bottom of the page you will find the Reset Browser Settings option.

Now Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

 

Step 5. A pop-up window will come up and ask for confirmation Click on Reset Settings to confirm the restoration process.

reset google chrome to default settings

Once you Reset chrome you will get clean Google Chrome with default settings.

If you believe there is malware on your PC then you can click the “Clean up computer” option to remove the malicious programs.

Chrome users must check:- Reduce high RAM usages by Chrome up to 90%

2. Reset Chrome by Deleting The User Profile

There is another way to Reset Google Chrome by deleting the Default user profile, by deleting this folder you can ensure that every junk will be deleted from Chrome, follow these steps below-

Step 1. Go to Start and search for the run, open the run window, and type %appdata% in the run box hit OK.

How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

Step 2.  You will get the Roaming folder, now go to the AppData folder

reset google chrome delete default folder
and Navigate to  Local > Google > Chrome > User Data.

The Full Path is  C:\Users\My Lappy\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data only change the user account name to your user account name.
here you will get the Default folder. Backup this folder first and exit chrome from the right bottom corner and Task manager as-

How to Completely Reset Google Chrome Browser Without Reinstall

Step 3.  Now Delete this Default folder. Or you can rename this folder too.

reset chrome user profile

All of your chrome user data, bookmarks, history, cookies, and the cache will be cleared, and you will get fresh Google Chrome running on your computer.

Complete Uninstall

A complete uninstall of Google Chrome can fully reset it, if you are worried about your chrome data then you can always take a backup of the Default folder and replace it back after a fresh installation.

Like I said before if you have synced your chrome data on Google server using your Gmail address then you don’t have to worry about losing your data. Even if you don’t back up the default folder.

Here’s How to Completely Uninstall Google’s Browser on Windows

1. Go to Progam and Features or Apps in Windows 10, find and double click to Uninstall it.

2. Navigate to C:\Users\<User_Name>\AppData\Local\Google\ and then delete the Chrome folder.

3. The Chrome application is located on C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Applications\chrome.exe but after uninstall you won’t find chrome.exe so just go to Google Folder and delete the Chrome Folder.

4. Now, you need to delete unused registry keys of Chrome.

Open registry editor and navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\
and delete the found registry keys.

But if you are not tech-savvy then I don’t recommend deleting registry entries manually.

Use Ccleaner to clean the unused registry keys. ( Better and safer)

If you don’t have time and experience to Completely uninstall a program manually then you can always use a third-party uninstaller like Revo Uninstaller or IObit Advanced Uninstaller.

Download and install the Uninstaller and select Chrome.

uninstall and reset chrome

And uninstall after selecting the “Automatically remove residual files”.

Chrome Reset on Mac OSx

Mac users can reset google chrome by going to Settings > Advanced and then Reset Settings option, similar to Windows computers.

There is no major difference in terms of the user interface both on Mac and Windows, so just follow the instructions given in the first method.

Deleting User Profile in Mac OSx

Similar to Windows you can try deleting the user profile on macOS which can totally reset the Google Chrome without reinstall.

Here’s how to do it-

Go to  /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/ find and delete Default folder.

Or press Shift + Command + G while you are on finder and type there /<Username> Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/

The Library folder inside the user account stays hidden by default, make sure to unhide these folders by pressing Command + Shift + .

After deleting the Default folder relaunch the Google Chrome and you will get a fresh Google Chrome.

Completely Uninstall Google Chrome on Mac OSx

Even after a hard reset if the chrome won’t open then you can try to completely uninstall it from your Mac device.

  1. First, close Google Chrome and remove all background processes from the utility manager.
  2. Go to applications and move chrome to trash. (Right-click on Chrome application and move to trash.)
  3. Navigate to /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Google and delete entire chrome folder.
  4. Go to /Users/<username>/Library/ find and delete Google folder.

Or you can use a free tool Ccleaner for mac to uninstall chrome and delete all the residual files.

Now open Safari and install Chrome from the official site.

After a new install login to chrome using your Gmail account to sync all of your Chrome data back to the computer.

Quick Tip- If Chrome is slowing down your computer then you must be running low on RAM, find the perfect RAM for your PC/Laptop and upgrade the system memory.

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