When you play around installing many apps and extensions on Chrome browser, it may affect the settings and result in different errors or unexpected behavior. For example, you might have seen that some random search engine took place of your default search engine. By default Chrome checks the settings on launch and revert back to the original settings if something is wrong. But this may not help always, and at time, when no solutions fix your problem the last option is to reset Chrome browser. Fortunately, Google makes it very easy to reset Chrome.
Before Resetting Chrome
Remember and be aware that resetting the browser to factory defaults will delete the followings in Chrome:
- All your stored cookies
- Temporary browsing data
- Browsing history
- Change in default search engine
- Custom installed themes
- Customizations on the new tab page and home page
- All pinned tabs
- Disable all your extensions, still they will not get deleted and you can enable them after resetting
- Site specific content settings like blocking popups.
The good part is, Chrome will still retain the following things:
- Bookmarks will be retained
- All saved passwords will be available after reset
- Your personal data will be safe and won’t be deleted
- Resetting will only affect the profile, if you logged into your account.
Now that you know what will get deleted and what will get retained. If you are sure to reset then proceed further.
How to Reset Google Chrome?
Start your Chrome and type the URL command “chrome://settings” in the address bar to open settings panel.
When you are inside settings, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see ‘Advanced’, click on it.
At the end of the page, you’ll see ‘Reset settings’, click on it.
You’ll see a prompt with two buttons: ‘Reset’ and ‘Cancel’. Hit on the ‘Reset’ button and Chrome will start resetting your current settings to the default settings.
Open Chrome browser, type ‘chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings’ in the address bar and hit enter. You’ll see a prompt which will ask you to ‘Reset’ or ‘Cancel’. Simply hit on reset and it will start resetting your Google Chrome.
It may take few seconds for Chrome to reset. Remember, you will not see any warning after clicking on ‘Reset’ button neither you will see success message after the completion of resetting. The first thing you should do after resetting Chrome is to check whether your problem is resolved. If yes, then you can go to ‘chrome://extensions’ URL and enable all your extensions.