How to reset Chrome to default settings

How to reset Chrome to default settings

Last updated: November 10, 2017 

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One day you wake up, and things in Google Chrome have run amok. You’d like to know why, but it is anybody’s guess. A corrupt app or extension update could be responsible. Or an app update changed your settings to something you weren’t expecting. Sometimes a fresh start is all you need, and the time to reset Chrome to default settings may have arrived. Fortunately, Chrome makes it easy to set things right if needed.

Before resetting Chrome, though, keep in mind some of the settings that will revert back to the default. If you’ve set a homepage, or a search engine other than Google, you will need to change them again. The new tabs page and any pinned tabs will also change. Resetting will disable extensions and themes, and clear site data and cookies. Saved passwords, history and bookmarks, however, will not be impacted by a reset.

Head for Advanced Settings

To reset Chrome to default settings, launch Google Chrome. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button reset Chrome to default settings and click Settings.

reset Chrome to default settings

Scroll down and click the Show advanced settings… link.

reset Chrome to default settings

Scroll down to the bottom of the Advanced Settings to the Reset settings section. Click the Reset settings button.

reset Chrome to default settings

A dialog explains what will happen when you click the Reset button. For more detailed information, click the Learn more link in the dialog. You will notice a checkbox is pre-checked for Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings. To review what those settings are before you report them, click the question mark icon at the end of the sentence. Uncheck the box if you don’t want to report the settings. Next, click the Reset button.

reset Chrome to default settings

No confirmation page or dialog confirms the reset was successful or not. At this point, check to see if the issue that compelled you to reset Chrome still exists. As for clean-up tasks, start by re-enabling your third-party extensions. Just type chrome://extensions/ into the address bar/omnibox, or click reset Chrome to default settings > More tools > Extensions. Next, restore your homepage, new tabs page, search engine choice and any pinned tabs.


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