If you have limited space on your hard drive or SSD, you may begin to look for ways to free up more space. During this process, you may discover that content inside AppData/Local/Google/Chrome is taking up more space like 5GB or more, and you are curious about what happens if I clear or empty the content of the Chrome folder in Windows. If so, you've come to the right place. You may have begun to clean out your hard drive or SSD.
First and foremost, what is in the Chrome Folder under the path AppData/Local/Google/Chrome?
First and foremost, keep in mind that AppData is a hidden folder, as most users should not be aware of it. To view the contents of the Chrome folder, you must unhide the AppData folder. To unhide the AppData folder, navigate to C:/Users/<username>, where the username is your computer username, in my case ASUS. Then, at the top, click View, and then check the Hidden items checkbox. Then, as shown in the screenshot below, you will see the AppData folder.
Then navigate to the Chrome folder inside AppData/Local/Google/
One of the main folders in this chrome folder is called User Folder. It is a special folder for your Chrome Browser. It saves all the changes you make to your Chrome, such as bookmarks information, cookies, chrome toolbars, extensions, apps, saved passwords, browser settings, and others per installation local state.
Which folder consumes more space in Chrome?
The most space-consuming folders within the User Data folder are the
Profile XX folders. XX could be 01, 02, or any other number. Chrome browser profile information is stored in the Profile Folder. And each profile stores its own information such as bookmarks, cookies, history, extensions, and so on. If you have more chrome profiles then there is more chance that the overall used size of Chrome folder increased and finally available storage space on HDD or SSD decreased.
Can I delete Chrome Folder?
My advice is not to delete folders at first because they may contain a lot of information in your browser profile that is important to you.
So, try clearing the profile's cache first, as this may reduce the amount of space used.
Simply open your browser and navigate to your Chrome profile.
DEL and select a Time range for all and click on Clear Data.
After clearing the cache and history, I can clearly see some of the space being reduced here, and if you want to remove everything, you can delete the Profile Folder within Chrome. If you do not want Profile and Default Chrome, as well as their information cookies, bookies, history, passwords, and so on, simply delete the Chrome Folder.
If you are using another version of Chrome then the location of the User Data folder is different.
- For Chrome Browser, the chrome folder is located under
- For Chrome Beta, the chrome folder is located under
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome Beta\User Data
- For Chrome Canary, the chrome folder is located under
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data
- For Chromium, the chrome folder is located under
Then go to the following path and delete the User Data content. As user data contents, the Profile and Default folders take up more space.
This way, you can choose whether to delete the entire chrome folder or just the cache and history.