Can I empty AppData/Local/Google/Chrome to save space?


👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 Oct 22 2022    📁 TECH

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. 

Chrome Folder Consuming More HDD or SSD Space
fig. Chrome Folder Consuming More Disk Space

First and foremost, what is in the Chrome Folder under the path AppData/Local/Google/Chrome?

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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.

Unhide AppData Folder
fig. Unhide AppData Folder 

 

Then navigate to the Chrome folder inside AppData/Local/Google/Chrome path 

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 Default and 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. 

Inside Chrome Folder, Profile and default folders consuming more space
fig. Inside Chrome Folder, the Profile and default folder consume more space 

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.

Then, hold CTRL + SHIFT + DEL and select a Time range for all and click on Clear Data.

📚 By default, it will clean up your Browsing History (including the history that was entered into the search box), Cookies and other site data (including signing you out of most sites), Cache pictures and files, and other similar data. If you do not want to clear out that file then you can uncheck the check box.
Clear Chrome Data
fig. Clear Chrome Data
Also read: How to disable Chrome History Deletion?

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.

Don't worry, removing the Chrome folder does not delete the Chrome browser. You can launch the Chrome browser and create new profiles as needed.

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 %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data
  • 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  %LOCALAPPDATA%\Chromium\User Data

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.

Also read: Difference between Google Chrome and Google Chrome Beta

Conclusion:

This way, you can choose whether to delete the entire chrome folder or just the cache and history.

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