Reset Chrome for Android to default settings (Step-by-Step Guide)

Resetting the Chrome browser settings to their default it’s an easy task on Windows or Mac, however, when it comes to Android this can’t be done directly because it’s not an option built-in into the browser settings.
Restoring the Chrome browser settings on Android can be done by clearing the application data. This will remove all the cookies, cache, and other site settings that may have been saved. So let’s see how we can do restore Chrome to its factory settings.

How To Reset Chrome Browser Settings on Android Phone

  1. Open your device’s “Settings” menu, then tap on “Apps”

    To reset Chrome’s settings from your Android device, go to the Settings menu, then tap on Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device).

    Go to Apps

  2. Find and tap on the Chrome app.

    The “Apps” screen will be displayed with a list of all the apps installed on your device. Scroll through the list until you find the Chrome app.
    Find and tap on the Chrome app.

  3. Tap “Storage”.

    Chrome’s “App info” menu should now be displayed. Tap on “Storage“.
    Tap on Storage

  4. Tap “Manage Space”.

    Under the storage settings, you will get two options — Manage Space and Clear Cache. Tap on “Manage Space”.
    Tap on Manage Space

  5. Tap “Clear all data”.

    Tap “Clear all data” to delete all Chrome’s data including accounts, bookmarks and save the setting in order to reset it defaults.
    Tap on Clear All Data

  6. Confirm by tapping “Ok”.

    A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, tap “Ok”.
    Tap Ok to reset Chrome

How to remove malware from Android. Clean-up your Android smartphone from malware.

While resetting Google Chrome may remove the malware from the browser, your Android phone may still be infected with adware, potentially unwanted programs or other forms of malware.
The below steps are optional and are meant to be used if you still having issues with adware, browser hijackers or any other form of malware after resetting Google Chrome.
This malware removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that are being used. We have only written it this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove malware for free.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
To remove adware, browser hijackers, or malware from Android, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Uninstall the malicious apps from Android

Android phones can get infected with viruses from malicious apps that are installed on smartphones. In this first step, we will try to identify and uninstall any malicious app that might be installed on your Android phone.

  1. Open your device’s “Settings” app, then click on “Apps”

    To uninstall the malicious app from your Android device, go to the Settings menu, then click on Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device).
    [Image: Go to Settings and select Apps]

  2. Find the malicious app and uninstall it.

    The “Apps” screen will be displayed with a list of all the apps installed on your device. Scroll through the list until you find the malicious app.

    In our case the malicious app is “BaDoink” however this will most likely be different in your case. These are some known malicious apps: BaDoink, Porn-player, Browser update 1.0, Flash Player, Porn Droid or System Update.

    Other apps that are not malicious, however, are known to display unwanted ads are: Peel Smart Remote, ES File Explorer, Xender, Amber Weather Widget, GO Weather Forecast & Widgets, Kitty Play, Touchpal, Z Camera.

    Look out for any suspicious apps that could be behind all the drama – anything you don’t remember downloading or that doesn’t sound like a genuine Android service. Click the app’s name to open its dedicated App Info page.

    If you cannot find the malicious app, we advise you to uninstall all the recently installed applications.

    [Image: Search for the malicious app that is locking your Android phone]

  3. Click on “Uninstall”

    Tap on the app you’d like to uninstall. This won’t start the app but will open up the program’s App Info screen. If the app is currently running press the Force stop button. Next, we will clear the cache and data, and we will uninstall the unwanted app.

    1. First, tap on the Clear Cache button to remove the cache.
    2. Next, tap on the Clear data button to remove the app data from your Android phone.
    3. And finally, tap on the Uninstall button to remove the malicious app.

    [Image: Touch the app you’d like to uninstall]

    If the Uninstall button is grayed out (this may happen if your phone is infected with the Android Screen Locker malware) then go to:
    1. Settings > Security > Device administrators.
    2. Tap the app that you cannot uninstall.
    3. Choose “Deactivate” > “OK” and immediately shut down your device.
    4. Start your device again and then uninstall the malicious app.
  4. Click on “OK”.

    A confirmation dialog should be displayed for the malicious app, click on “OK” to remove the malicious app from your Android phone.
    [Image: Remove malicious app from Android phone]

  5. Restart your phone.

    Restart your Android device to complete the removal process.

STEP 2: Use Malwarebytes to remove adware and pop-up ads

Malwarebytes is one of the most popular and most used anti-malware app, and for good reasons. It is able to destroy many types of malware that other software tends to miss, without costing you absolutely nothing. When it comes to cleaning up an infected device, Malwarebytes has always been free and we recommend it as an essential tool in the fight against malware.

The first time you install Malwarebytes, you’re given a free 30-day trial of the premium edition, which includes preventative tools like real-time scanning and anti-theft features. After 30 days, it automatically reverts to the basic free version that will detect and clean up malware infections only when you run a scan.

  1. Download Malwarebytes.

    You can download Malwarebytes by clicking the link below.

    (The above link open a Google Play Store from where you can download Malwarebytes)
  2. Install Malwarebytes on your device

    In the Google Play Store, tap “Install” to install Malwarebytes on your device.

    Malwarebytes for Android - Google Play App

    When the installation process has finished, tap “Open” to begin using Malwarebytes for Android.
    Malwarebytes for Android - Open App

  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup process

    When the Malwarebytes will open, you will see the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard which will guide you through the Malwarebytes for Android takes you through a series of permissions and other setup options.
    This is the first of two screens which explain the difference between the Premium and Free version. Swipe this screen to continue.
    Malwarebytes for Android Setup Wizard 1
    Click on “Got it” to proceed to the next step.
    Malwarebytes for Android Setup Wizard 2
    Malwarebytes for Android will now ask for a set of permissions that are required to scan your device and protect it from malware. Tap on “Give permission” to continue.
    Malwarebytes for Android Setup Wizard 3
    Tap on “Allow” to give permission to Malwarebytes to access the files on your device.
    Malwarebytes for Android - Setup Wizard 5

  4. Update database and run a scan with Malwarebytes

    You will now be prompted to update the database and run a full system scan.

    Malwarebytes for Android - Fix Issues

    Click on “Update database” to update the Malwarebytes anti-malware definitions to the latest version, then click on “Run full scan” to perform a system scan.

    Update databsased then Run a full scan with Malwarebytes

  5. Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to complete.

    Malwarebytes will now start scanning your devices for adware and other malicious apps. This process can take a few minutes, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
    Malwarebytes for Android - Scanning for Malware

    Malwarebytes for Android - Scanning for Malware 2

  6. Click on “Remove Selected”.

    When the scan has completed, you will be presented with a screen showing the malware infections that Malwarebytes has detected. To remove the malicious apps that Malwarebytes has found, click on the “Remove Selected” button.
    Malwarebytes for Android - Removing Malware

  7. Restart your device.

    Malwarebytes will now remove all the malicious apps that it has found. To complete the malware removal process, Malwarebytes may ask you to restart your device.
    When the malware removal process is complete, you can close Malwarebytes and continue with the rest of the instructions.

Your Chrome browser settings should now be restored to their default. If you are still experiencing problems while trying to reset Chrome, or trying to remove malware from your Android phone, you ask for help in our Malware Removal Assistance For Mobile forum.