How to stop Chrome or Edge from saving browsing history and data

If you want prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computers, this article will help you follow the process. You can tell Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge not to save browsing data even if you’re using normal browsing mode. It is possible to set things up using the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor.

Normally, if you browse websites in the normal browsing window, all data is stored on your computer. The same does not happen when using private or incognito mode. However, let’s say you want to browse the internet in normal browsing mode, but you don’t want to save any data. In such situations, you can follow this step-by-step guide.

Prevent Chrome from saving browsing history and data using Group Policy

To prevent Chrome from saving browser history using Group Policy, follow these steps:

  1. To research gpedit.msc and click on the individual search result.
  2. Go to Google Chrome in Setting up a computer.
  3. Double click on the Disable saving browser history setting.
  4. Select the Authorized option.
  5. Click it Okay button.

To learn more about these steps, keep reading.

First, click on the search icon on the taskbar and search for gpedit.msc. Once you get the search result, click on the individual result to open the Local Group Policy Editor. After that navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome

Here you can find a parameter named Disable saving browser history. You need to double click on it and select the Authorized option.

Click it Okay button to save the change.

If you want to allow Chrome to save browser history, you need to open the same setting and choose the Not configured option.

How to prevent Chrome from saving browsing history and data using the registry

To prevent Chrome from saving browser history using the registry, follow these steps:

  1. hurry Win + R > type regedit > press the Enter button.
  2. Click it Yes button.
  3. Move towards Strategies in HKLM.
  4. Right click on Policies > New > Key.
  5. Set name as google.
  6. Right click on Google > New > Key.
  7. Name it like Chromium.
  8. Right click on Chrome > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  9. Set name as Browser history logging disabled.
  10. Double click it to set the value data as 1.
  11. Click it Okay button and restart your computer.

Let’s look at these steps in more detail.

At first, you need to open Registry Editor on your computer. To do this, press Win + R > type regedit > press the Enter button and click the Yes option in the UAC prompt.

Then you need to navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies

Right click on Policies > New > Keyand set the name as google. Then right click on the google key > New > Key and name it like Chromium.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

After that you need to create a REG_DWORD value. To do this, right click on the Chromium key > New > DWORD (32-bit) value and name it like Browser history logging disabled.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

Then double click on the REG_DWORD value to set the value data as 1.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

Click it Okay button and restart your computer. However, if you want to undo the change, double-click the same REG_DWORD value and set the Value data to 0. You can also delete the REG_DWORD value. To do this, right-click on it, select the Remove option, and click the Yes button.

Prevent Edge from saving browsing history and data using Group Policy

To prevent Edge from saving browser history using Group Policy, follow these steps:

  1. hurry Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button.
  3. Move towards Microsoft Edge in Setting up a computer.
  4. Double click on the Disable saving browser history setting.
  5. Select the Authorized option.
  6. Click it Okay button.

Let’s detail the steps.

To get started, you need to open the Local Group Policy Editor. To do this, press Win + R > type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button. Once opened, navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge

Find it Disable saving browser history setting on the right side and select the Authorized option.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

Click it Okay button to save the change. As usual, if you want to set the factory setting, you need to open the same setting in the local group policy editor and select either the Not configured Where Disabled option.

How to Prevent Edge from Saving Browsing History and Data Using Registry

To prevent Edge from saving browser history using the registry, follow these steps:

  1. To research regedit in the taskbar search box.
  2. Click on the individual search result.
  3. Click on the Yes button.
  4. Move towards Microsoft in HKLM.
  5. Right click on Microsoft > New > Key.
  6. Name it like Edge.
  7. Right click on Edge > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  8. Set name as Browser history logging disabled.
  9. Double click it to set the value data as 1.
  10. Click it Okay button and restart your PC.

To learn more about these steps, keep reading.

First, you need to open Registry Editor on your PC. To do this, search regedit in the search box on the taskbar, click on the individual search result and click on the Yes button in the UAC prompt.

Then navigate to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoft

However, if you cannot find the Microsoft key, you must create it manually. To do this, right click on Policies > New > Keyand name it Microsoft.

Then right click on the Microsoft > New > Key and set the name as Edge.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

After that you need to create a REG_DWORD value. To do this, right click on Edge > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

Name it like Browser history logging disabled and double click it to set the value data. You must enter 1 as value data.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

When finished, click the Okay and restart your computer to save the change.

If you want to allow Edge to save browsing history, you have two options in hand. First, you can set the value data of SavingBrowserHistoryDisabled to 0. Second, you can remove this REG_DWORD value. To do this, open Registry Editor, navigate to the same path mentioned earlier, and right-click on the SavingBrowserHistoryDisabled REG_DWORD value. Then select the Remove option in the context menu and click on the Yes button in the confirmation window.

To note: If you can’t find the group policy path, it’s because you haven’t installed the respective templates. To use the group policy guides mentioned above, you need to install the group policy templates for Edge and Google Chrome.

How to stop Microsoft Edge from saving browsing history?

To prevent Microsoft Edge from saving browsing history on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you need to follow the above-mentioned guides. You can configure things through Group Policy and Registry Editor. In Group Policy, navigate to Microsoft Edge in Setting up a computer. Double click on the Disable saving browser history setting and select the Authorized option. Then click on the Okay button to save the change.

Does Microsoft Edge save search history?

Yes, like all other browsers, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc., Microsoft Edge also saves search history. However, things are not the same if you use the private window to browse the Internet. It is possible to get rid of this parameter by following this tutorial. For this, you need to install Group Policy Templates for Edge. Alternatively, you can also use Registry Editor.

That’s all! I hope this guide has helped.

Read: Prevent deletion of browser history and download history in Microsoft Edge.

How to prevent Chrome or Edge from saving browser history

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