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  1. tim091

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    Whe I launch Chrome it shows a number in a square box on the toolbar. Touching this shows every web page I have ever opened!!

    It doesn't clear after a session, which I would expect it to do.

    Yes, I can go into settings and clear browsing history but can I stop it from keeping these pages cached in the first place? Or at least have it clear after a session.

    It seems utterly pointless to hold a cached page that I once visited 6 months ago!

     

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  2. Dannydet

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    Thanks Dannydet. Not sure that is the same problem though. I am not talking about the Android Recent Apps display (this shows just the current Chrome page).

    I mean within Chrome, next to the address box is a number in a square box. Tapping that shows all the tabs you have opened since you last manually cleared that list.
     
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    Correct, background tabs in Chrome still running in the background. No fix for this on Android
     
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    But like, running forever?! I power my phone off every night so when I power it back up and launch Chrome (or maybe before I launch Chrome) it is pulling in all those pages again? Or maybe pulling a cached version from memory?

    Whatever, it confirms my ever growing feeling that Android is a pile of poo with far too much "behind the scenes" stuff going on that the user has no control over.

    Thanks for your input though mate, appreciated.
     
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    That's Chrome settings, not Android. Blame Google for this non option
     
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    Hi,
    Go to settings>storage>apps>chrome
    Uninstall updates.
    Open chrome settings.
    Scroll down to
    Merge tabs and apps.
    Enable the option.
    Now open google play store menu my apps and games.
    Update chrome.
     
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    Fair point. :)
     
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    Settings - Storage & USB (no storage option) - Device Storage - apps - Chrome just gives me options to Clear Data and Clear Cache.

    Settings - General - Phone Management - Apps - Chrome just gives me options to Force Stop or Disable.
     
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    Merge tabs and apps on / off option is not available for latest updates.
    Is it possible for a factory reset
    Try in that way.
    Once activated it doesn't matter for updates.

    https://goo.gl/photos/hGagNgxee4n3T3wi8
     
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    Just like on the desktop, Chrome keeps a page loaded in a tab until you close that tab. On mobile, though, apps like Chrome don't fully close - when you leave them, they store their current state so that you can pick up where you left off the next time you open it. (It operates a bit like the "On Startup: Continue where you left off" setting in desktop Chrome.)

    I don't think there's really a way to defeat that as it is exactly how the browser is designed to function. You can, however, relatively painlessly close out all tabs when you are finished with a browsing session. Do this by pressing the tabs button, then the three-dot menu button in the top left, and select the "Close all tabs" option. That will start you from a fresh slate. :)
     
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    You could just sign out of Chrome. Then it will stop syncing.
     

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