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As you browse your web pages, cache stores a temporary memory of the recent web pages. It is beneficial as it quickly allows you to get back to a page without having to download it.

Your browser may not work correctly sometimes, and one of the main reasons can be a full hard drive space due to cache.

How to Clear Browser Cache

Hence, clearing cache is a significant fix to solve your browser issues. In this post, we’ll guide you on how to clear cache in all the popular browsers.

However, before that, let’s know more about cache and reasons to clear them.

What is Cache?

Browser cache pronounced as cash. It collects all the information about web pages like images, media, texts, etc. Cache is stored in your hard drive of your PC or phone storage of your smartphone.

It becomes convenient for you to load pages directly and reduce bandwidth by quickly viewing a site which you have visited.

Why Should your Clear Cache?

Well, you don’t have to clear your browser cache every day, but we suggest you do it regularly. Here’s why:

1. To free up space on your hard drive: If you don’t clear your cache and browse many websites, the cache can grow to a large size and use much space on your hard drive.

2. Corrupt Browser cache: Corrupt browse cache can be due to some corrupt data in a website, and you may face 404 or 502 errors.

 3. Clear any private data: Cache might also save your log IDs, passwords or any other personal data. You should clear your browser cache to delete any such sensitive personal information.

Clearing your browser cache can also delete any unwanted information which slows down the performance of your browser. Now let’s get started to clear cache in your browser.

How to Clear Cache in Browser?

Clearing Cache is any popular browser an easy task, as your browser offers you practical tools to clear them quickly. Check out the method to clear cache in each browser below.

1. Clear Cache in Google Chrome

Quickly clear cache in Google Chrome in the Settings menu. Here’s how-

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Go to the Google Chrome’s menu icon (three horizontal lines to the upper-right corner)
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu

Clear Cache in Google Chrome

  • Now, hit the Show advanced settings
  • Here you can see Privacy settings, tap on the Clear browsing data
  • In the Clear browsing data window, under the Obliterate the following from menu, check the Empty the cache option

Clear Cache in Google Chrome

  • Now select from the period you want to clear your cache from

For Example– if you wish to delete the entire browsing cache, select the beginning of time from the pop-up list.

You have successfully cleared the selected cache from your Google Chrome browser.

2. Safari

Let’s clear browsing cache in your Safari browser on your macOS or iOS devices. To do so,

  • Open Safari
  • In the menu bar (to the upper-left corner), click Safari
  • Now, select Preferences from the drop-down menu
  • Hit the Advanced option
  • Check the box to the left of “show develop” menu in menu bar and add the menu to Safari
  • To clear the cache- hit the Develop menu (in the middle of the main Safari menu)
  • Choose Empty caches icon

Safari

Done! Your Safari cache is cleared.

3. Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Hit the three bars (to the upper-right corner)
  • Select Options from the drop-down list

Mozilla Firefox

  • In the Options window, hit the Advanced option (to the right of the navigation bar)
  • Click on the Network tab
  • Now, under the Cached Web Content section, tap on the Clear Now button

Mozilla Firefox

  • Once it is done, Hit the OK button (to the bottom-right corner) to save the changes

Mozilla Firefox browser cache is cleared successfully.

4. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is now a default web browser replacing Internet Explorer. Follow the steps listed below to clear cache in Edge-

  • Open Edge and go to the Settings button (three dots in the upper-right corner)
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu

  • Under the Clear browser data, select choose what to clear

 

  • Here you can select the things you want to clear. It can be cookies and history too
  • Make sure that you the check the boxes of ‘Cached data and files’

Microsoft Edge

  • Now, hit the Clear button

Microsoft Edge

All the cache you have selected according to your choices is now deleted from your Edge browser.

5. Opera

Opera is available for both Mac and Windows devices. So, to clear cache in Opera, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Launch Opera
  • Hit the Menu icon (to the upper-left corner)
  • From the drop-down list, select the Settings icon
  • Tap on the Privacy & security panel
  • Click on the Clear browsing data option

Opera

  • Here, check the Cached images and files box and the cache data you want to clear

Note- if you want to clear entire Opera cache, select the beginning of time from the drop-down list and click on the Clear browsing data icon.

6. Internet Explorer

You can quickly clear cache in your Internet Explorer by the following steps.

  • Open InternetExplorer and hit the Tools button (gear-shaped icon to the upper-right corner)
  • Choose Internet icon from the drop-down menu
  • A General options tab opens up or clicks on the General tab (the leftmost tab)
  • Hit the Delete button (in the history section)
  • Check the Temporary Internet files and websites files boxes and all the browser data you want to clear

Internet Explorer

  • Once it is done, click on the Delete icon (to the bottom-right corner) to save the changes

Although, Internet Explorer refers browser cache as temporary internet files, however, they both are the same.

That’s all! We suggest you keep a check on your browser’s cache regularly and make sure that you manage them well for your browser to work efficiently. Have any other browser cache issues?

Drop down your queries in the comments section below. 


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2 comments
  1. Lindsay N Pevny
    December 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Ooh, I never thought about how my cache could be filling up my hard-drive, time for a quick clean-up!

    Reply
    • DTP Editor
      December 11, 2018 at 1:51 am

      Yes, the cache stored in your computer’s hard drive can eventually make your PC slow. It’s a good practice to keep clearing the cache to keep your PC’s performance up.

      Reply
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