How to Clear Browser Cache: Easy and Fast!

What you need to know about your Browsers Cache:

Did you know that any web browser you are using is saving How to clear browser cachea significant amount of data every time you visit any website? Well, it does, and the reason for this is to help speed things up when you revisit a website.

This stored data is called “browser cache”, and the data collected by the browsers will include copies of things like images, HTML files, JavaScript, and other content like passwords.

If you are using a computer or a mobile phone just for yourself, browser cache speeds up the loading of the websites that you frequently use. And that is good, right?

However, in more realistic terms, it is a huge problem. Let’s face it; a lot of us share our computers with our friends, family members, and coworkers.

If you have sensitive data in your browser cache, it can be potentially misused or worse, stolen.

I am not saying that everyone out there is trying to steal your data or spy on your browsing habits. They are not!

But think about it for a second; are you comfortable in letting people access your personal and confidential data?

Well, just for security reasons, you should not. Hence, it is crucial that you know how to clear browser cache data regularly.

Has your browser ever acted strangely? Well, this can also help with keeping your browser running smoothly.

After a time all that data can get garbled and can cause your browsers to act up and not perform well. So this is another bonus to clearing your browser’s cache from time to time.

Clearing Browser Cache is Simple:

Clearing browser cache is a simple process once you know how to do it. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a computer wizard to clean your browser cache.

Whether you use any of the top 5 browsers on PC or mobile, this guide will take you through the step-by-step process of cleaning your browser cache.

And if you are not using any of the ones I am covering here, you will at least have an idea of how to do it on any browser after reading this article. So, let’s get cleaning!

Google Chrome:

One of the most popular web browsers in the world, Google Chrome is designed to be very user-friendly. It is easy to clean cache in this browser with just a few clicks of your mouse. Just follow the steps to erase the stored data in Chrome.How to clear browser cache

Open your Chrome browser and click on the ‘three-dot’ menu in the top right-hand corner. You will find this to the right of your address bar.

  • Once the drop-down menu is displayed, click on ‘settings’. This will open a tab with Chrome settings.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “advanced settings.”
  • You will find a button under ‘Privacy’ named ‘clear browsing data.’ Click on the button, and it will open a dialogue box.
  • The dialogue box will have various options such as ‘browsing history,’ ‘download history,’ ‘passwords,’ ‘form data’ and so on.
  • You can select the options you want to erase and hit the button at the end marked ‘clear browsing data.’
  • At the top of this list, you will notice that you can choose how far back you want to clear the data.
  • By clicking on the default “the beginning of time” you will get a drop-down list where you can choose from “the past hour, the past day, the past week, the past 4 weeks”.
  • That’s it! You have now cleared the cache from your Chrome browser!

Pro tip:

  • You can reach the ‘erase browsing data’ dialogue box by typing “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” (without the quotes) in the address bar of the browser. It will take you straight to the dialogue box to select what you want to erase.
  • If you have a Google account and you are signed into Google Chrome, all your browsing data is also stored in your Google account. You can disable it from your account or selectively erase synced data from any of your connected devices.

Safari:How to clear browser cache

Safari is the default web browser on the Mac OS®. It is one of the easiest browsers to get rid of the cached data. All you need to do is click on the main menu and click ‘clear history’ from the drop-down menu.

Doing so will open a small dialogue box that has options to delete history. You can select from “the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history”.

Although it says ‘delete history’ it is deleting a lot more than just your browser history. Doing this will erases the cookies and data cache as well.

Mozilla Firefox:

Another very popular browser, Firefox is used by millions across the world. The latest version of Firefox makes erasing cached data a breeze.

Just follow the following simple steps to clear your cache in Firefox.How to clear browser cache

  • Click the ‘hamburger’ menu in the right corner of your screen. It is the icon consisting of three parallel horizontal lines.
  • Then, click on History and on the next drop-down menu at the top select “Clear Recent History”
  • You will then see a pop-up box with options to select the time range to clear and a list of things to be cleared.
  • If you want to control what to delete like Google Chrome, you will need to go to “Firefox Options”.
  • Here under “Privacy”, you can manage the data that is stored by the browser. You can also tell the browser not to remember anything at all and open private window every time where nothing will be stored.

 Opera:

Although Opera is not as popular as the earlier three browsers, it has come a long way regarding usability and interface. And it also is easy to clear the cache on Opera as well.

  • Click on the settings gear located in the top right corner of the browser under the search bar.
  • In the pop-up screen select “Go to browser settings” located at the bottom of the screen.
  • This will open up a new page where you will select “Privacy & Security”
  • Under the heading “Privacy” click “Clear browsing data”
  • You will then see a window that is identical to Google Chrome, where you can click on the data you want to be cleared from a list and just like in Google Chrome you can select how far back you want to clear the history.
  • The options are “the past hour, the past day, the past week, the past 4 weeks”.
  • Click “Clear browsing data” and you’re all done.How to clear browser cache
  • Pro-Tip: To make it easier you can copy and paste opera://settings/clearBrowserData(without the quotes) into your browser’s address bar, which will eliminate the above steps.

As a matter of fact, Opera is built on the same platform as Google Chrome. That’s why you will find it to be a lot like Google Chrome when using it.

 Microsoft edge and Internet Explorer:

The new and improved Edge browser from Microsoft is available only for the Windows® operating system. It is a reincarnated version of the old Internet Explorer and is designed with ease of use in mind. It is quite easy to clear the cache in this browser as well.

  • Click the familiar ‘three-dot’ menu and go to settings.How to clear browser cache
  • In the next menu, click the button that reads “Choose what to clear” under the heading “Clear browsing data”
  • Click the “show more” to select more options to clear things like cookies, browsing data, passwords, and Pop-up extensions.
  • Once you have your selections checked just click on the “Clear” button and you’re all done.

Although there is no option to clear the browsing data after a specified time like Chrome and Safari, you can ask the browser to remove all data when you close out of the browser.

You can turn that on by clicking the button below the Clear button. That way, the browser will not remember anything from your session at all.

If you are still using Internet Explorer, you can erase the history by clicking on the gear icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Select Internet options from the drop-down menu.

Here, you can choose to erase history and also select an option to clear history every time you exit the browser like in Edge.

OK, now that we got your PC, and Laptop browsers out of the way, let’s take a look at how to clear them on your Mobile browsers. 

How to clear browser cache

Mobile Browsers:

     Safari:How to clear browser cache

Whether you are using iPhone or an iPad, Safari is the mainstay of the iOS environment. It is incredibly easy to remove history from this mobile browser.

  • Just go to ‘settings’ on your device, then click on ‘Safari settings’ and click ‘clear history and browsing data.’
  • Just like that, you have erased all the cached data on your i-device.

You can also delete website data from specific sites as well. Just go to the Settings > Safari and scroll down to Advanced followed by site data. This will load all the sites you visit, and you can erase the data stored by each of them individually.

Pro tip: You can use a “Private Browsing” window in mobile Safari so that the browser does not store any cached data.

      Google Chrome:How to clear browser cache

Google Chrome is available for both iOS and Android platform. To erase history on the mobile version of this popular browser,

  • Just click on the “three-dot’ icon”. This will open a window with the option that says “History.
  • Tapping on it will reveal all your browsing history on all the devices linked to the same Google account.
  • To clear history, just tap the button at the bottom of the screen.

To clear more extensively, you will need to dig a bit deeper.

  • Tap on the ‘three-dot’ menu, and scroll down.
  • Tap the ‘settings’ menu to reveal the second screen.
  • Navigate to the bottom of this display, and you will see a button to erase browsing data like the Chrome for your PC.
  • Tapping on it will open a pop-up window just like you see on your PC. Select the data you want to remove and tap clear! That’s it!

      Firefox:How to clear browser cache

Firefox is also available for both Android and iOS devices. On Android devices,

  • Tap the familiar ‘three-dot’ menu to reveal the history.
  • Then just tap on the button that says clear history, cookies and other data and you are done.
  • If you want a more thorough clean, you can go to Mozilla options and clear individual items just like on the PC side.

For iOS devices, things are a bit different.

  • Go to the settings by tapping the hamburger menu at the bottom of the screen.
  • Here, you can navigate to the bottom to erase all the private data including cache.

     Opera:How to clear browser cache

Opera is available on both iOS and Android ecosystem by the name ‘Opera Mini.’ It is the lighter version of the PC browser. It is like Chrome in look, feel and function. To remove the cached data,

  • Just swipe to the right from the ‘fast dial’ screen of the browser to access the history.
  • Once you are here, just click on the trashcan icon to erase the cached data.

Here is a great video explaining How and Why do I Clear my Browser Cache, and it’s only 5 minutes!

 

Final words on How to Clear Browser Cache:

Browsing privacy is an important issue that you should take very seriously. Make sure that you are deleting all the cached data before you hand over your laptop or mobile device to others. Remember, it is easier to be cautious rather than to regret later! Happy browsing!

Have Any Questions on Clearing your Browser Cache?

Have any questions? Or would you like to leave a comment, I would love to hear any ideas that you have about clearing the browser cache or anything else you would like to share!

You can do so in the comment section below,  have a wonderful day computing at home or office.

And Thanks for Stopping by!

Kim

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6 Comments

  1. Batya

    Thanks for this informative post about browser cache. I’ve recently been learning more about it so this aricle helped explain things a bit. My question is how often should one clear their browser cache? I guess it probably depends on how often you are on the internet but what’s the general “rule”?

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello, great question, if you are not worried about the information that is stored on your browser being accessed by anyone then maybe four or five times a year.

      Now if your browser starts to act badly or slower, you will want to clean it to clear out any junk or corrupt files.

      I hope this has helped, and should you have any more questions I’ll be more than happy to help out!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Kim

      Reply
  2. Lorenzo

    I never clear my browser cache so this was a very useful article for me kim. Since you seem to know so much about computers I have a question for you, my browser which is google chrome runs somewhat slow quite regularly anymore, do you think my cache could be affecting me or do you think that chrome is just slow in general?

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  3. Kim (Post author)

    Hello Lorenzo,

    Excellent question, in fact I will be doing an article on how to speed up the Google Chrome browser when it starts to run slow.

    This does happen from time to time and cleaning everything in your browser should help, if it stills runs slow after clearing the cache and browser history you may want to run Malwarebytes, this is a free program to use to search and delete any malware that might have attached itself to your browser.

    Now if it is still running slow, Google has come out with a Google software removal tool that you can download at https://www.google.com/chrome/srt/ . Download and run the program, it will scan and remove any unwanted programs that may be causing Chrome to run unusual or crashing. It will also get rid of any unexpected ads or toolbars that may have been added.

    I hope this has helped and should you have anymore problems, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can use this email address –kim@everydayhomecompuing.com to contact me.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Kim

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  4. Nikos

    That is a perfect post Kim. You mentioned all the big browsers and the mobile browsers. I was looking for that for some time now and i am sure many others did too.
    Clearing your browser’s cache is very important. i use Google Chrome should i be choosing the option “the beginning of time” when i clear my cache?

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    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey there Nikos, thanks for stopping by! I’m happy you found this article helpful, and if you think your friends or family would benefit from this, well, why not share this with them.

      To answer your questions, I personally choose the beginning of time when I clear mine out, but if for some reason there is something that you wish to be saved like login information to any of your websites. Well I would then just clear the past week or 4 weeks if you are not on the internet everyday.

      I hope this has helped you, and if you have any furthers question, don’t be shy, just give me a shout!

      Kim

      Reply

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