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How to clear your browser cache

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One of the best ways to recover space on your computer or phone — or to fix a problem that may have been caused by a temporary file ruining works — is also one of the simplest: clearing the browser cache. However, unless you were instructed to clear your cache sometime in the past, you may not be aware of this otherwise invisible feature.

Here’s how to clear your cache on major browsers and on your Android or iOS devices. We’ve also included instructions on how to clear the data for a single site if you need to.

Chrome

Check the box for cached images and files.

Check the box for cached images and files.

  • Click on the three dots in the top right corner
  • Select in the desktop version More tools > Clear browsing data… Select in the mobile app Settings > Privacy & Security > Clear Browsing Data
  • Make sure the Cached images and files box is checked. (You can also choose to clear your browsing history and cookies if you’d like – click the Advanced tab if you want to get more specific.)
  • Use the Time frame drop-down menu to choose how far back to go. (In case of clearing your cache, Always is the best.)
  • Click on the clear data knob.

Clear the data for a specific site

  • Click on the three dots at the top right
  • Select Settings > Privacy & Security > Cookies and other site data
  • Scroll down and click View all cookies and site data.
  • Look for the name of the website in the top right corner and select the trash can icon on the right.

Safari

Clear.  history box on Safari

It is very easy to clean up everything in Safari.

Interestingly, Safari makes it really easy to clear all your data — including cache, browsing history, and cookies — in one fell swoop. But it’s not that obvious if you just want to clear your browser cache.

To do it the easy way:

  • In the Safari browser on your desktop, go to the main menu and select Safari > Clear History…
  • Select the time period (last hour, today, today and yesterday, all history) you want to clear and click Clear history
  • Or, on your iPhone, tap the bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like an open book) and then the History icon (the clock).
  • Tap the Clear button and select your time period.

If you just want to clear the browser cache in your web browser, things are a little more complicated.

  • See if there is one To develop section in the main menu of your Safari. If not, go to Safari > Preferences… > Advanced and check Show Develop in menu bar
  • click on Develop > Clear caches

Clear the data for a specific site

  • click on Safari > Preferences…
  • Click on the Privacy tab and then Manage website data…
  • You will get a list of websites. To remove one, click it and then click remove† To remove all website data from Safari, click clear all

Microsoft Edge

The Edge browsers for desktop and mobile are different enough, so we’ll describe the process separately.

desktop browser

Just like in Chrome, check the appropriate box to clear your cache.

Just like in Chrome, check the appropriate box to clear your cache.

  • Click on the three dots in the top right corner
  • Select Settings > Privacy, Search & Services
  • Scroll down to Delete browsing history and click Choose what you want to delete
  • Make sure that Cached images and files is checked (and check any other data you want to clear)
  • Use the Time frame drop-down list to select the last hour, last 24 hours, last four weeks or always
  • click on It’s clear now

Clear the data for a specific site

  • Click on the three dots at the top right
  • Select Settings > Cookies and site permissions > Manage and delete cookies and site data
  • Scroll down and click View all cookies and site data.
  • Look for the website name in the top right corner or scroll down to find it
  • Click the “down” arrow next to the site name and then use the trash can icons to delete the cookies and data.
  • You can also use the buttons at the top to Delete all shown or Delete third-party cookies

Mobile browser

In Mobile Edge, click the bottom three dots and then choose Settings.

In Mobile Edge, click the bottom three dots and then choose Settings.

You can ensure that all browsing data is cleared upon exit.

You can ensure that all browsing data is cleared upon exit.

  • Tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen and select Settings > Privacy & Security
  • Select Delete browsing history
  • Make sure that Cached images and files is checked and use the drop-down menu to choose your time range.
  • If you want, you can enable Clear browsing data on exit to erase all your data every time you exit Edge.

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