Sometimes, your browser gets bogged down by old data and it can slow down your experience online. You may not think about clearing the cache very often, but if you’re experiencing a slow computer or internet connection this could be why! In this article we’ll explain what browser cache is and how to clear it so that you can get back to browsing faster.
In Chrome, you can clear your cache by following these steps:
- To open the Settings menu in Chrome, click the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner of your browser window and then choose Settings.
- In the Settings menu, scroll down to “Advanced” and click it. This will take you to another page with more options and settings for Chrome that are beyond what we’ll discuss here. Look for “Clear browsing data” and click Clear browsing data….
- Click each time period (e.g., Last hour or Last day) until all items except “Cached images and files” are selected; then select Clear Browsing Data.
To clear your Firefox cache, do the following:
- Open Firefox
- Type about:cache in the address bar and press Enter on your keyboard or click on the “Enter” button on your mouse if you have a mouse connected to your computer.
- Click on Clear Now button located at the bottom of this page if you want to quickly clear all caches in your browser or select individual cache data by clicking on one of them and then clicking Clear Selection button to clear only that part of your cache data from memory.
Here’s how to clear your browser cache in the Edge browser:
- Press the F12 key.
- Click on the Clear Browsing Data button.
- Select the Cached data and files option.
- Click the Clear button.
- Go to the menu
- Select Settings
- Select Safari
- Under Clear History and Website Data, select the checkbox next to “Clear history when quitting Safari” and then click on Clear History and Data
Always clear your cache and cookies to start with a clean slate.
Clear your history and temporary files, too.
Use private browsing or incognito mode for extra security if you’re concerned about privacy issues when using the internet.
If you have another browser installed on your computer (like Chrome or Firefox), try switching over from time to time; it could make things faster!
We hope you’ve found this article helpful! We’re just here to help you, and we know how frustrating it can be when your browser starts acting up. Now that you know how to clear the cache on all of our recommended browsers, make sure you do so regularly to avoid problems in future.