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Browser care: how to clear your cache

Jan 30, 2020 · 3 min read

Browser care: how to clear your cache

Is your browser running slow or crashing? Do websites look odd or load slowly? Don’t panic – yet. A simple solution might be all you need. Learn how to clear your cache on different browsers.

What is the cache?

A cache is a folder that stores various web elements such as images, HTML page copies, files, etc. It does this to reduce website loading speed and server lag. When you surf the net, your browser automatically stores this data so any websites you return to load faster.

Why clear your cache?

You may wish to delete your cache for the following reasons:

  1. Browsers may sometimes mismanage the accumulated cache. It may slow-down your browser, websites may load slower or appear not as they supposed to;
  2. A cache may also contain your private data, so it is better to store less of it.

How to clear your browser cache

How to clear your cache in Chrome

Desktop

1. Click the three dots on the top right;

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2. Go to More tools -> Clear browsing data;

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3. Choose the time range and elements you wish to delete. Be sure to check the Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files boxes;

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4. Click Clear data.

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iOS

1. Tap the three dots in the bottom right;

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2. Choose History;

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3. Tap Clear browsing data;

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4. Now you can choose the time range and elements you wish to delete. Be sure to check the Cookies, site data and Cached images and files boxes;

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5. Choose Clear browsing data.

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Android

1. Tap the three dots in the top right;

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2. Choose History;

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3. Tap Clear browsing data;

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4. Now you can choose the time range and elements you wish to delete. Be sure to check the Cookies and site data and Cached images and files boxes;

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5. Choose Clear data.

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How to clear your cache in Firefox

Desktop

1. Click on the three stripes in the top-right corner and go to Preferences;

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2. Choose Privacy & security;

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3. Under Cookies & site data, click Clear data;

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4. Choose the data you want to delete and click Clear;

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5. You may also tick Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed. Then the browser will delete this data automatically when you close the browser.

How to clear cache

iOS/Android

1. Click on the three stripes in the bottom-right corner;

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2. Go to Settings;

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3. Tap Data management;

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4. Choose the data you wish to delete and tap Clear private data.

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How to clear your cache in Opera

Desktop

1. Click the three stripes in the top-right corner;

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2. Scroll down and click on Clear browsing data;

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3. Choose the type of data you wish to delete and click Clear data. You can also choose the time period for which you would like to delete your browsing data.

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iOS

1. Tap the three dots in the corner of the search bar;

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2. Choose Settings;

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3. Tap Clear browser data;

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4. Tick the types of data you wish to delete by tapping on the categories and click Clear.

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Android

1. Tap on the red O in the bottom-right corner;

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2. Click Settings;

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3. Choose Clear browsing data…;

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4. Choose the data you wish to delete and click Clear Data.

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How to clear your cache on Safari

Desktop

1. Click Safari on the main menu;

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2. Choose Preferences;

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3. Click Advanced and tick on Show develop menu;

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4. Now choose Develop in the menu bar and click on Empty caches.

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iOS

1. Go to Settings;

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2. Choose Safari;

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3. Tap Clear history and website data;

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4. Tap Clear history and data.

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Some websites may initially work a bit slower after you clear your cache as they need to be loaded from scratch. Clearing your cache isn’t something you should do often but you should try it if your browser isn’t working right.

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Paul Black
Paul Black successVerified author

Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.


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