When you’re on Google Chrome, you might notice that pages load quicker if you’ve already visited them. That’s because of the cache feature on Chrome; it’s a store of data that helps your browser render pages a little faster. However, it can be useful to carry out a process calling “clearing cache” from time to time, for a variety of reasons. Let’s explore how to clear cache in Google Chrome, and why it could be a good idea.
Firstly, what is cached data? When you browse the internet, moving from page to page, numerous subtle processes are active behind the scenes. One of those involves your browser cache. When you visit a page, Chrome will save some of the information from that website and keep it in your cache.
Then, the next time you visit the page, it will open faster, because your browser already has some of the site’s data ready to load. Want to see it in action? Note how many seconds it takes to visit a website for the first time. Then load the page again, and your Chrome browser will almost certainly open the page faster than before.
Most people want the fastest internet experience possible, so a cache just makes sense. However, there may be some circumstances in which clearing your cache is not a bad idea.
There are definitely some good reasons to clear cached data from time to time.
Your experience on Chrome won’t really change that much when you clear your cache. Pages will load a little more slowly when you first visit them, but then the data will be cached again, so the process will speed back up.
Clearing your cached data on Chrome is a very similar process to removing cookies or managing your history; in fact, all these settings appear on the same page. Emptying your cache while also clearing your history and cookies will give you a more “blank-slate” experience the next time you go online.
You can also choose to delete cookies and browsing history while you’re clearing your cache. Check out our step-by-step article on the subject to find out more about clearing cookies.
Good news! Because the Chrome browser app is largely uniform across all smartphones, these instructions will help you on both Android and iOS devices.
Clearing your cache can be useful, but it’s rarely essential. It’s important to know what information your browser stores, however, and what control you have over it.
The more you understand the settings on your Chrome browser, the better prepared you’ll be to manage and protect your data.
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