How to clear cache in Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Edge

Do you clear your browser cache regularly? If not, you should. Your browser’s cache is responsible for storing the data of previously viewed web pages. While the purpose of the cache is to make the pages you visit load faster, it can work against you over time.

Not only can this slow down your browser, but your private information is more vulnerable to intrusion. For whatever browser you’re using, here’s how to clear your cache.

Why you might want to clear your cache

Clearing your browser cache can be useful for several reasons. First, clearing your cached data will force your browser to look for and load the latest web page elements instead of recycling the same old components, whether they’re up to date with developer standards or not.

Additionally, resetting the cache can potentially help with 404, 502, and other errors that may be the result of a corrupted cache. You can also delete any private data you have stored in the form of login IDs, passwords and other sensitive information that you do not want stored on your computer. It’s also a simple trick you can use to remove unnecessary data that might slow down your browser.

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How to clear the cache in Google Chrome

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and select Chrome Menu icon represented by three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser window, and then choose Settings at the bottom of the resulting drop-down menu. (You may have to select Down arrow first gain access to Settings choice).

Step 2: Then select Privacy and security in the left sidebar. Then you’ll want to search Clear browsing data choice. Select it and make sure the box for Cached images and files is checked. You can uncheck the other boxes Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and other website dataand so on … unless you want to delete them at the same time for privacy reasons.

Step 3: Select when you’re ready Clear data start the process. If you’ve been cleaning Chrome for a while, this step can take a long time, so plan accordingly.

If you want to improve the functionality of Chrome now that the cache is cleared, here are ours popular Chrome extensions.

By selecting Clear Data in Firefox.

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How to clear cache in Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox, select the three-bar button in the upper-right corner of the browser window, and select Settings from the resulting drop-down menu.

Step 2: Choose Privacy and security tab located on the left side of the screen and go to Cookies and site data section.

Choose Clear data. You’ll want to make sure the option for Cached web content is checked and then select Transparent.

You can also check the box next to it Delete cookies and site data after closing Firefox to do so automatically when the browser is closed.

How to clear the cache in Safari

Step 1: Launch Safari and then select Safari in the upper left corner of the main menu bar and select Preferences option at the top of the drop-down menu.

Then select Advanced on the top navigation bar and check the box directly at the bottom Show the development menu in the menu bar. Doing so will add a new menu to Safari by default.

Step 2: Choose Develop near the center of the top macOS menu bar, then select Empty caches choice.

By selecting the Clear Browsing Data option in the Opera web browser settings.

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How to clear the cache in Opera

Step 1: Start Opera and then select Menu button in the upper left corner of the browser window.

Choice Settings option from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Choose Privacy and security. Then choose Clear Browsing Data.

Check the box Cached images and files, along with other browser data you want to clear. Then select the time frame you want to clear – to clear the cache completely, select Show — from the drop-down menu. Then select Clear data button in the lower right corner.

Clearing the browser cache in Microsoft Edge.

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How to clear the cache in Microsoft Edge

Step 1: Start the Microsoft Edge browser (support for the Edge Legacy version of the browser ended on March 9, 2021 and we do not recommend using it).

When it loads, select Settings and more menu, which are three horizontal dots in the upper right corner of the browser window. Choose Settingswhich is located at the bottom of the displayed drop-down menu.

Step 2: Choose Privacy, search and services from the left side of the screen. From there, after scrolling down a bit, you will see the Clear Browsing Data section. Choose Select what you want to delete to complete the selection.

On the next screen, check the box next to it Cached images and files and then select Clear now.

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