How to Clear Browser Cache on Chrome, iPhone, and More

How to Clear Browser Cache on Chrome, iPhone, and More

While a cache improves your browsing experience by making websites load faster, excessive data can cause a slower loading speed or poor device performance.

To solve that problem, this article will show how to clear your cache on various desktop and mobile browsers. We will also discuss what the browser cache is and why you should clear it.

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What Is Browser Cache and Why Do You Need to Clear It?

The browser cache stores temporary internet files in the local computer memory. When you first visit a website, the browser saves various website data, such as images, HTML, and CSS, as cached data.

The next time you visit the same website, it will load quicker since the browser loads the files from the cache, not from a remote web server.

However, a cache can also cause problems. Over time, the files accumulated within the cache can take up a significant amount of disk space, causing your browser to work slowly.

Also, you may not be able to see changes or new content on a website as the browser will be serving up the site’s cached version. Therefore, we recommend clearing the browser cache regularly.

How to Clear Cache on Desktop Browsers

This section will discuss how to clear cache on computer browsers.

Important! Keep in mind that when you first access a website after clearing all the cache, you might experience a longer site loading time since all the resources have to be delivered from the web server and are no longer available locally.

How to Clear Cache on Google Chrome

Follow these steps to delete cache on Google Chrome:

  1. Click the three-dots icon at the top-right corner of the browser window.
The three dots on the right side of the browser bar in Google Chrome, showing the "More tools" option for "Clear browsing data"
  1. Go to More tools -> Clear browsing data.
  2. Select a preferred Time range – the available option ranges from Last hour to All time.
Clear browsing data basic settings in Chrome
  1. Select the type of website data to clear. Tick the Cached images and files checkbox to clear your browser cache only. You can also select Browsing history and Cookies and other site data, but note that it will affect all synced devices and sign you out of most sites.
  2. Click the Clear data button.

Pro Tip

Windows users can go to the Clear Chrome Browsing Data tab by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete.

Mac OS users can use the Chrome keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+Delete.

How to Clear Mozilla Firefox Cache

  1. Click the hamburger icon at the top-right of Mozilla’s window. Select History.
The hamburger icon at the top right of Mozilla's browser, highlighting the "History" option
  1. Click Clear recent history.
The "Clear recent history" option under "History" in Mozilla's menu bar
  1. Select the Time range to clear on the dropdown menu. Mozilla gives the option to clear browser cache from several hours, today, or everything.
Clear All History window in Mozilla - ticking the "Cache" option
  1. All options under the History section are selected by default. Make sure to only check the Cache box.
  2. Click the OK button.

Pro Tip

Windows users can use Ctrl+Shift+Delete to quick-access the clearing tab.

Mac OS users can do the same by pressing Command+Shift+Delete.

How to Clear Cache on Safari

Now you’ll learn how to clear cache on Mac if you use Safari. All you need to do is to navigate to Develop -> Empty Caches on the Safari menu bar at the top of the screen.

The "Develop" section in Safari's top menu bar, highlighting the "Empty cache" option in the dropdown menu.

Pro Tip

Alternatively, Mac OS users can perform the same action by pressing Option+Command+E.

If you can’t find the Develop menu on the Safari menu bar, here are the steps to enable it:

  1. On the Safari menu bar, go to Safari -> Preferences.
Safari menu, highlighting the "Preferences" option
  1. A pop-up menu will appear. Select the Advanced tab.
The Advanced tab in Safari, ticking the "Show Colour in Compact Tab Bar" box
  1. Tick the Show Develop menu in the menu bar checkbox.

Once the menu appears on Safari’s menu bar, proceed to Develop -> Empty Caches to clear the browser cache.

Also, note that in comparison to other browsers, Safari does not provide an option to select the timeframe of the deletion, meaning you’ll clear all site data and cached images.

How to Clear Cache on Opera

  1. Click the Opera icon at the top left of the screen.
  2. Navigate to History -> Clear browsing data.
Opera menu, highlighting "History" and "Clear Browsing Data"
  1. Select a Time range, for example Last 4 weeks.
Clear browsing data settings in Opera for selecting time range.
  1. The checkboxes here are checked by default, so make sure to only select Cached images and files.
  2. Tap Clear data.

Pro Tip

Windows users may click Ctrl+Shift+Delete on the keyboard for a shortcut.

On Mac OS, use the same keyboard shortcut by pressing Shift+Command+Delete.

How to Clear Cache on Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the three-dots icon at the top-right corner of Microsoft Edge’s window and select Settings.
The three dots button at the top-right of Microsoft Edge's window, highlighting the "Settings"
  1. Choose Privacy, search, and services from the menu on the left. Scroll down to find the Clear browsing data section.
The privacy, search, and services tab for the Clear browsing data section in Microsoft Edge
  1. Click the Choose what to clear button.
  2. Choose a Time range, for example, all time.
Clear browsing data setting for setting the time range in Microsoft Edge
  1. Check the Cached images and files box.
  2. Hit the Clear now button.

Pro Tip

Windows users may use the Ctrl+Shift+Delete shortcut.

Mac OS can press Shift+Command+Delete.

Additionally, in Microsoft Edge it’s possible to clear cache and other site data, such as browsing history, every time you close the browser. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. In the Clear browsing data section, click Choose what to clear every time you close the browser.
Clear browsing data section in Microsoft Edge, highlighting the option to "Choose what to clear every time you close the browser" in Microsoft Edge
  1. Toggle the Cached images and files option.
Privacy, search, and services tab for clearing browser cache in Microsoft Edge, showing how to turn on cached images and files

Now, it will automatically clear the cache every time you close Microsoft Edge.

How to Clear Cache on iPhone

There are several ways to clear browser cache on iPhone. This section will show you how to clear cache on iPhone via various web browsers.

How to Clear Cache on Safari

Before learning how to clear your cache, note that Safari does not provide an option to select the deletion time frame. This means it will delete all website files, images, and saved passwords from previously visited sites, as well as the entire browsing history.

Important! Starting from iOS 11, clearing browser cache in Safari will affect all devices signed in to the same iCloud account. As a result, all your devices’ caches will be cleared.

A compilation of screenshots for step 1-3 on how to clear cache on Safari (iOS)
  1. Open the iPhone Settings app and select Safari.
  2. Scroll down to find the Privacy & Security section. Select Clear History and Website Data.
  3. A message will pop up. Tap Clear History and Data to confirm it.

How to Clear Cache on Google Chrome

A compilation of screenshots for the step 1, 2, 3, and 5 for how to clear cache on Chrome (iOS)
  1. On the Chrome app, click the three-dots icon at the bottom right. Choose Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Select Clear Browsing Data.
  4. Specify the Time Range. The options range from last hour to all time.
  5. Select the type of website data to clear. Tick Cached Images and Files to clear the cache only.
  6. Tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the screen.

How to Clear Cache on Mozilla Firefox

A compilation of screenshots for step 1-3 for how to clear cache on Firefox (iOS)
  1. Tap the hamburger menu at the bottom-right corner of the browser screen. Select Settings.
  2. Under the Privacy section, choose Data Management.
  3. Toggle the type of site data you want to clear – in this example, we’re clearing the cache only. Alternatively, choose Website Data to clear data from individual sites only.
  4. Tap Clear Private Data to complete the process.

How to Clear Cache on Android

The browser cache can overload your Android phone over time, so it’s best to clear it periodically. The following sections will show you how to clear cache on Android via various web browsers.

How to Clear Cache on Google Chrome

A compilation of screenshots for the step 1, 2, and 4 for how to clear cache on Chrome (Android)
  1. On the Google Chrome app, tap the three-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select History.
  2. Click Clear browsing data.
  3. Choose a time range. The options go from the last hour to all time.
  4. Select the type of site data to clear from your mobile device. To clear the cache only, select Cached images and files. You may also clear Browsing history or Cookies and site data, but keep in mind that it will sign you out of most sites – you’ll still be signed in to your Google account.
  5. Tap Clear data.

How to Clear Cache on Mozilla Firefox

A compilation of screenshots for step 1, 2, and 3 for how to clear cache on Firefox (Android)
  1. Tap the three-dots icon at the bottom-right corner of the browser and select Settings.
  2. Choose Delete browsing data.
  3. Select the type of site data to delete. In this example, we’re going to delete the cache only by clicking Cached images and files.
  4. Tap the Delete browsing data button.

How to Clear Cache on Opera Mini

A compilation of screenshots for step 1-3 for how to clear cache on Opera (Android)
  1. Tap the Opera icon at the bottom-right corner of the browser window. Choose the gear icon, which will take you to the Settings page.
  2. Tap Clear browsing data.
  3. Tick the type of site data you wish to clear on Opera. Select Clear browsing history and Clear cookies and data to clear the cache.
  4. Press OK to confirm.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you’ve learned how to clear browser cache on various desktop and mobile browsers, including:

  • How to clear cache on Chrome
  • How to clear cache on Safari
  • How to clear Firefox cache
  • How to clear cache on iPhone
  • How to clear cache on Android

While clearing the browser cache is one of the first steps when encountering incorrect website content, the problem might not always lie with the browser.

In some cases, the browser might display wrong content because of an issue in the website cache, which is a server-side mechanism. If that’s the case, the website owner will need to clear the site’s cache.

How to Clear Cache FAQ

What Is Cached Data? 

The cache is a temporary storage location in the device. Cached data is a collection of files, scripts, and other site files saved within the cache. Whenever you visit a website for the first time, the browser sends a request to the corresponding web server and saves the resource as cached data. When you revisit the site, it will load quicker.

What Does Clearing Cache Do?

Clearing the browser cache deletes all the website data kept in the temporary storage. When you first access a website after clearing the cache, it will take longer to load as the browser won’t be able to retrieve resources locally. 

Depending on the browser, clearing your cache will not delete passwords. If you use Chrome, the passwords won’t be deleted as long as you don’t select Passwords and other sign-in data when clearing the cache.

However, if you use Safari on iPhone, clearing the cache will also delete saved passwords. 

Browsers typically provide remarks on what will happen when selecting website data to clear. Therefore, if you don’t want to remove saved passwords or be logged out of your favorite websites, make sure to double-check the options when clearing browser history and cache.

Also, clearing the cache won’t delete your pictures – it will only delete site images stored in temporary storage.

How Often Should You Clear Cache?

It depends on your internet usage. If you browse the internet every day, it’s better to clear your cache after each browsing session or every 24 hours.

If you use it less often, clearing the cache every month or two will be enough.

Is Clearing Cache Safe? 

Yes, it is. Cache only stores non-essential files, which won’t negatively affect the browser’s functionality. Clearing it will only free storage space and make sites load slower the first time you visit them since the browser can’t retrieve local resources.

Will Cache Slow Down My Computer?

Yes, it will. Over time, the cache can take up a lot of disk space, and its files may become corrupted. This will interfere with the performance of your device, slowing down your browser or displaying outdated content. Clearing browser cache regularly helps avoid that and improves your device’s performance.

Are Cookies and Cache the Same?

No, cookies and cache are different. The cache stores site data and content to decrease future loading time, while cookies store users’ choices and preferences. Furthermore, the cache needs to be cleared manually, while cookies automatically expire.

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