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How to Clear Your Browser Cache

Updated on January 9, 2016
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Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

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The Clear Browsing Data dialog box in Google Chrome.The Cache drop-down menu in the Developer Tools section of Internet Explorer.The Clear Recent History dialog box in Mozilla Firefox.The Delete Private Data dialog box in Opera.The Reset Safari dialog box on the PC.The Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data buttons on the iPhone.
The Clear Browsing Data dialog box in Google Chrome.
The Clear Browsing Data dialog box in Google Chrome. | Source
The Cache drop-down menu in the Developer Tools section of Internet Explorer.
The Cache drop-down menu in the Developer Tools section of Internet Explorer. | Source
The Clear Recent History dialog box in Mozilla Firefox.
The Clear Recent History dialog box in Mozilla Firefox. | Source
The Delete Private Data dialog box in Opera.
The Delete Private Data dialog box in Opera. | Source
The Reset Safari dialog box on the PC.
The Reset Safari dialog box on the PC. | Source
The Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data buttons on the iPhone.
The Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data buttons on the iPhone. | Source

Introduction

Your Web browser's cache is where various information from the websites you visit is collected and stored. This information helps websites load faster the next time you visit them and stores other information such as passwords and other private data you've opted for the browser to remember so you don't have to enter it again on specific Web pages. Clearing your browser's cache is a simple way to make your Web browser run faster and more efficiently, and also frees up a little bit of hard drive space on your computer or smartphone. Additionally, if you are visiting a page to see updated information and the page is still displaying older information, clear your Web browser's cache to get rid of old information pertaining to the page that may be preventing you from viewing the most recent version of that specific Web page.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click the "Tools" button on the Internet Explorer Menu toolbar.
  2. Navigate down to the fifth section and then click "F12 developer tools." The Developer Tools toolbar appears on the lower part of your Internet Explorer browser window.
  3. Click "Cache" on the Developer Tools toolbar.
  4. Click "Clear browser cache."
  5. Click "Yes" when asked if you're sure you want to clear Internet Explorer's browser cache. A dialog box displays displaying the progress of the cache being cleared. The dialog box disappears after the cache is cleared.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the orange "Firefox" button in the upper-left corner of the Firefox Web browser to open a new drop-down menu.
  2. Click "History" and then click "Clear Recent History." The Clear Recent History dialog box opens.
  3. Click the drop-down box to the right of "Time range to clear" and then click "Everything."
  4. Click the drop-down arrow to the left of Details to expand the Details section if it isn't already expanded.
  5. Click to uncheck all of the options beneath Details with the exception of Cache, which should be the only option checked.
  6. Click "Clear Now." After the Clear Recent History dialog box disappears, your Firefox cache is successfully cleared.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of your Google Chrome Web browser window to open a drop-down menu.
  2. Navigate down to the fourth section in the drop-down menu and then click "Tools" to open a context menu.
  3. Click "Clear browsing data" in the second section of the context menu. A new tab opens in Google Chrome and the Clear Browsing Data dialog box appears on the screen.
  4. Click the drop-down box to the right of "Obliterate the following items from" and then select "the beginning of time."
  5. Click to place a check mark in the box to the left of "Empty the cache" if the option isn't already selected.
  6. Click to de-select any other options that are selected, if there are any.
  7. Click "Clear browsing data" in the lower-right corner of the Clear Browsing Data dialog box. Your cache will be successfully cleared after the Clear Browsing Data dialog box disappears.

Opera

  1. Click the "Opera" button in the upper-left corner of the Opera Web browser window to open a drop-down menu.
  2. Click "Settings" to open a context menu.
  3. Click "Delete Private Data" to open the Delete Private Data dialog box.
  4. Click the drop-down arrow to the left of the Detailed Options dialog box.
  5. Click to place a check mark in the box to the left of "Delete entire cache" if it isn't already selected.
  6. Click to remove the check mark from any other options that are selected.
  7. Click "Delete" along the bottom of the dialog box. Your Opera cache will be successfully cleared after the Delete Private Data dialog box disappears.

Safari Web Browser for PC or Mac

  1. Click the icon with a picture of a gear on it in the upper-right corner of your Safari Web browser to open a drop-down menu.
  2. Click "Reset Safari" in the fifth section to open a dialog box.
  3. Click to select all of the options to clear your entire cache, or select specific elements of the cache to clear.
  4. Click "Reset" along the bottom of the dialog box after making your selections. Your Safari cache will be successfully cleared after the dialog box disappears.

Safari Web Browser for iPhone

  1. Tap the "Settings" app on your iPhone's home screen.
  2. Scroll down to the third section and then tap "Safari."
  3. Scroll down to the third section and then tap "Clear History."
  4. Tap "Clear History" again when asked if you're sure you want to clear your Web browser's history. The Clear History option will be grayed out after your history is successfully cleared.
  5. Tap "Clear Cookies and Data."
  6. Tap "Clear Cookies and Data" again when asked if you're sure you want to clear your cookies and data. The Clear Cookies and Data option will be grayed out after your cookies and data are successfully cleared. After clearing the cookies and data, Safari's cache on your iPhone is successfully cleared.

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