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How To Clear Cache on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge

The information stored in your browser cache is helpful for cutting page load times when visiting websites. But if you find that you are having issues seeing all the proper content on webpages, getting rid of cached data might solve this issue. Here’s how to clear the cache on your browser for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and the new Microsoft Edge.

What Is Browser Cache?

A browser cache is a temporary storage location where your browser saves copies of websites. When you visit a site again, it loads the cache data on your computer instead of from the web site. This helps your web pages load faster because the data is pulled from a local folder on your computer rather than being downloaded every time you visit a site.

How To Clear Browser Cache In Chrome

To clear your browser cache in Chrome, click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the browser window and go to More tools > Clear browsing data. Pick a time range, check the box for Cached images and files, and click on Clear data.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Hover your cursor over More tools.
  4. Then click Clear browsing data.
    chrome more tools clear browsing data
  5. Select a time range from the drop-down. You can clear browser cache for the last hour, 24 hours, seven days, four weeks, or for all time.
    chrome clear browsing data time range
  6. Check the box for Cached images and files. Chrome will tell you how much space you can free up by clearing the cache.
  7. Finally, click Clear data.
How To Clear Browser Cache In Chrome

How to Clear Browser Cache In Safari

To clear browser cache in Safari, click Safari in the Apple Menu Bar. Then go to Preferences and click the Privacy tab. Next, click the Manage Website Data button and click Remove All.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on Safari in the Apple Menu Bar. You will only see this option if you are in the Safari app.
  3. Then click Preferences. You can also access Preferences by hitting the Command + Comma keys on your keyboard at the same time.
    safari preferences apple menu bar
  4. Next, select the Privacy tab.
  5. Then click Manage Website Data.
    safari perferences manage website data
  6. Finally, click Remove All.  
How to Clear Browser Cache In Safari

You can also select individual websites to clear the cache for. Below the website name, Safari will indicate whether the site stores data in cookies, in your cache, or other storage types. You can choose multiple sites at once by holding down the Command key as you make your selection.

You can also do a hard refresh on a specific site, which will also clear the cache for that site. On your Mac keyboard, just hit Command + Option + R. Another option is to hold down the Shift key while you click the Refresh button, which is located on the right side of the Safari address bar.

How To Clear Browser Cache In Firefox

To clear your browser cache in Firefox, click on the three-line icon in the top-right corner of the window, and go to Options > Privacy & Security. In the Cookies and Site Data section, click on Clear Data. Finally, check the box for Cached Web Content and click Clear.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click on the three-line icon in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Then click Options.
    firefox options
  4. Next, click Privacy & Security in the left sidebar.
  5. Then click Clear Data. You will see this under the Cookies and Site Data section.
    firefox clear data
  6. Next, check the box for Cached Web Content.
  7. Finally, click Clear.
How To Clear Browser Cache In Firefox

How To Clear Cache In Edge

To clear your cache in Edge, click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner. Then go to Settings > Privacy and services. In the Clear browsing data section, click Choose what to clear. Pick a time range and check the box for Cached images and files. Click Clear now.

Note: these instructions are for the new Chromium Microsoft Edge. If you want to know how to download the new Edge, check out our article here.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Then click Settings.
    edge settings 1
  4. Next, click Privacy and services from the left sidebar.
  5. Then click Choose what to clear. You will see this under the Clear browsing data section.
    edge choose what to clear 1
  6. Choose a time range from the drop-down. You can clear browser cache for the last hour, 24 hours, seven days, four weeks, or for all time.
    edge clear cache time range
  7. Check the box for Cached images and files. Edge will tell you how much space you can free up by clearing the cache. It will also remind you that some sites will not load as fast the next time you visit them.
  8. Finally, click Clear now.
How To Clear Cache In Edge

If you want to learn how to clear the cache from your iPhone, check out our guide here.

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Updated on August 31, 2021

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