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How do I clear my browser cache?

All browsers not only show you information from visited sites, but also save it on your computer or mobile phone. It is often read in various technical guides that you need to delete the cache of your mobile phone or computer browser in order to fix the error or improve performance. Many people simply follow the instructions in the manual without knowing what the cache is and why it needs to be cleared.

Below we have tried to reveal the features of using and deleting the cache and explain what is behind this ubiquitous term.

What is browser cache?

Today, the concept of a browser cache most often means a temporary storage for information from web resources, loaded when surfing the Internet. When visiting any resource, all its parts and content (for example, text, images, CSS style files or JavaScript scripts) are transferred from the network to the computer and stored on the user's hard drive.

If after a while you go to the same resource again, you no longer have to download all parts of the visited page again. Instead, the browser can access the cached file from the hard drive and display all the elements of the resource faster.

However, sometimes the browser does not notice that there is newer content on the server. Instead, it shows stale content from the cache. Then the user must enter the program and manually clear the buffer memory. The process is somewhat different in different types of both desktop and mobile surfing applications.

What is Cached Data?

Cache is a definition of a special type of memory most used in IT and networking. It provides optimal access to slow background environments without wasting CPU time and machine resources, and acts like fast-access intermediate buffer memory.

The very concept of "cash" is borrowed from the French, its linguistic meaning means "cache". It is believed that it is so named because the data is always hidden from the user. Most often, the term "cache" is used in relation to Internet browsers. But some physical devices of a computer and any stand-alone software, for example, desktop applications, also have buffer memory.

It is generally used to save machine time. However, in the era of fixed rates on the internet, cash no longer saves money. Time is saved only on legacy computers with narrow traffic channels and low bandwidth.

What happens when you clear the cache?

During installation, each browser creates a "cache" folder and enters there all the technical information about the resources visited during your Internet surfing. They are stored there permanently and implemented as needed when reconnecting.

The browser accesses this folder before clearing the cache – that is, to the reserved data store on the hard disk, which stores information about the resources visited. Then it compares the parameters entered by the user or set by default and erases the records.

These records are permanently erased from the hard drive or hard drive of the mobile device and cannot be restored. If you visit the resource again, the browser will download the entire pages and create a new record for each one.

Why do I need to regularly clear the cache?

Buffer memory must be flushed at regular intervals for several reasons. Depending on your settings and activity, after a month or two of active surfing, it becomes quite voluminous and clogs up a significant amount of permanent memory on your computer. It depends on the content of the visited sites - the size of one entry can range from 20-30 Kb to a whole megabyte.

The more information is stored in the cache, the slower your computer will be. Clearing the cache fixes accumulated errors and your PC's surfing performance increases.

If the browser does not load the new version correctly, even though the resource has been updated since the last cache, the outdated cache sometimes causes structural errors when displayed. The resource pages then appear as if they are not fully loaded or poorly formatted. In this case, you may never see new information posted on the resources when you visit.

If the cache has been deleted (cleared), the browser downloads the most recent current version of the corresponding resource.

You should also remember that clearing your browsing data increases your privacy. If you want to erase your traces of being on a resource on the global web, you must regularly clear the cache.

In addition to manually erasing entries in the browser directly, you can use special programs that do the deletion for you. For example, the CCleaner desktop software is very convenient. This multifunctional program cleans the cache well, and is able to delete all other unnecessary data and programs that are no longer required, as well as clean the registry and fix errors in it.

In the settings of the Cleaner, you can specify several parameters, and select which sections and records will be deleted.

How to clear cache on desktop computers

When using ordinary computers with a large amount of memory, problems with excess cache do not appear immediately. You can visit thousands of resources for several months before you notice that something is wrong. The cleaning process looks different for different stationary desktop surfing applications. Below you will learn how to implement it on personal machines.

How to clear Google Chrome browser cache

 

The way to clean up stale data in this surfing app is pretty simple. It ranks first in popularity and the developers have made every effort to ensure that the process is understandable to any user.

Step 1. To start the process, launch the technical settings menu by pressing the key combination "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Del" - this way, you will erase all unnecessary information with one standard command.

Or you should do it differently. You need to go to the settings item by selecting the "Symbol" icon and follow the further instructions.

Step 1. Click on Settings and select "Privacy & Security".

Step 2. Next, you need to select "Clear browser history".

Step 3. Enter the period of time for which you want to clear the information, check the box "Images and files".

Step 4. Press "Clear data" to confirm the clearing operation.

Clearing history easily in Mozilla Firefox

 

This browser has recently become the second most popular in the world network, but it loves to load a lot of unnecessary elements, trying to copy everything that is more or less valuable from resources for later work. For him, clearing old information is similar.

Step 1. You should press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Del" and go to "Settings".

Step 2. In the window that appears, enter the time for which you want to clear the data and check the "Cache" box.

Step 3. Next, you need to confirm the operation by clicking "Delete now".

Another way to clean up:

Step 1. Select "Symbol", go to Settings and then to Privacy & Security.

Step 2. Next, select cookies and website data in the upper right corner.

Step 3. Click the "Delete data" item, and go to the "Clear" option to complete the operation.

Easily delete history in Safari

 

Safari used to develop very rapidly, but now it is no longer available for Windows. But you can still easily clear the cache on your Mac computer. However, in Safari, you have no choice for specifying the time period to be affected.

Fast cleaning way:

Step 1. Pressing the "cmd" + "alt" + "E" key combination immediately clears the entire cache.

Alternatively, you can also select an option from the menu bar.

Step 1. Go to the Developer Tools menu.

Step 2. To clear the cache, select "Develop" from the menu bar

Step 3. Click "Clear Cache" when finished.

Easily delete history in Opera

 

Recently, this browser has become more relevant for weak machines, since it consumes less RAM when working than others. As with other browsers, Opera can also clear the cache using a keyboard shortcut.

Step 1. Start cleaning by pressing "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Del" on your keyboard. A new window will open with which you can delete unnecessary information.

Step 2. Enter the "since installation" period to clear all accumulated browser cache.

Step 3. Select the type of cleaning. With a tick you activate only "Images and files in the cache".

Step 4. To complete the process, select "Delete browser data".

Step 5. Reload the page you are on.

Easily delete history in Microsoft Edge

 

This is a rather peculiar application that, like other Microsoft products, works according to a not very successful algorithm and loads too much unnecessary from resources.

Quick removal of information:

Step 1. To perform a quick cleanup, in the Edge application you must activate the settings using the shortcut keys "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Del".

Step 2. Check the box next to "Cached data and files" and

Step 3. Confirm the operation by clicking "Delete".

Alternatively, you can call the standard uninstall window:

Step 1. Click the menu icon in the upper right corner,

Step 2. Select "Settings" and then select the lock icon or "Data protection and security".

Step 3. Click "Clear Data" when finished.

If you've installed a newer Chromium-based version of Edge, you can follow the instructions for deleting information in the Chrome browser.

Easily delete history in Internet Explorer

 

Recently, this surfing application has lost its position, but it is still used by millions of users around the world. Clearing memory in Internet Explorer is not difficult and is done in three steps.

Step 1. Here, you can also quickly open the settings using the key combination "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Del".

Step 2. Next, you should check the item "Temporary Internet files and resources"

Step 3. Confirm your choice with the "Delete" button.

You can also access the window through the settings section:

Step 1. Click the "Settings" menu.

Step 2. Select "Internet Options" and then go to "Visit History".

Step 3. Complete the operation by clicking the "Delete" button.

Once applied, all data will be erased from your computer.

How to easily clear browser cache on mobile platforms

The buffer memory and application cache for surfing on mobile devices works in a similar way to desktop computers. If you are using popular browsers on your smartphone or tablet, you can clean up stale data as follows:

Easily Delete History in Google Chrome for Android System

Both on stationary and mobile devices, this application is the leader in popularity among users. To clear history records, you should follow these instructions:

Step 1. Launch the Chrome app and go to the menu at the top.

Step 2. Next, find and select "Settings" to open it.

Step 3. Next, select "Privacy". Now you can easily see the Clear Browsing Data button.

Step 4. After clicking this button, you can select the elements to be removed. To completely remove the information, click on the "for all time" button.

Step 5. After selection, click "Clear data", completing the operation.

It should be noted that this mobile application itself is rather heavy and consumes a lot of resources, therefore, it is recommended to clear the cache during active surfing at least once a month.

Easily delete history in Mozilla Firefox (Android)

Many users continue to use this application, although recently it has seriously lost its position to Chrome. To clean up memory, you need to follow this sequence:

Step 1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox application and go to the "Settings" item at the top of the browser.

Step 2. Next, go to the "Clear personal data" section and select "Cache" in the dialog box that opens.

Step 3. Apply the "delete data" action by selecting the item at the bottom right.

Step 4. After selecting the parameters and the deletion period, click the "Clear" button and complete the operation.

Easily delete history in Opera Mini (Android)

 

Opera Mini is positioned as the perfect application for taking control of your data.

To remove obsolete files, you need to do the following:

Step 1. Launch Mini and select the home icon.

Step 2. Next, proceed to setting parameters. After that, select the item "Confidentiality". Several functions are available to you – cookies, reset passwords or history.

Step 3. After selecting the necessary items, you should click on the "Clear browser data" button and then the data will be deleted permanently.

Apple

Passwords and data about visited resources are also saved in the memory of iPhone and iPad devices. Follow the instructions below to clear memory space and delete obsolete data:

Easily delete history in Safari (iOS)

For this mobile browser, deleting outdated information takes literally three clicks.

Step 1. Run the application and go to the "Settings" item.

Step 2. Selecting "Safari" in it. Before clearing, you can select and delete data for a certain period of time.

Step 3. Complete the operation by clicking the "Delete history" button.

Easily delete history in Google Chrome (iOS)

For Apple, cleaning in this browser is practically no different from devices on Android.

Step 1. When you launch the application, you should go to the "Settings" item.

Step 2. Next, you need to select the "Privacy" item. After that, you need to scroll down the page.

Step 3. Select "Clear Browser Data" and apply the selection, completing the operation.

As on Android, in Apple devices this browser consumes an incredible amount of resources, so it is recommended to clean it up quite often.

Easily delete history in Mozilla Firefox (iOS)

The developers made MF very convenient and fast for surfing, however, in this application, the cleaning of outdated data takes place without selecting time parameters.

Step 1. After starting the application, you should select the "Settings" section with three dashes.

Step 2. Next, you should go to the "Privacy" section.

Step 3. The next step will be to go to the "Delete user history data" section.

Step 4. Complete the operation by applying the action "Delete".

Once cleared is confirmed, all obsolete cache data will be permanently deleted. The whole procedure is very simple and only takes a minute.

Outcome

Modern browsers allow you to open many tabs at the same time and it's convenient to use them, so we don't keep track of the number of visited resources. However, after hundreds of loaded pages, the usability is significantly reduced.

Remember – timely clearing of cookies, downloaded elements and content, and especially control over the memory occupied by them, significantly improves surfing the network and does not allow your mobile or stationary devices to be clogged with unnecessary information.

It is possible that your browser cache contains outdated data that is causing errors or preventing the download of new files with new content and functionality from the website server. Clearing the memory buffer ensures that all resource files are updated the next time they visit and display the latest information.


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