How to clear cache in your web browser

Caching is a useful process that involves improving speed and performance whenever you visit a website by storing data and static resources so they don't need to spend time being loaded again when you visit the next page. Usually caching is a positive mechanism but can sometimes indirectly cause some errors or loading issues.

Clearing your cache is a solid first step in diagnosing any potential issues so we will cover the steps below to clear your cache in most modern browsers.

Chrome-based browsers

There are several browsers based on Chromium (Google's open source project) such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Brave. These browsers all have a similar process to clear cache so follow these simple steps if you use one of these:

Begin by navigating to the “three dots/lines" in the top right corner of your browser to bring up the drop-down menu. From here, click settings to access your browser settings.

Accessing Chrome Settings

In the settings menu, find and click the "Privacy and security' tab on the left hand side of the screen. This will bring up a new section, where you can find "Clear browsing data' at the top.

Accessing 'Privacy and Security' Settings in Chrome like browser

Clearing cache on a Chrome like browser

Once you've clicked "Clear browsing data', a small window will appear allowing you to apply some settings before you clear your cache. It's important you choose the right settings so you achieve a proper clear of just the cache. Ensure you set the "time range' to "All time' and leave "Cached images and files' as the only ticked box. From here, you can go ahead and click Clear data and it will go ahead and delete any cached images or files your browser has stored.

Mozilla Firefox

The process of clearing your cache between Chromium browsers and Mozilla Firefox is very similar but with a few differences. Follow these simple steps if you use Mozilla Firefox as your primary browser:

Begin by navigating to the “three dots/lines" in the top right corner of your browser to bring up the drop-down menu. From here, click settings to access your browser settings.

Accessing settings on Firefox

In the settings menu, find and click the "Privacy and security' tab on the left hand side of the screen. This will bring up a new section, where you can find "Clear data' by scrolling halfway down the new page and finding the button under the "Cookies and Site Data' section.

Accessing 'Privacy and Security' Settings in Firefox

Clearing cache on in Firefox

Once you've clicked clear data, a small window will pop up giving you two choices of data to clear. Make sure you choose the bottom option "Cached Web Content". After choosing this option and clicking clear, Firefox will go ahead and delete any cached data.

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