You might have heard the terms ‘Cache’ and ‘Cookies’ quite often, especially when websites ask for permission to ‘Allow the cookies’ while viewing their webpage. Clearing them regularly is the most important trick for almost any issue or troubleshooting the web browser glitches. In this article, we will discuss in detail the steps to clear the cache and cookies along with the information about what exactly they are. Before getting the tips to clear the browser cache and cookies, let us understand their uses. The ‘cache’ is the tool that the web browser uses to speed up the process of loading. This helps to open the websites that one has already visited quicker than if the information stores, however, this feature can cause trouble in a case where the actual webpage updates hence clashing with the cache files stored as they won’t match with the information coded on the website.
Not often one has to clear the cache and cookies of their web browser but doing so is helpful for a better user experience while using the internet. The most important change that this causes is that the stored data in the cache files of your browser stops from utilizing the same old data and instead look, retrieve the current information of the website. Another interesting outcome one might find helpful is that this regular cleaning will help in the event of 404, 502, and other errors that usually are the effects of corrupt cache. This clearance includes removal of login credentials or passwords, IDs, etc. that might be a liability when stored on a device as these sensitive details must be kept hidden or from getting into the wrong hands, especially if they relate to bank details or other important data. The steps are easy and one can simply remove or shed all these unwanted data from their browser hence making it much faster.
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Now that we know what a cache is and the necessity behind clearing them regularly, let us check out the steps to do the same. These are the steps to clear the cache stored on a Google Chrome web browser, which is one of the most popular web browsers used on a global scale.
Open the Google Chrome web browser on your laptop or PC and click on the three horizontal bars icon, located on the top right corner of the screen to access the Chrome settings menu. This will open a drop-down menu from which choose the ‘Settings’ option by scrolling to its end.
Click on the Privacy and Security option from the left sidebar menu. Now, search for the Clear Browsing Data option, once the menu page opens. Click on the option and choose the options to clear the cached images and files, and if required check the options for Browsing History, Download History, cookies, etc. All these items or data are erased from the web browser. The passwords, autofill details, other website details that were chosen, will help in securing the privacy of your browsing experience.
Once all the options are selected, the ‘Clear data’ option will begin or initiate the clutter clearing process. One must decide to uncheck or change the selected or checked boxes, as once everything is cleared, none of the data will be present nor can they be retrieved. This process might take some time, especially if the cache has not been cleared for a long time. Apart from clearing these data, try some useful Chrome extensions to improve the functionality of the Google Chrome web browser.
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These are the steps to do the same in the Mozilla Firefox browser. However, the steps that might change the common steps for all the other browsers like Safari, Internet Explorer, etc is to approach the setting and browser for clear cache and cookies option.
Open the Mozilla Firefox web browser and click on the three horizontal bars icon, located on the top right corner of the screen to access the settings menu. From the drop-down menu click on the ‘Options’ and proceed with the Privacy and Security tab.
To clear the browser cache, under the Privacy and Settings tab from the right sidebar menu and click on the Cookies and Site Data below. Now, choose the Clear Data option to initiate the decluttering process. Before starting the process, check whether the option for Cached Web Content is selected and then click on the clear option. Along with this also check the Delete Cookies and Site Data When Firefox Is Closed option, this will automatically clear the stored information once the web browser is closed.
Invariable of which of the browser among the Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox web browser on uses, the shortcut to clear cache and cookies is the same. To use this shortcut, simply open the respective web browser and press Ctrl, Shift and Delete buttons simultaneously on your keyboard, to directly open the appropriate menu. Once the browser cache and cookies are cleared, make sure to close the web browser and restart the usage for an effective result.
First, open the web browser on your device and click on the Settings menu located in the top left corner of the screen. From the settings drop-down menu choose the Settings option.
Now choose the Advanced tab on the left side of the menu window and click on the Privacy & security panel located on the left side of the new window. Choose the Clear Browsing Data close to the top of the Privacy section of the menu.
After clearing the browser cache and cookies by checking the box Cached Images and Files, along with any other browser data you wish to clear, close the browser and restart.
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In this article, we have discussed the detailed steps to clear cache and cookies from the web browser along with the specific steps for some of the commonly used web browsers. Hope this article was useful to improve the functionality of your web browser.
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