Have you ever had your website designer tell you to “clear your cache” and you get super confused and just stare at them blankly (or not answer their email!)?
Perhaps you’re looking at the same website as a friend and you can’t see what they can see? Then, you will probably need to clear your cache to ensure you’re viewing the most up-to-date version of the website.
Perhaps you just want to clear some space on your computer, as your browser cache actually takes up space on your hard drive!
Well, a surprisingly small number of people actually know how to clear their cache or browser history! Therefore, we thought we would put together this little how-to guide to help you do it on the three main browsers, plus on mobile devices.
How to clear your cache in Chrome
The quickest way to get to the menu is by this link:
However, if you forget, you can easily access this via the menu:
History > Show Full History > Clear Browsing Data
When the pop-up shows, click the “Advanced” tab and tick the first 4 tick-boxes:
- Browsing History
- Download History
- Cookies & Other Site Data
- Cached Images & Files
Select the time range you want to clear the data for and hit “Clear Data”.
Exit any Chrome windows and open a new browser with a new start.
How to clear your cache in Safari
In the menu, click “History”, scroll to the bottom and click “Clear History…”. You can pick the time range and proceed.
How to clear your cache in Firefox
In the menu, click History > Clear Recent History…
Then, you will see the following tick-boxes, where you can choose what you want to delete:
- Browsing & Download History
- Active Logins
- Form & Search History
Select the time range to clear and click “Clear Now”.
How to clear your cache on Safari on iOS
Go to your “Settings” app and click “Safari”. Scroll down to “Clear Website and History Data” and confirm.
How to clear your cache on Chrome on iOS
Click the three dots at the bottom of the browser and click “History”. “Clear Browsing Data…” is in red at the bottom of the page. Choose what data you want to delete and then confirm by pressing “Clear Browsing Data”.
You can also access this from the Settings menu and then under Privacy.
How to clear your cache on Chrome on Android
Select “Chrome menu” and then go to “Settings” > (Advanced) Privacy. Select a time range or select “All time” to delete everything. Tick the boxes for “Cookies and site data” and “cached images and files” and hit “clear data”.