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Clearing your browser cache: A beginner’s guide

Even if you don’t know what a browser cache is, chances are you have one. Whenever you visit a website using an internet browser, it stores files from each of the websites you visit on your computer in a browser cache. Once this cache is created, you can access the website in question a lot faster as your browser does not need to request all the files from the website itself, and can read them from the cache on your computer instead.

This is common practice and helps to improve load times when compared to re-reading files from a web page. Your browser naturally builds this cache up over time as you use it, but it has a limited space. This means that once your cache fills up, it will naturally discard items that haven’t been used in a while. However, sometimes it is necessary to clear your cache manually.

Why you should clear your cache

Browser caches are great for ensuring that you can quickly access the websites that you frequently visit. Unfortunately, they can sometimes mess up and cause problems with the layout of a web page you’re visiting, such as not loading an image properly or making the layout appear wrongly. Caches can also slow down over time as they get fuller, making it important to regularly clear them out.

When working with a website, it is important to routinely clean your browser cache to ensure you can see any changes you have made to it properly. This is something that is often forgotten about. For example, you notice an issue with your website on your mobile and want to fix it. You go into the back-end of your site, or get in touch with your developer, and fix the problem. Opening your site in your browser shows the problem still there, even though you know it’s been fixed. This is a problem caused by your browser showing you the cached version of the site rather than the newest version.

In this article, we will be giving you some easy, step-by-step guides for clearing your cache on different devices and browsers.

Desktop/Laptop Computers

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Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge

  2. Click the ‘menu’ button in the top right (three horizontal dots)

  3. Click on ‘Settings’

  4. Under ‘Clear browsing data’, click the ‘Choose what to clear’ button

  5. Make sure ‘Cached data and files’ and ‘Cookies and saved website data’ are ticked, then click ‘clear’

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome

  2. Open the menu using the button in the top right (three vertical dots)

  3. Click ‘More tools’

  4. Click ‘Clear browsing data…’

  5. Choose the time range that you want to clear the cache for

  6. Ensure ‘Cookies and other site data’ and ‘Cached images and files’ are ticked, then click the ‘clear data’ button

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox

  2. Click the ‘menu’ button in the top right (three horizontal lines)

  3. Choose ‘Options’

  4. Select ‘Privacy & Security’ on the left-hand side

  5. Scroll down to ‘Cached Web Content’ and click the ‘Clear Now’ button

  6. Close the tab and any changes you’ve made will be saved

Opera

  1. Open Opera

  2. Click the ‘menu’ button in the top left corner (the red O)

  3. Select ‘Settings’

  4. Choose the ‘Privacy & security’ tab at the side

  5. Click the ‘Clear browsing data…’ button

  6. Choose the time range that you want to clear

  7. Ensure that ‘Cached images and files’ and ‘Cookies and other site data’ are ticked

  8. Press the ‘Clear browsing data’ button

Safari on Mac OS X

  1. Open Safari

  2. Navigate to the Safari menu in the upper left corner, and click ‘Preferences’

  3. Choose the ‘Advanced’ tab and tick ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’

  4. Close out of ‘Preferences’

  5. Go back to any Safari window and open the ‘Develop’ menu

  6. Click ‘Empty Caches’

  7. After a few moments, the Safari web caches will be completely cleared

Mobile Devices

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Chrome for Android Devices

  1. Open the Chrome app

  2. Click the menu button in the top right (three vertical dots)

  3. Tap ‘Settings’

  4. Navigate to the ‘Privacy’ button

  5. Scroll down to ‘Clear browsing data’

  6. Make sure ‘Cookies and site data’ and ‘Cached images and files’ are ticked

  7. Tap ‘clear data’

Samsung Internet

  1. Open the Samsung Internet app

  2. Tap the ‘menu’ button in the top right (three vertical dots)

  3. Scroll down to ‘Settings’

  4. Select ‘Privacy’

  5. Tap ‘Delete personal data’

  6. Ensure ‘Cache’ and ‘Cookies and site data’ are ticked

  7. Select ‘Delete’

Safari for iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app

  2. Scroll down to ‘Safari’

  3. Scroll down to and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’

  4. Tap ‘Clear History and Data’ when prompted

  5. This will clear the cache

 

You will probably use at least one of these browsers or devices every day, and these simple steps will ensure that your cache is kept nice and clean. As mentioned above, this is a key aspect to remember when working on, and making changes to, a website.

If you would like to learn more about clearing a cache and website design in general, or if your device or browser hasn’t been listed above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!