How to Clear Cache on 5 different Browsers

Clear Cache

The browser cache is a folder where your browser stores files that have been downloaded from your frequently visited websites. Some of the examples are images, buttons, and icons, even complete web pages. 

Why does the browser do that? So that when you are revisiting a website, the browser quickly checks whether the file it has stored on your computer is a replica of the website page, or certain buttons and pictures. If so, instead of downloading those files from the server anew every single time, the browser simply loads the files that are saved on your system.

Importance of Cache

Now, why does the browser feel the need to do that? So, you get a much faster response when you are opening a page. When you open up a website on your browser, the browser is loading various components of the website. This is why when you have a slow internet connection, you will see the pages loading up slower, as downloading certain files and components takes up more time. Caching helps improve the speed of websites.

Besides, it also reduces the load on the server. If every person who ever visited had disabled the cache on the browser manually, the website will need much bigger server space to accommodate the load it will have from thousands of visitors. 

Why Should You Clear Your Browser Cache?

This is a natural question to come up, and in short, the benefits of cleaning up browser cache are many.

To begin with, you might have updated your website with a new interface or theme. But as you visit the website, all you can see is the older version. This happens because of the files that are stored in your system. When you visit a website multiple times, they save up old forms. 

Next time when you try to open up, it could try to be loading the old form. This will not match with the current website, and you will see performance issues such as not being able to click a button, scroll, etc.

Secondly, caches not only save information from the websites, but they also save some personal data too. As a best practice, you should always wipe your system off any personal data that can be exploited.

Third, the applications you run on your system will work much better after a cache refresh if you haven’t had one in a long time.

You can try to simply refresh the browser by force closing them or pressing CTRL + F5 in a rage, but cache issues don’t get resolved when you have old files saving up on your system. The browser still will load up the old files and continue causing a problem.

This is why you should keep browser caching enabled, but also clear cache from time to time. Granted, you might have some websites open up slower for the first time. Specifically, you will notice this because you have become reliant on the browsing cache to load things quicker. So, after a cache refresh, you will not see the websites load up as fast. But the browser will load up on new files from the website to keep it up and running smoothly and speedily.

This will also solve all the inexplicable problems on websites that you cannot find explanations for. This is the basic browser version of the famous quote, ‘have you tried turning it off and on again?’

We have compiled a list of the most popular and commonly used browsers and described how you can easily clear cache. Once you do it, you will remember exactly how to. The process is fairly simple, and it does not differ wildly from one browser to another. These processes are standard for any new browsers.

How to Clear Cache

Google Chrome

  • Click the three dots at the top right corner of your browser.
  • Click Settings.
  • On the left side, click History.
  • Click the clear browser data under the History tab.
  • You will get a list of options. Select the ‘Empty the cache’ checkbox.
  • At the bottom of the popup, click the ‘Clear browsing data’.
  • You can restart chrome after this, or refresh with F5 + ctrl + shift combination.

Firefox 20

  • Select the firebox button placed at the top left corner of your screen.
  • Hover over Options to open the submenu.
  • Go to Advanced.
  • Click the Network tab.
  • Click the Clear Now button under Cached Web Content.
  • It will show you that your disk now has 0 MB of cache.


  • While the browser is open, press the Alt key. Alternatively, you can see the menu bar at the top of the screen, and select ‘Edit’.
  • In the menu under edit, click Empty Cache.
  • A popup box will open up, and you should click on empty.
  • You can restart the browser to refresh it or press Ctrl + F5 for forcing a refresh.

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the gear icon at the top right of the browser.
  • Click the Safety menu.
  • Go to Delete Browsing History from the submenu.
  • Check the Temporary Files and Website Files checkbox.
  • At the bottom of the popup, click on the delete button.
  • You will get a popup notification at the bottom of the screen when the cache has been cleared.
  • You can force a refresh with CTRL + F5, or restart the browser.


  • Click the Opera button at the top left of your screen.
  • Go to the Settings menu.
  • Select Delete Private Data from the submenu.
  • Check the Delete Entire Cache checkbox.
  • At the bottom of the popup, click on the delete button.


As you can see, deleting browser cache is pretty easy and useful, especially if you update your websites quite often. All you need to do is follow the steps mentioned above, and you are done. 

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