How Do I Clear My Web Browser’s Cache?


Your Computer’s Browser Cache

Your internet browser’s cache stores certain information (snapshots) of webpages you visit on your computer or mobile device so that they’ll load more quickly upon future visits and while navigating through websites that use the same images on multiple pages so that you do not download the same image multiple times. Occasionally, however your cache can prevent you from seeing updated content, or cause functional problems when stored content conflicts with live content.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Cache

In the same way that your web browser has a cache of recent web pages, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be doing some caching on your behalf.

In some (rare) cases, even though you are using shift-refresh to get new data from a webpage, the pages still seem to be old. This may be because your Internet Service Provider also has a cache and their cache may not be set up quite right, and they are not downloading the latest web pages.  That is why when a site goes live sometimes the old version still appears for a time. This is because the older version is still stored in the cache of either your computer (DNS) or your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The local computer cache can be reset, but should not be done so without full understanding of the process and implications of doing so.

Fortunately, both this and the ISP types of caches clear themselves on a regular basis so all you really need to do is wait.

Reboot and Refresh

First, try a reboot of the machine in question.  Also, you can fix many browser problems simply by clearing your cache.

Clearing Browser Cache at Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu (on top right) .
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

Watch screencast below for details.

Clearing Browser Cache at Internet Explorer

  • How to clear your cache, browse history or temporary Internet files.
  • How to delete cookies from specific sites in Internet Explorer browser.




Microsoft support page;

Clearing Browser Cache at Firefox

  • From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose Everything and make sure Cache is checked.
  • Click Clear Now.

Clearing Browser Cache at Safari

  • In the Safari browser, select Menu > Preferences.
  • In the Preferences dialog box, select the Advanced tab.
  • At the bottom of the Advanced tab, check the box for Show Develop menu.
  • Close the Preferences dialog box.
  • From the Develop menu, select Empty Caches.

Clearing Browser Cache at AOL

  • Select Keyword > Go to Keyword.
  • Type the keyword preferences.
  • Click Go.
  • From the dialog box, select Essentials tab > Internet (Web) Options > Set Web browser options and properties.
  • In the dialog box, select the General tab.
  • Click Delete files.
  • Dialog box: Delete Files: Delete all files in the Temporary Internet files
  • In the dialog box, select Delete all offline content.
  • Click OK to close the dialog box.
  • Click OK to close the remaining dialog box.

Clearing Browser Cache at Safari (for iOS, iPhone and iPad)

  1. Click on Settings from the home page.
  2. Scroll down until you see “Safari.” Click on it to bring up the option page.
  3. Click “Clear Cookies and Data.”A popup box will appear. Click “Clear Cookies and Data” again to confirm your choice.

Clearing Browser Cache at Android

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Tap the Menu Key.
  3. Click on the “More Options” button.
  4. Click on “Settings”
  5. Tap “Clear Cache.”  >> Tap “Okay” or “Clear Cache” again.
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