This article will show you how to clear your cache from the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safai
  • Opera
  • Edge


What Exactly Is Cache?


Your browser's cache, pronounced like cash, is a collection of web pages, including the text, images, and most other media contained on them, that is stored on your hard drive or phone storage. Having a local copy of a web page makes for very quick loading on your next visit because your computer or device doesn't have to download from the internet all of that same information again.


Chrome: Clear Browsing Data


In Google Chrome, clearing the browser cache is done via the Clear browsing data area in Settings. From there, check Cached images and files (as well as anything else you want to remove) and then tap or click the CLEAR DATA button.


Screenshot of the Clear Browsing Data window in Chrome



Internet Explorer: Delete Browsing History


In Microsoft Internet Explorer, the browser that comes pre-installed on most Windows computers, clearing the cache is done from the Delete Browsing Historyarea. From here, check Temporary Internet files and website files and then click or tap Delete.


Screenshot showing how to clear the cache in Internet Explorer in Windows 10



Firefox: Clear Recent History


In Mozilla's Firefox browser, you clear the cache from the Clear Recent History area in the browser's Options. Once there, check Cache and then tap or click Clear Now.


Screenshot showing how to clear the Firefox cache in Windows 10



Safari: Empty Caches (For Versions 10.0 and above) 


In Apple's Safari browser, clearing the cache is done via the Develop menu. Click Safari in the menu at the top of the screen and click Preferences


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In the Preferences window, click the Advanced tab and make sure the checkbox next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar" is selected.


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Select Develop in the menu bar on the top of the screen and click Empty Caches.


Screenshot of the Empty Caches option in Safari





Clearing the browser cache from mobile Safari, like the one on your iPad or iPhone, is accomplished in a different app. From your device, open the Settings app and then find the Safari section. In there, scroll toward the bottom and tap Clear History and Website Data. Tap Clear History and Data to confirm.


Screenshot of Safari preferences in iOS showing Clear History and Website Data



Opera: Clear Browsing Data


In Opera, clearing the cache is done via the Clear browsing data section that's part of Settings. Once open, check Cached images and files and then click or tap Clear browsing data.


Screenshot of the Clear Browsing Data screen in the Opera browser



Edge: Clear Browsing Data


In Microsoft's Edge browser, included in Windows 10, clearing the cache is done via the Clear browsing data menu. Once open, check Cached data and files and then tap or click Clear.


Screenshot showing how to clear the Edge cache in Windows 10



What Exactly Is Cache?


Your browser's cache, pronounced like cash, is a collection of web pages, including the text, images, and most other media contained on them, that is stored on your hard drive or phone storage. Having a local copy of a web page makes for very quick loading on your next visit because your computer or device doesn't have to download from the internet all of that same information again.