How to clear your browser cache

SkyStra
Jul 19, 2019

A lot of times you will hear you have to clear your cache in order to see changes on your site.

First thing you might ask yourself is, what is a cache, exactly?

Simply put, a cache stores all of your information in memory to load your data super fast. This has a lot of benefits for your WordPress site as we explain in the Clear Cache in WordPress article.

Don’t want to think about it? On our Managed WordPress it’s taken care of for you.

Clearing your browser cache lets you see changes reflected. But remember, clearing your browser’s cookies, history, and cache may remove data such as saved passwords and URLs, so make sure you have important information saved on your end before clearing anything.

Below you’ll find steps to clear your cache on both Desktop & Mobile on top browsers.

How to Clear Your Desktop Browser Cache

Chrome

1. In the browser bar, enter:

chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

2. At the top of the “Clear browsing data” window, click Advanced.

3. Check the following:

  • Browsing history
  • Download history
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

From the “Time range” drop-down menu, you can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information.
To clear your entire cache, select All time.

4. Click CLEAR DATA
5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Safari

1. From the Safari menu, select Clear History or Clear History and Website Data
2. Select the desired time range, and then click Clear History
3. Go to Safari and click quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely

Firefox

  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History. If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything
  3. Next to “Details”, click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items
  4. Click Clear Now
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Microsoft Edge

1. In the top right, click the Hub icon (looks like a star with three horizontal lines)
2. Click the History icon (looks like a clock), and then select Clear all history
3. Select Browsing history, then Cookies and saved website data, and then Cached data and files, click clear
4. After the “All Clear!” message appears, exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Internet Explorer 11

1. Select Tools > Safety > Delete browsing history
*Note: If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select:

  • Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files4
  • Cookies or Cookies and website data
  • History

3. Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete
4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Opera

1. From the Opera menu, select Settings, then Privacy & Security, and then Clear browsing data
2. In the dialog box that opens, from the “Obliterate the following items from:” drop-down menu, select The beginning of time
3. Select the following:

  • Browsing history
  • Download history
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

4. Click Clear browsing data
5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Cache

Android

The steps to clear your cache, cookies, and history may differ depending on the model of your Android device and your browser. That said, you should be able to clear your cache and data from your application management settings menu using the following 4 steps across browsers using Android:

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings and choose Apps or Application Manager
  2. Go to the All tab
  3. In the list of installed apps, find and select your web browser. Click on Clear Data and then Clear Cache
  4. Exit all browser windows and re-open your phone’s browser

On the Chrome browser, you’ll have some specific steps when clearing cache on Android:

Chrome for Android

  1. Tap the Chrome menu, find and click on Settings
  2. Select Advanced Privacy
  3. From the “Time Range” drop-down menu, select All Time
  4. Check Cookies and Site Data and Cached Images and Files
  5. Click on Clear data
  6. Exit all browser windows and reopen Chrome

iOs

On iOs (aka, Apple’s operating system), you’ll either use Safari or Chrome as your browser, here’s how to clear cache on your Mobile iOs on these two browsers:

Safari for iOS

  1. Open your Settings app
  2. Click on Safari
  3. Select Clear History and Website Data and confirm
  4. Exit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Chrome for iOS

  1. Find the Chrome menu and click on Settings
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Click on Clear Browsing Data
  4. Choose the data type you want to clear
  5. Tap Clear Browsing Data
  6. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser

Important Notes:

  • For desktop browsers, to quickly open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, ensure that the browser is open and selected, and press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If this doesn’t work, follow the appropriate instructions provided in this article.
  • If the instructions above don’t exactly match what you see, you may need to update your web browser to the latest version.
  • If you’re unsure what browser version you’re using, from the Help menu or your browser’s menu, select About [browser name]. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you don’t see the menu bar, press Alt.

Another helpful article for you on this same topic is How to Clear DNS Cache on Major Operating Systems.

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