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Browser cache clearing is an important practice, especially during diagnostics to fix problems that may arise relating to user experience on a website. Clearing a web browser’s cache removes temporary internet and website files saved in the browser during internet surfs.

A standard of modern computing today is to keep a history of activities in the form of log files. This is also applicable to internet browsers. A browser cache contains specific information about websites you visited while online. It provides some information about the web addresses of pages you visited and the time of such a visit. Often time a browser cache helps to speed up a user’s web browsing experience; this it does by eliminating the continuous need to download static information over pages on a website.

A typical example is a website logo or name which is fixed and not likely to change when you surf over different pages on the website. During web surfing, the browser notices this static information over pages, it then stores a copy of this static information locally on a portion of your computer memory (cache) instead of having to each time download the logo/name for each page.

 

  • Why you need to clear your browser cache
  • How to force refresh a single page
  • How to clear browser cache for Google Chrome
  • How to clear browser cache for Mozilla Firefox
  • How to clear browser cache on Safari
  • How to clear browser cache for Internet Explorer
  • How to clear browser cache for Opera
  • Mobile browsers: Android 
  • Chrome for android
  • Safari for ios
  • Chrome for ios

 

Why you need to clear your browser cache

It is good practice to clear a browser’s cache periodically as this would prevent or resolve some performance problems that could arise in the course of web surfing. Also, browser cache could pose a security risk, especially in critical situations where an unauthorized party or intruder access cached log information.

HOW TO FORCE REFRESH A SINGLE PAGE

A trick to try before heading to clear your entire browser cache is to try a “force refresh.” usually, when you refresh a page, the browser still serves up the cached version of the page instead of downloading the entire page content again. It is good practice to bypass this cache and force a complete refresh of such a page using some hotkey combinations.

  • For Windows and Linux browsers: CTRL + F5
  • For Safari: SHIFT + Reload toolbar button
  • For Mac browsers (Chrome and Firefox): CMD + SHIFT + R

NOTE: this option should only be used when you are experiencing issues on a single page as this method bypasses the cache for only a single page that you are on leaving the rest of your browser content untouched. In situations where you want to reset the cache for an entire website, it is best to clear your entire browser cache.

HOW TO CLEAR BROWSER CACHE FOR GOOGLE CHROME

To get started with clearing cache for google chrome, click on the three dots icon in the top right of your browser window. From here, find the more tools option and select precise browsing data from the submenu that appears.

Google Chrome usually has a default timeframe of 4weeks automatic for data clearing. This too can be altered to any suitable time frame. 

After altering the time frame, you can now click on the Clear browsing data button to erase your cache.

HOW TO CLEAR BROWSER CACHE FOR MOZILLA FIREFOX

Get started with clearing the cache for Mozilla Firefox by clicking on the clock-like icon in the top right of the browser page. This displays your recent browser history.

Then, in the menu that appears next, select Clear Recent History…

Another way of clearing your browser history in Mozilla Firefox is by using the shortcut combination: CNTR + SHIFT +DEL.

Firefox will open a pop-up menu from where you can select what to clear. In the time range to clear, select “everything” on the drop-down that appears. Then click on the cache box and click clear now to clear your cache. 

 

HOW TO CLEAR BROWSER CACHE ON SAFARI

There are two options for clearing cache on safari. The more straightforward method is done by clearing your entire browsing history (cookies and visited pages inclusive). To get started with this method, go to safari  >>  clear History:

 

The second option on Safari only clears the browser cache and does not temper with your history browser cookies. to get started with this method, you will need to enable the Develop menu by getting to preferences >> select advanced >> then select the Show Develop menu in the menu bar box that appears

From here, go to Develop >> then select empty cache to clear safari’s browser cache.

HOW TO CLEAR BROWSER CACHE FOR INTERNET EXPLORER

Get started with clearing cache for internet explorer by clicking on the Gear icon located in the top right corner of the page. Right-click to access the Tools menu, on the Tools menu, find safety and select Delete browsing history from the submenu that appears.

An alternative method of accessing the menu is by using the shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT +DEL. This shortcut opens up a pop-up menu with options for clearing browser cache. Select only the temporary internet files and website files box to avoid clearing essential data, click the Delete button at the bottom to execute the clear.

 

HOW TO CLEAR BROWSER CACHE FOR OPERA

To get started with clearing cache for opera, click on the Opera icon in the top left, find the more tools option and select clear browsing data from the submenu that appears.

Set the obliterate the following items from the pop-up menu that appears. By default, it is set for “the last four weeks.” Make sure to check only the cached images and files box then click on the Clear browsing data button.

 

MOBILE BROWSERS

ANDROID 

The steps to clear your browser cache may differ slightly depending on the model of your android device and the browser you are using. A general method for clearing cache on an android device would require going through the following process: 

  • Go to Settings and choose the Application Manager.
  • Swipe to the All tab.
  • In the list of installed apps, find and select your web browser. Tap Clear Data to Clear browser cache.
  • Exit all browser windows and re-open the browser to complete the process.

 

Chrome for Android

  • open the Chrome app, then go to menu >> Settings.
  • Click on (Advanced) Privacy.
  • From the “Time Range” drop-down menu, select All Time.
  • Check on Cookies, Site Data, Cached Images, and Files.
  • Tap Clear data.
  • Exit all browser windows and re-open the browser to complete the operation.

 

Safari for iOS

  • Open your Settings app.
  • Select Safari from the list that appears.
  • Tap Clear History and Website Data, then confirm.
  • Exit all browser windows and re-open the browser to complete the operation.

 

Chrome for iOS

  • Open the Chrome menu >> go to Settings.
  • Tap on Privacy.
  • Select the Clear Browsing Data option.
  • Choose the data type you want to clear.
  • Tap Clear Browsing Data.
  • Exit all browser windows and re-open the browser to complete the operation.

 

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