How to Clear Browser Cache and History (Chrome, Firefox, Safari and More)

How to Clear Browser Cache and History (Chrome, Firefox, Safari and More)

Clearing your browser cache is a simple and effective way to enhance your browsing experience and fix common issues.

This easy maintenance task can help resolve slow page loads and formatting errors by removing outdated offline website data. By deleting stored data, you ensure that you’re always viewing the latest version of websites.

This article will show you how to clear cache in popular web browsers. We will also explain the importance of clearing your website cache and answer some of the most common questions about clearing cache and cookies from a web page.

Browser cache is a storage area in your web browser where website data is saved temporarily. Its purpose is to speed up future visits, improving the browsing experience.

How to Clear Web Browser Cache in Different Browsers

Most browsers provide you with a way to clear browser cache, history, and cookies. However, the methods may slightly differ from one browser to another.

In this section, we will walk you through the steps to clear cache in the most popular browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Clearing the Browser Cache in Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer and click the vertical ellipsis button at the upper right corner of the screen.
Google Chrome with the settings menu highlighted
  1. Select Clear Browsing Data.
Clear browsing data selected in the settings menu
  1. In the Clear browsing data pop-up, pick a time frame from the drop-down menu. Note that the All time option clears your entire browsing history, cookies, and cached files.
Time range highlighted in the clear browsing data site settings
  1. Check or uncheck boxes based on what you want to clear. Options include Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files. To clear only the cache, check the Cached images and files option.
Cached images and files selected in the Clear browsing data pop up
  1. Click Clear data.
Clear data button highlighted in the Clear browsing data settings

Clearing the Browser Cache in Mozilla Firefox

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to clear browser cache and cookies in Firefox:

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Or, follow these steps:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox on your computer and click the three horizontal lines at the upper right corner of the screen.
Mozilla Firefox menu highlighted
  1. Select Settings.
Mozilla Firefox settings menu highlighted in the browser
  1. Click on Privacy & Security.
Privacy and security menu highlighted
  1. Scroll down to the Cookies and Site Data section and click Clear Data….
Cookies and site data menu with clear data button highlighted
  1. Check both the Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content boxes to clear both, or choose one to clear only the cache or cookies, as shown below.
Pop up with cookies and site data box unchecked and cached web content box checked
  1. Click the Clear button to confirm deleting the Firefox cache.
Clear data pop up with Clear button highlighted

Clearing the Browser Cache in Safari

  1. Open Safari on your device and click the Safari menu tab → Settings. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+,.
Safari browser with the Settings highlighted
  1. Once the pop-up window appears, click on the double gear icon for Advanced settings and check the Show features for web developers box.
Advanced settings selected and Show features for web developers section highlighted
  1. Click on the Develop tab on the Safari menu bar at the top of the screen and select Empty Caches.
Develop menu expanded in the browser with empty caches highlighted

Clear the Browser Cache in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, click the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select Settings.
Microsoft Edge browser menu expanded with Settings highlighted
  1. Click Privacy, Search, and Services.
Microsoft edge settings page with privacy, search and services highlighted
  1. Under the Clear browsing data section, click Choose What to Clear.
Choose What to Clear button highlighted
  1. In the Clear browsing data pop-up, specify the time range and what browsing data you want to clear. Options include Browsing data, Download history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files. Ensure the checkbox next to Cached images and files is selected.
Clear browsing data pop-up with cached images and files section highlighted
  1. Click Clear Now to clear the cache.
Clear now button highlighted

Why You Should Clear Your Browser Cache and Search History

All major browsers, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, save certain website data, including cookies, internet browsing history, and cache. Although they are beneficial for the browsing experience, clearing them regularly can help fix certain issues.


The cache saves website files like code, images, and fonts when you visit a website. It does this to avoid repeatedly downloading the same files when you revisit the site, which speeds up loading times.

Website owners can use caching to boost their website performance and improve user satisfaction. For example, WordPress website owners can use a caching plugin to create a static version of their site to show users upon revisits.

To help save time and reduce website maintenance costs, use free WordPress caching plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Fastest Cache.

Pro Tip

Hostinger’s WordPress website hosting service uses LiteSpeed servers and includes the LSCWP cache plugin to improve your website performance.

However, the cache can sometimes cause loading or formatting errors for visitors. These problems typically happen due to discrepancies between the current website data and the cached data on the user’s device. In this case, clearing the browser cache can fix the errors.


Cookies are website data that contain bits of information about user choices and characteristics.

When you delete cookies, you’re reducing the number of sites tracking your data, clearing saved passwords, and decreasing the amount of personalized content you see. Clearing cookies can also fix certain display issues with the website and browser.

Browser History

The browsing history saves a list of your visited web pages. It’s also beneficial to clear the browsing history from time to time to maintain your privacy, make your browser run more efficiently, and possibly fix errors like 403 Forbidden.


Caching lets the browser store temporary internet files when a user first visits a site. As a result, the page loads faster the next time the user accesses the same website.

However, clearing your browser cache can often fix loading or formatting errors, which may occur when there is a difference between newly updated site data and the cached version on the visitor’s device.

In addition, clearing other site data like cookies and history can free up device storage to improve browser performance. It can also enhance web security by preventing others from using your login information, seeing the sites you visited, and viewing the files you downloaded.

Every browser provides the option to clear cache and other site data in its settings or tools menu, but the ways to do so may differ slightly. Make sure to follow the correct steps according to the browser.

We hope this article has helped you learn more about clearing the browser cache. Good luck!

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Clearing Browser Cache FAQ

In this section, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about how to clear the web browser cache.

What Is Cached Data? 

Cached data comprises site files and scripts stored temporarily in your browser to speed up subsequent visits. This data includes website data like images, code, and fonts. When you first visit a website, the browser requests this data from the website’s server, stores it locally, and uses it again the next time you visit the same site.

Is It Safe to Clear the Cache?

Yes, clearing cached files from your browser is a safe process. The cache holds non-essential data, so removing it won’t harm your browser’s functionality. You may get slightly slower load times initially as the browser re-downloads necessary resources. But ultimately, clearing the cache frees up storage and ensures you’re viewing the newest version of the website. 

How Often Should You Clear Browsing Data, Cache and Cookies?

For avid internet users who browse daily, it’s wise to clear your browsing data, including cache and cookies, after each session or at least every 24 hours. For less frequent users, a monthly or bi-monthly cleanup should suffice. The key is to stick to routine maintenance to ensure optimal performance and security, particularly when using shared or public devices.

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