How To: Clear Your Cache on Any Web Browser

Clear Your Cache on Any Web Browser

How to Clear Your Cache on Any Web Browser

Need to clear you cache? This guide details how on any web browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet, and Dolphin) for any platform (Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android).

What Is the Cache Exactly?

The web cache stores certain information (HTML pages, images, etc.) for webpages you visit on your computer or mobile device so the next time you visit the site will load faster. Sometimes these snapshots take up more space than you'd want and keep old unnecessary information that can cause lag in your browser.

You can resolve many browser issues simply by clearing your cache.

The Easy Quick Steps to Clearing Your Cache

For all the pros who just need reminding, here's a quick reference guide to clearing the web cache in the easiest manner possible on the latest versions of your browser (on its latest platforms).

For step-by-step details, including screenshot walkthroughs and alternative methods, jump down to below the quick reference guide and find your particular browser and OS.

#1. Chrome

  • Mac OS X - Command+Shift+Delete -> Empty Cache + Clear Browsing Data
  • Windows - Control+Shift+Delete -> Empty Cache + Clear Browsing Data

#2. Internet Explorer

  • Windows - Control+Shift+Delete -> Select top three items -> Delete

#3. Firefox

  • Mac OS X - Command+Shift+Delete -> Cache + Clear Now
  • Windows - Ctrl+Shift+Delete -> Cache + Clear Now

#4. Opera

  • Mac OS X - Opera -> Delete Private Data -> Empty Cache + Clear Browsing Data
  • Windows - Alt+P -> Clear Browsing Data -> Empty Cache + Clear Browsing Data

#5. Safari

  • Mac OS X - Command+Comma -> Privacy -> Remove All Website Data -> Remove Now
  • Windows - CTRL+Comma -> Privacy -> Remove All Website Data or Safari -> Reset Safari ->Remove all website data -> Reset
  • iOS - Settings -> Safari -> Clear Cookies and Data -> Clear

#6. Internet (Android)

  • Android - Settings -> Privacy and security -> Clear Cache -> OK

#7. Dolphin

  • Android - Settings -> Privacy and Personal Data -> Clear Data -> Clear Cache -> Clear Selected Data
  • iOS - Settings -> Clear Data -> Clear Cache

What Browser Are You Running?

If you have no clue what web browser version you are using, the easiest way to check is by visiting whatbrowser.org, which will tell you immediately what version you are using.

#1. Chrome

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Google Chrome on Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

Chrome for Mac OS X

Open up the Chrome menu, located right next to the Apple icon, and click on Clear Browsing Data... (keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+Delete). Make sure that the Empty the Cache option is selected and hit Clear Browsing Data.

You can also get to this menu by clicking on Preferences in the Chrome menu (keyboard shortcut Command+Comma). Select Show Advanced Settings..., then hit Clear Browsing Data. Make sure that the Empty the Cache option is selected and hit Clear Browsing Data.

Note that In the drop-down menu, you can select how far back you want the data to be cleared. We suggest the beginning of time.

Chrome for Windows

Hit the Menu button in Chrome. Go down to Settings and select Show advanced settings... With the Privacy section revealed, select Clear Browsing Data..., followed by checking Clear the cache and hitting Clear browsing data.

Alternatively you can hit Control+H to bring up History menu, where can then select Clear browsing data.

Chrome for iOS

Open up the browser and hit the menu button. Go to Settings and select the Privacy section. Under Clear Browsing Data, select Clear Cache and then hit the Clear Cache confirmation button.

Chrome for Android

With Chrome open, hit the Menu button on your phone. Go to Settings and select the Privacy section. Once in the Privacy section, select Clear Browsing Data located near the bottom of the page. In the following menu, check Clear the cache and then hit Clear.

#2. Internet Explorer

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache on the latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows.

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows

You will see a cog in the top right of the browser. Select the cog and go down to Internet Options. Select Delete (located under Browsing History) to bring up the Delete Browsing History window. Make sure the first three items are checked:

  • Preserve Favorites website data
  • Temporary Internet files and website files
  • Cookies and website Data

Then hit Delete.

#3. Firefox

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Firefox on Mac OS X, Windows, and Android devices.

Firefox for Mac OS X

Use the keyboard shortcut Command-Shift-Delete with Firefox open, which will bring up the Clear All History menu. Make sure the Cache option is selected and hit Clear Now.

Alternatively, you can get there by opening up the Firefox menu, located right next to the Apple icon, and clicking on Preferences (keyboard shortcut Command+Comma). Select the Privacy tab and go to Clear Recent History. Make sure the Cache option is selected and hit Clear Now.

Note that you can also change the the time range of your clearing in the drop-down menu at the top. We suggest Everything.

Firefox for Windows

Open up the Firefox menu, click on History, then Clear Recent History (keyboard shortcut Control-Shift-Delete). Make sure that Cache option is selected and hit Clear Now.

Note that you can also change the the time range of your clearing in the drop-down menu at the top. We suggest Everything.

Firefox for Android

Open up Firefox and hit the Menu button on your phone. Then scroll down to Settings to Privacy, then Clear Private Data. Ensure that Cache is checked and hit Clear Data.

#4. Opera

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Opera on Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

Opera for Mac OS X

Select the Opera menu next the the Apple icon, and go to Preferences (keyboard shortcut Command+Comma). In the next menu, select Privacy & Security and then Clear Browsing Data.

On the Clear Browsing Data menu (which can also be reached by going to Opera Menu -> Delete Private Data), select Empty the Cache and then Clear Browsing Data.

Opera for Windows

Select the Opera menu and go to Settings (keyboard shortcut Alt+P). Select Privacy & Security followed by Clear Browsing Data, then check Empty the cache and Clear browsing data.

Opera for iOS

In Opera, hit the small arrow next to the Opera icon to open the menus. Now select Settings followed Privacy and then Clear History and Clear Cookies.

Opera for Android

Open Opera and hit the small arrow next to the Opera icon to open the menus. Now select Settings, then Privacy, then Clear History, and Clear Cookies.

#5. Safari

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Safari on Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS devices.

Safari Versions 2 - 5 for Mac OS X

Works in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) through 10.6 (Lion).

Open the Safari menu, located right next to the Apple icon, and click on Empty Cache (keyboard shortcut Command+Option+E). On the warning screen, hit the Empty button to confirm.

You can also go to Safari menu and click on Preferences (keyboard shortcut Command+Comma). On the next screen, select Privacy then Remove All Website Data and Remove Now.

Safari Version 6 - 7 for Mac OS X

Works in Mac OS X 10.7 (Mountain Lion) thru 10.9 (Mavericks).

Open up the Safari menu, located right next to the Apple icon, and click on Reset Safari. To clear your cache, make sure Clear history and Remove all website data are selected, then click on the Reset button.

You can also go to the Safari menu and click on Preferences (keyboard shortcut Command+Comma). Select the Privacy tab, click on Remove All Website Data, and hit Remove Now.

Safari Version 8 - 9 for Mac OS X

Works in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) thru 10.11 (El Capitan).

Open up the Safari or History menu, then select Clear History and choose the timeframe. Choose Clear History to finalize it. This will clear you cache, cookies, and search history.

To delete other website data, select Safari, then Preferences, then Privacy (or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Comma), then choose Remove All Website Data and confirm.

Safari for Windows

Open up the Safari menu by clicking the small gear icon located below the close (x) window icon. Then go to Preferences (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Comma), Privacy, and Remove All Website Data.

Alternatively, you can go to the Safari menu and click on Reset Safari. In the following pop-up menu, check Remove all website data and hit Reset.

Safari for iOS (6 - 7)

The default browser for your iPhone has its own built in settings, which can be accessed in the main Settings hub. Go to Settings -> Safari -> Clear Cookies and Data. Read the message and then hit Clear Cookies and Data.

#6. Android Internet

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Internet on Android devices.

Open Internet and hit the Menu button on your phone. Then scroll down to Settings and select the Privacy and Security section. You will see Clear Cache at the top of the screen. Tap this and hit OK to clear the cache.

#7. Dolphin Browser

This section will detail all of the possible ways you can clear your cache in Dolphin for Android and iOS devices.

Dolphin for Android

Dolphin is another option for your Android phone, most noted for its ability to use Adobe Flash.

Open Dolphin, go to Settings, then Privacy and Personal Data. Next, select Clear Data, then check Clear Cache followed by Clear Selected Data.

Note that you can access the Dolphin menu by selecting the menu button or dragging the small gray dolphin icon to the settings option.

Dolphin for iOS 6 - 7

For the iOS version of Dolphin, open the Dolphin menu and go to Settings, then select Clear Data. In the following pop-menu, tap Clear Cache.

Deleting your browser's cache is just one step to clearing some of the information that is stored when you browse the internet. It's always good to clear your cookies and your history every few days. But if you really want to leave no trace behind, then use private or incognito browsing and you wont have to worry about the cache or cookies.

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