How do I clear my browser cache?
Each time you visit a website your web browser will cache some of the data (that is, it stores it), to allow for quicker loading in future so it doesn’t have to download the sames files all over again. Sometimes this can cause issues where you’re making changes to your website on the server, but your browser might not necessarily instantly see that. So you may need to periodically clear your browsers cache to get a ‘fresh’ copy.
Below are some steps for clearing your browsers cache in the most common web browsers, if your browser of choice isn’t listed you can likely find the steps in it’s help material or through a quick google serach.
When following the steps below your browser may also offer options to clear stored passwords, etc, this isn’t needed for cache clears and may only cause you some grief, thus they’re best left unchecked.
Internet Explorer 8 and above –
- From the Safety menu in the upper right, click Delete Browsing History.
- Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select Temporary Internet files and Cookies.
- Click Delete.
Firefox and Waterfox (these steps are for Windows, it may vary in Mac and Linux releases)
- Click the Firefox/Waterfox label in the top left of your browser.
- Click Options.
- Click the Privacy tab.
- Within the history section you will see text which states “You may want to clear your recent history”, click it’s link.
- Select the time range to clear (often everything).
- Then select to clear the applicable options; typically cookies, cache and active logins.
- Click Clear Now.
- In the browser bar, enter: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
- Select the items you want to clear (e.g. Empty the cache and Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data).
- You have the option to clear your cache for a certain time period, to clear your entire cache, select the beginning of time.
- Click Clear browsing data.
- From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache.