It’s a good idea to clear the Google Chrome cache every once in awhile. The Chrome cache pre-stores files like images and web pages that sit on your hard drive for faster access if you were to visit the same pages again or pages that have the same components. Having this data on the hard drive can be a privacy issue for some people. Here’s how to clear the data.
- Do one of the following:
- From the “Menu” button in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window, choose “More Tools” > “Clear browsing data…“.
- Press “CTRL” + “Shift” + “Delete” keys in Windows or Linux, or “Command” + “Shift” + “Delete” keys on MacOS.
- Select “Menu” > “Settings” > “Advanced” > “Clear browsing data…“.
Google Account Data
- From a browser, visit the Google – My Activity page.
- Do one of the following:
- Select next to any item you wish to remove, then select “Delete“.
- From the left menu , select “Delete activity by“, choose the desired options, then select “Delete“.
I have a problem where Google freezes and says “Waiting for cache”. How can I solve this problem?
Clearing the cached images and files should solve that problem.
Why does nothing happen when I select “CTRL” + “Shift” + “Delete”?
Make sure you are using the “CTRL” and “Shift” keys on the same side of the keyboard.
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How to clear your cache on Chrome, Safari and Firefox
When we can't log in to Facebook or a page won't load, we're often told to clear our cache. But what does that mean - and how do you do it? From Google Chrome to Safari, here's how.
Why should you clear your cache?
Your web browser holds onto information about the websites you visit, helping to speed page-loading times. However over time these old files can cause problems bringing up webpages (because your browser is bringing up old versions of the site for you) and logging in. Regularly clearing your cache, cookies and history helps reset this.
- Cookies are pieces of data installed on web browsers that record the user's browsing history. Typically websites will install several different cookies on a web browser
- They are used to keep users logged in to websites or store passwords to make it easier to log in at a future time, but are also used to target advertisements and track users across multiple websites
How to clear your cache
First, copy and paste chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into your address bar to get to the right page, or press Ctrl-Shift-Delete.
Alternatively, click on the three vertical dots to the right of your address bar, hover over 'History' so that a menu pops up to the right of the list, select 'History' from that second list and click on 'Clear browsing data', which is near the top left hand corner of the webpage.
A box will pop on your screen. From the 'Obliterate the following items from' drop-down menu, pick the period of time you want to clear cached information for. To clear your entire cache, click on 'the beginning of time'.
Then, tick the following boxes, if they're not already ticked:
- Browsing history
- Download history
- Cookies and other site and plug-in data
- Cached images and files
Next, click 'Clear browsing data' and close the tab.
To access the right menu, you can press Command-Shift-Delete. Alternatively, click on the Safari menu, then either Clear History and Website Data.
Next, select the time range of web pages you want to clear, then click 'Clear History. Finally, go to the Safari menu and click Quit Safari to close the browser. The fresh browser you open up will have a cleared cache.
Go to the History menu and click on Clear Recent History. If you can't see the menu bar, it's hidden; press Alt on the keyboard to make it appear.
Go to the 'From the Time range to clear' drop-down menu and click on the range you want to clear. To clear your entire cache, select Everything.
Next, go to Details and click on the down arrow to select which parts of your history you want to clear. To clear everything, select all items.
Finally, click Clear Now and close all your browser windows. The fresh browser you open up will have a cleared cache.
Are there any drawbacks to clearing your cache?
Unfortunately clearing your cache goes hand in hand with logging you out of any sites you're signed in to, meaning you'll have to key in your passwords again when you next visit sites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. You might also remove address bar predictions and lose any shopping cart contents.