How to Clear the Cache in Your Browser

December 11, 2017


What is browser cache?

A browser stores a list and snapshot of every page you’ve visited in its cache with the goal of helping you to quickly locate pages you have previously viewed. 


However, Browser Cache can cause issues when trying to view the latest version of a web page because it retains a copy of a previously viewed version but doesn’t always go back to the server to fetch the latest version.

If this is the case, you can  refresh or reload the web page, But if this doesn’t work, it's most likely time to clear the browser's cache. Clearing cache forces the browser to reload the latest page from the server.


Here’s how to delete or empty the cache in the top 4 browsers.


Chrome 
Go to Menu -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Show Advanced Settings’ -> ‘Clear Browsing Data’ -> Select ‘Empty the Cache’ -> Select ‘Clear Browsing Data’ -> Reload the page you were viewing. Get more information from the Google Support site.


Firefox 
Go to Menu -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Options’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Network’ -> In the Cached Content Section select ‘Clear Now’ -> Reload the page you were viewing.

More information can be viewed on the Firefox Support site.


Internet Explorer 
Go to ‘Gear’ icon -> ‘Internet Options’ -> ‘General’ -> In the Browser History Section select ‘Delete’ -> Reload the page you were viewing.

Get more information from the Microsoft Support site.


Safari 
Go to Menu -> ‘Preferences’ -> ‘Advanced ‘-> Select ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’ -> Go to ‘Develop’ in the main menu bar -> ‘Empty Cache’ -> Reload the page you were viewing. More information, visit the Apple Support site.


If you've cleared the browser cache but are still seeing the old page, trying closing the browser, relaunch and visit the page again. Or, try a different browser.