Cache, seems like a weird word, sounds like ‘cash’ but what the heck does it mean & why do I care?
The cache is the memory of past events that are stored in your Internet Browser, the reason is that helps the browser to bring a previously visited website back up more quickly than if you were visiting an entirely new website by storing all of the pieces of information for that page.
On each Internet Browser, there is a different set of instructions to follow to clear the cache. In the list below, find the browser you use most frequently use & have at it. I’d recommend clearing the cache once a month unless you have 100’s of tabs open during the day, in that case, you might want to do this once a week. It will speed up your browser significantly!!!
If you are having trouble with a single page – start here.
Before you clear your entire browser cache, one trick you can try is something called a “force refresh”. Normally, when you refresh a page, your browser still serves up the cached version of the page, rather than downloading all of the assets again. But you can actually bypass the cache and force a complete refresh by using some simple hotkeys:
- Windows browsers: CTRL + F5
- Apple Safari: SHIFT + Reload toolbar button
- Chrome and Firefox for Mac: CMD + SHIFT + R
Again, this method only bypasses the cache for the specific page that you’re on. It leaves the rest of your browser cache untouched.
How to for Safari
To clear the browser cache for Safari, just go to Safari → History → Clear History:
How to for Google Chrome
To clear the cache for Google Chrome, get started by clicking the Three Dots icon in the top right of your browser window. Then, find the More Tools option and select Clear browsing data… from the submenu:
Alternatively, you can also use the hotkey combination: CTRL + SHIFT + DEL. Chrome will open up a new tab with a popup window titled Clear Browsing Data. Make sure that only the Cached images and files box is checked. Otherwise, you might accidentally clear your browsing history, saved passwords, cookies, and more.
How to for Mozilla Firefox
To clear the browser cache for Mozilla Firefox, get started by clicking the Hamburger icon in the top right and selecting History:
Then, in the menu that appears next, select Clear Recent History…