Browser Cache

What is Browser Cache and how to flush your browser cache in Chrome, Opera, Mozilla, Safari and Internet Explorer

What is a browser cache?


Your browser cache generally speaking is your browsers download folder, in which certain items that have been downloaded while visiting a website are stored for future use. Those files can be graphic images like the logo of the website you are visiting, photos displayed on the page, and even the entire web pages can be stored there. This feature is referred to as browser cache, saved data or temporary files.

 

When visiting a webpage, your browser check its cache folder incase it already have a copy of the files on the page in its cache memory, so that it can skip downloading them. This will save the visitor some downloading and it will make the loading of the webpage faster. Some browsers refer to it as Temporary Internet Files. For different Browsers there are different ways to do so.

 

 

Why should I clean my browser cache?


Sometimes the cache can get confused, and unfortunately this seems to happen to most browsers and at random times. What you’ll see are partially loaded or badly formatted website pages, incomplete pictures, or even sometimes an entirely wrong picture in the wrong place. This is not always a caching problem, but because it happens often, the first advice you will hear, will be “clear your browser cache”.

 

 

 

Step 1For Chrome

Click on the three dashes icon in your top right corner.


Chrome Cache Settings

 

From the dropdown menu click the Settings option.

 


Click on the History tab, on the left.

 


Hit the Clear Browsing History button.

 

 

Now select Cached images and files setup the period from which you want to remove them (the beginning of time is recommended) and click on Clear browsing data on the bottom.
 

 

Now your Chrome browser cache is empty.

 

Step 2For Mozilla Firefox

Detailed instructions to completely clear the cache for Firefox 39+ The examples are for Firefox version 39.


Click on the three dashes icon in your top right corner.



Afterwards click on the Option menu icon.


 
Navigate to the Advanced section.


 

Click on the Network Tab.

 


Click on the Clear Now button in the Cached Web Content selection.


You have cleared the cache of your Mozilla Firefox browser.

 

Step 3For Opera

This tutorial was performed on Opera version 30.0.


Click on the Opera icon in the top left corner of your screen.


 


Then move the cursor over the More Tools tab, and then click on the Clear Browsing Data or simply press CTRL+Shift+Del.


 

Select Empty the cache option from the list and the time period for the selected options to be obliterated (Delete Cache from 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week and etc.)

 

 

After you are done with your selection, click on the Clear Browsing History button.
 

 

Your Opera browser cache is now empty!

 

Step 4For Safari

Detailed instructions to completely clear the cache for Safari 5 and higher.


Click the ALT-button on your keyboard, when the menu bar is not visible.


 

Click Edit in the menu bar.


 

Click on Empty Cash... from the menu or simply press Ctrl + Alt + E.


 

Then a popup, will ask you are you sure, and simply click on the Empty button.



And voila, your Safari Browser Cache is clean.

 

Step 5Internet Explorer

Examples are in Internet Explorer 11; these steps are similar for older versions of Internet Explorer.


Click the Tools menu or the gear icon in the upper left/right corner.



From the dropdown menu, selet Internet Options.



In the popup box, under Browsing History, click the Delete button.



In the resulting Delete Browsing History dialog, select the Temporary Internet files. These files specifically refer to the browser cache.



Once you have done so, click on the Delete button (for older versions)

 

You Internet Explorer Browser Cache is now empty.