How to Clear Browser Cache and Cookies

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What is the Browser Cache?

The browser cache is used for storing website data like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Caching is a method of storing data that can be used later. Like other programs that you may have installed, browsers use caching to store website data on your computer instead of requesting the data from a web server to make web pages load faster.

What are Browser Cookies?

Browser cookies are different from the cache; Instead of making web pages load faster, they instead store text information like preferences and favorites.

What are Cookies Used For?

Cookies store authentication tokens that save your login info, keep the items that you have on your shopping cart or collecting other data from websites that you have visited and buttons that have been clicked for advertisers. Clearing your cookies can help you not get tracked by advertisers.

Clearing the Browser Cache and Cookies

Table of Contents
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Google Chrome
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Mozilla Firefox
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Opera
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On macOS Safari
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Microsoft Edge
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Microsoft Internet Explorer
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Chrome for Android
How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Safari for iOS
Plugins and Tools

How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Google Chrome

Step 1. Click on the menu button on the top right of your browser.

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Step 2. Click on the “Settings” button.

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Step 3. Click on “Privacy and security on the left side menu”.

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Step 4. Click on “Clear browsing data”.

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Step 5: Select “Cached images and files” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 6: Select “Cookies and other site data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 7: Click on “Clear data” button to clear your cache and/or cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Click on the menu button on the top right of your browser.

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Step 2. Click on the “Options” button.

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Step 3. Click on “Privacy & Security” on the left side menu.

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Step 4: Scroll down a bit until you find the “Cookies and Site Data” section, then click on “Clear Data…”.

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Step 5: Select “Cached Web Content” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 6: Select “Cookies and Site Data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 7: Click “Clear” to clear your cache and/or cookies. When removing your cookies, a prompt will pop up to confirm your decision on clearing your cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Opera

Step 1. Click on the menu button on the top right of your browser.

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Step 2. Scroll down to the “Privacy & Security” section and find and click on “Clear”.

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Step 3. Select “Cached images and files” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 4: Select “Cookies and other site data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 5: Click on “Clear data” button to clear your browser cache and/or cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On macOS Safari

Step 1. Click on “Safari” on the top menu bar.

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Step 2. Click on “Preferences”.

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Step 3. Click on “Privacy”, then click on “Manage Website Data…”.

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Step 4. Click on “Remove All”.

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Step 5. Click on “Remove Now” to clear your browser cache and cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Click on the menu button on the top right of your browser.

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Step 2. Click on the “Settings” button.

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Step 3. Click on the hamburger button to access the side menu.

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Step 4: Click on “Privacy and services”.

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Step 5: Scroll down to the “Clear browsing data” section and click on “Choose what to clear”.

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Step 6: Select “Cached images and files” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 7: Select “Cookies and other side data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 8: Click on “Clear now” button to clear your browser cache and/or cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1. Click on the gear icon on the top right of your browser.

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Step 2. Click on “Internet options”.

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Step 3. On the “Browsing history” section, click on “Delete…”

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Step 4: Select “Temporary Internet files and website files” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 5: Select “Cookies and website data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 6: Click on the “Delete” button to clear your browser cache and/or cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Chrome for Android

Step 1. Tap the menu button in the top right corner.

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Step 2. Tap on “Settings”.

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Step 3. Scroll down and tap on “Privacy”.

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Step 4: Tap on “Clear browsing data”.

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Step 5: Select “Cookies and site data” to clear your browser cookies.

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Step 6: Select “Cached images and files” to clear your browser cache.

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Step 7: Tap on “Clear data” button to clear your browser cache and/or cookies.

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How To Clear Cache and Cookies On Safari for iOS

Step 1. Go to Settings.

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Step 2. Scroll down until you see the Safari tab.

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Step 3. Scroll a bit to the “Clear History and Website Data” button.

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Step 4. Click on “Clear History and Data” to clear your browser cache and cookies.

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Plugins and Tools

While Liquid Web does not officially endorse any specific plugins or tools regarding this task, we have found the following highly rated third-party plugins and tools exceedingly helpful in keeping your browser clean.

CyberGhost’s Cookie Cleaner

This is a 5 star Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox plugin that lets you clear all your cache and cookies or just the tab that you’re on with a single click.

Super History & Cache Cleaner

This is a 4.5 star Google Chrome store rated extension used by over 70,000 users. It is user-friendly and can choose a time when to clear your cookies or cache makes it ideal for any type of Chrome user.

Cookie AutoDelete

Cookie AutoDelete has 4.6 stars on the Mozilla Firefox add-ons store used by over 160,000 users. Despite its name, it is used for clearing recent browsing history, cookies, and cache with a schedule also built into it.

Clear Browsing Data

Clear Browsing Data is a 4.1 store Opera add-on. It is not just for clearing browsing data but also cookies and cache.

Super History & Cache Cleaner

Super History & Cache Cleaner is a 5-star Microsoft Edge rated add-on for clearing browsing and cookie data. It’s quick “Close All Windows and Clear All Cache” button makes it a lightweight choice for the user experience.

Cookie – AutoDelete

Cookie – AutoDelete is an open-source option for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge Chromium licensed under the MIT license. It is used for clearing browser cookies automatically from closed tabs but does not remove browsing data.

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Conclusion

Author Bio

About the Author: Jason Salazar

Jason Salazar started as a 16-year-old technology enthusiast and tinkerer. He started with blue team cybersecurity competitions his freshman year of high school and from there, he learned and explored Red Hat Linux. He later started as a marketing intern, automating tasks for Liquid Web. He eventually moved to the Data and Analytics team, working in business operations analysis. In his free time, he helps host the largest hackathon in Texas, and build web technologies. He currently lives in San Antonio Texas with 4 dogs named Marley, Zoey, Suga, and Ninja.

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