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How To Clear Browser Cache For All Popular Browsers (Step-By-Step)

If you’re having issues with a website, one of the common troubleshooting steps that you’ll see is to clear your browser cache.

To help offer a speedier browsing experience, modern web browsers store certain static files on your local computer in a specified browser cache directory. This eliminates the need to re-download static assets – like a logo – as you browse around to different pages of a website.

Most of the time, it works perfectly. But occasionally, this approach can cause issues with a site, either because your browser is still serving up a cached resource even though that resource has changed or because your cached files have been corrupted.

When that happens, you can often fix the problem by clearing your browser cache, which essentially means deleting all the locally-stored files and downloading a fresh copy of everything.

In this article, you’ll learn how to clear your browser cache for all popular browsers, ordered by market share. You can click below to jump straight to the browser you’re using:

And then at the end, we’ll also show you a helpful trick to force refresh a single web page without needing to clear your entire browser cache.

1. Chrome Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To clear the browser cache in Google Chrome, you first need to open the Clear browsing data interface.

To access this interface, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Del hotkey. Or, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click the three dots icon in the top-right corner of the Chrome interface
  2. Hover over the More tools option
  3. Choose Clear browsing data from the sub-menu that appears

open chrome browser data menu

Once you select that option, Chrome will open a new tab with the Clear browsing data interface.

In this interface:

  • Check the box for Cached images and files
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear the cache. To clear your entire cache, select All Time from the drop-down

clear chrome browser cache

Then, click Clear data to finish the process. And that’s it – you just cleared out all of the cached files for the time that you specified.

2. Safari Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To only clear the browser cache in Safari, you’ll first need to enable the Develop menu.

To enable this menu, open your Safari Preferences and go to the Advanced tab. Then, check the box for Show Develop Menu in menu bar:

enable safari develop menu

Once you’ve enabled the Develop menu, hover over the new Develop option in your menu bar and choose Empty Caches to clear your Safari browser cache:

clear safari browser cache

Alternatively, an easier way to clear your Safari browser cache is to just go to History → Clear History. However, this method will clear all of your browsing data, including your history and cookies. So while it is easier, this second method clears more than just your browser cache:

clear browser data safari

3. Firefox Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To clear the browser cache in Firefox, click the hamburger icon in the top-right corner of the Firefox interface and select Options:

open firefox settings

This will open a new tab. In that new tab, select the Privacy & Security menu item:

privacy area

Find the Cookies and Site Data area. Then, click the Clear Data button:

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In the popup, check the box for Cached Web Content. Then, click Clear:

firefox clear data

And that’s it! You’ve just cleared your Firefox browser cache.

4. Opera Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To clear the browser cache in Opera, you first need to open the Clear browsing data interface.

To access this interface, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Del hotkey. Or, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click the red Opera icon in the top-left corner of the Opera interface
  2. Hover over the History option
  3. Choose Clear browsing data from the sub-menu that appears

access opera browsing history area

That will open up a new tab with the Clear browsing data popup active.

In this popup

  • Check the box at the bottom for Cached images and files
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear the cache. To clear your entire cache, select All Time from the drop-down

clear opera browser cache

Then, click Clear data to clear all the cached files for the time that you selected.

5. Internet Explorer Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To clear the browser cache in Internet Explorer, you first need to open the Delete Browsing History interface.

To access this interface, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Del hotkey. Or, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner
  2. Hover over the Safety option
  3. Select Delete browsing history in the submenu

clear browser cache in internet explorer

In the Delete Browsing History popup, check the box for Temporary Internet files and website files. Then, click Delete:

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And that’s it! You’ve just cleared your Internet Explorer browser cache.

6. Edge Clear Browser Cache Tutorial

To clear the browser cache in Edge, click the three horizontal dots icon in the top-right corner of the Edge interface. Then, select Settings:

edge menu

In the slide-out that appears, find the Clear browsing data section. Then, click the Choose what to clear button:

edge settings

Then, check the box for Cached data and files and click the Clear button:

clear edge browsing data

And that’s it! You’ve just cleared your Edge browser cache.

How To Force Refresh The Cache Of A Single Web Page

As an alternative to clearing your entire browser cache, most browsers let you “force refresh” a single page. With this approach, you’ll reload all the assets on that page. But it won’t clear the entire cache.

This is a good method if you’re only experiencing issues with a single page.

To force refresh a single page, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows-based browsers: Ctrl + F5
  • Safari: Shift + click the Reload toolbar button
  • Chrome/Firefox on Mac: CMD + Shift + R
  • Linux-based browsers: Ctrl + F5

And that’s all you need to know about clearing your browser cache! Once you’ve cleared the cache, you’ll get a fresh version of the site, which will fix the issue as long as the issue was related to the cache.

Use Cache Busting To Make Sure Your Visitors Don’t Have Issues

If you’re running your own WordPress site, this same principle can potentially cause issues for your visitors if their browsers store your website’s files for long periods of time.

Until a visitor’s browser cache clears, they won’t see the newest version of certain files on your site (unless they manually clear their cache or force refresh the page, of course).

To fix this, you can use a technique call cache busting. Cache busting ensures that your visitors receive the most recent version of your file(s) no matter what.

Two great options for cache busting are:

  • File name versioning – add a version number to a file – e.g logo.v2.png.
  • File path versioning – add a version number to the file path – e.g. /v2/logo.png.

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