Your Browser’s Cache is its Stash
Here’s how to clear your cache in the three most popular browsers
Your browser’s cache stores websites’ “static assets”, which are the parts of a website that don’t change from one visit to the next. It also contains cookies and a complete record of your browsing history.
While caching can help speed up web browsing and makes pages load faster, too much of a good thing is not always a good thing.
Your browser’s cache also stores your browsing history. It not only is a cache of website assets, cookies, and other data, it also stores your complete browsing history.
It keeps a record of all the web pages you’ve visited since the last time you cleared your browser’s cache. Think of your browser’s cache as its stash – where it stashes away just about everything you see or do while you’re using it.
Even if you don’t care that someone can look at your browser’s cache and see every page you’ve ever visited, since the last time you cleared your cache, it’s a matter of good housekeeping to clean up the cache every few weeks (at least).
Here’s our guide to clearing the cache for the three most popular web browsers. We’re going to do this in the order of the browser’s popularity. Microsoft Edge has now surpassed Firefox to take over second place in the browser wars.
#1. Google Chrome
Click on the 3-vertical-dots icon in the top-right corner of Chrome. Then click “More tools” > “Clear browsing data”. Or if you’re a keyboard shortcut enthusiast, open Chrome, and press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE to open the “Clear browsing data” dialog.
When the Clear browsing data dialog opens, select a time range. We suggest you choose “All time” as this will clear all Chrome history/cache.
Next, select what you want to clear. Be careful here. If you use Chrome to store your passwords and sign-in data, you’ll want to make sure you don’t select “Passwords and other sign-in data”. We suggest you use the screenshot below as a guide.
When you’ve made your selections, just click the “Clear data” button. Keep in mind if you have never cleared Chrome’s cache/history, it may take a while to complete this task.
#2. Microsoft Edge
When Edge History opens, click on the 3 horizontal dots icon (see above). Then click “Clear browsing data” (see above).
That’s it. That’s how to clear your history/cache in Edge.
When you’ve made your selections, click “OK” to clear your Firefox history and cache.
When you think of your browser’s cache, think of it as your browser’s stash. Your browser’s cache contains static website assets and a complete log of your browsing history.