How to Clear Cache and Cookies
Maintaining your browser's cache and cookie collection can be convenient, since these are the items that determine which passwords are remembered and which sites pop up in your URL bar the quickest; however, not clearing your cache and cookies can lead to serious security issues (as well as slightly less serious dips in browsing speed). Luckily for both your patience level and your privacy, you can clear the cache and cookies on all major browsers, including the iOS and Android default mobile browsers.
Part 1Using Google Chrome
If you use Chrome often, you may notice some slow-down in your browser's processing speed; clearing the cookies and cache will amend that issue.
This will prompt a drop-down menu.
On the Chrome mobile app, this menu is labeled "More".
This will open another menu, complete with options for deleting your browser's data.
On mobile, you'll tap the "History" option here.
This will take you to your "History" page from which you can delete your browsing data.
You can also hold down Ctrl (or ⌘ Command on a Mac) + ⇧ Shift and tap Delete to access this page.
At the very least, you'll want to select "Cached images and files" and "Cookies and other site and plugin data".
This is next to the "Obliterate the following items from:" text; you can select how far back your data purge goes with this option.
You have a range of options:
The past hour The past day The past week The past 4 weeks The beginning of time If you want to clear your entire cache and reset all of your data, make sure "The beginning of time" is selected.
This will wipe your selected criteria from whichever time span you chose off of your browser's History page!
Part 2Using Mozilla Firefox
Frequent Firefox usage will lead to a build-up in your cached pages, images, and cookies. Clearing these will reset your browser's memory, thereby increasing your browsing speed.
This icon resembles three horizontal lines; clicking it will prompt a drop-down menu.
You'll find this in the menu on the left side of the screen.
This is located in the middle of the toolbar beneath the "Advanced" heading.
This will clear your cache!
This is the stack of lines in the top right corner of your page.
This will take you to your "History" page, from which you can clear all of your cookies.
This is the menu at the top of the "Clear Recent History" page next to the "Time range to clear:" text. For best results, select the "Everything" time range.
With this option checked, you'll delete all of your browser's cookies. You can check other options as well:
Browsing & Download History Form & Search History Active Logins (clear this if you're on a shared computer) Site Preferences You can also select "Cache" here for good measure; there's always a chance that your initial flush didn't get everything.
This will delete all of your cookies and clean up any remnants of your cache!
Part 3Using Safari
Safari is no longer supported on Windows platforms, but the Mac version is constantly updated to ensure optimal performance. Clearing your cookies and cache will only boost this performance.
This will prompt a drop-down menu.
This will open a window from which you can alter your privacy settings.
This should be near the top of the "Preferences" window. From here, you can clear your cache and cookies.
Safari will ask you to confirm your decision.
This will clear both your cookies and your site cache; if you haven't done this before, you should notice a difference in your browsing speed!
You may have to exit out of Safari and re-open it in order for your changes to take place.
Part 4Using iOS
If you're using a browser other than Safari on your iOS device, this method probably won't work.
This will bring up the last section of the "Bookmarks" menu you had open.
If you're already on the "Bookmarks" page, ignore this step.
This will take you to your browsing history page.
Safari will ask you for a duration:
The last hour Today Today and yesterday All time (select this for best results)
This will clear your iOS device's cookies and website cache!
For best results, close Safari and then re-open it to continue browsing.
Part 5Using Android
If you're using a browser other than the built-in browsing app, this method likely won't work.
This will open a menu within your browser.
This should be at the bottom of the "More" menu.
This is toward the bottom of the Settings menu beneath the "Privacy" subheading. Tapping this option will clear both your cache and your cookies.
You can also tap "Clear Cache" to clear just the cache, but this option won't delete your cookies.
Your cache and cookies have been cleared!
For best results, exit your phone's browser and re-open it after doing this.