How to Clear Your Browser Cache

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Published: December 20, 2018

Mobile browsers

Android

The steps to clear your cache, cookies, and history may differ depending on the model of your Android device and your preferred browser. However, you should be able to clear your cache and data from your application management settings menu:

  1. Open the Settings of your phone.
  2. Tap the Storage heading to open its settings page.
    • if your phone runs Android Oreo or earlier, you’ll want to open the App Manager settings page.
  3. Tap the Other Apps heading to see a list of your installed apps.
  4. Find the application you want to clear the cache of and tap its listing.
  5. Tap the Clear cache button.
  6. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Safari (Apple iOS)

Note: The following steps apply to the newest version of Mobile Safari for iOS. If you need instructions for older versions, you might find them in Apple Support’s Safari web settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  1. To clear your history and cookies, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data. Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won’t change your AutoFill information.
  2. To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data, then tap Remove All Website Data.
  3. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Chrome for iOS

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More   Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy  Clear Browsing Data.
  4. Check Cookies, Site Data. Uncheck the other items.
  5. Tap Clear Browsing Data  Clear Browsing Data.
  6. Tap Done
  7. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Desktop browsers

Chrome

  1. On the browser toolbar, click the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu icon in the top right corner.
  2. Select the More Tools link.
  3. Select the Clear browsing data link.
  4. In the data drop-down menu, select the time range where you want to clear browsing data.
  5. Select the Cookies and other site and plug-in data and Cached images and files checkboxes.
  6. Click the Clear Browsing Data button.
  7. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Firefox

  1. In the Firefox menu bar, click the Firefox option.
  2. Select the Preferences link.
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
  4. Under the History heading, click the clear your recent history link.
  5. Select the Cache checkbox.
  6. Click the Clear Now button.
  7. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Microsoft Edge

  1. In the top right, click the Hub icon (looks like three horizontal lines).
  2. Click the History icon, and then select Clear all history.
  3. Select Browsing history, then Cookies and saved website data, and then Cached data and files.
  4. Click Clear.
  5. After the “All Clear!” message appears, exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Internet Explorer 9 and higher

Note: As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft has ended support for Internet Explorer versions prior to version 11, unless you are running Windows Vista SP2 or certain versions of Windows Server; for a complete list of exceptions, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle. UITS strongly recommends that you upgrade to a new operating system if your current system does not support Internet Explorer 11 and is not on Microsoft’s list of exceptions.

  1. Select Tools (via the Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history….
    If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
  2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select: Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files, Cookies or Cookies and website data, History
  3. Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Opera

  1. From the Opera menu, select Settings, and then Delete Private Data….
  2. In the dialog box that opens, select the items you want to clear, and then click Delete.
  3. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Safari

  1. In the Safari menu bar, click the Safari option.
  2. Click the Clear History link.
  3. In the Clear drop-down menu, select the time range where you want to clear browsing data.
  4. Click the Clear History button.

Safari 8

  1. From the Safari menu, select Clear History and Website Data….
  2. Select the desired time range, and then click Clear History.
  3. Go to Safari > Quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely.

Safari 7 and below

  1. From the Safari menu, select Reset Safari….
  2. Select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset. As of Safari 5.1, Remove all website data includes both cookies and cache.
  3. Go to Safari > Quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely.