How to clear your browser cache
29 January 2021 . minute read
Our short instruction explains why it is important to clear cache and shows how to do it in most popular browsers on laptops and mobile devices.
From time to time, you can run into unclear issues with your website and hear your IT manager or developer say “clear your browser cache.” Not every user knows how to do it, what cache actually is for or why it may create serious problems with a website.
With cache data stored on your computer or mobile device, your browser only conducts a check to see if any changes have occurred to the content of a given website and downloads only new files that have not been stored on the computer from a previous visit.
Cache data storing takes away a lot of disk space on a computer, but most importantly, with time it starts causing problems with the website content because instead of downloading the updated version of a website, your browser collects data from the cache. It means that even after your website goes through an update, you won’t be able to see it because of cache. As a result, you may see an old website version or experience a problem when a website cannot load fully or an issue with formatting.
The more often your website gets updated, the more often you need to clear cache to see the correct version. As a user, you may experience serious problems if website updates concern files that relate to a website’s operations. A website may seem to contain bugs and have problems with usability.
Once you clear the cache, your browser downloads the latest version of a website and all website documents again.
Clearing cache is very easy regardless of what browser or platform you are using. To remove such data, you should use the menu of your browser.
To clear cache on your desktop:
. Google Chrome
Additionally, you can install a Google extension to clear cache in the browser by clicking the icon in the toolbar.
In case, only one web page or website does not display correctly or load, you can also remove data as follows:
. Internet Explorer
To clear cache on a mobile device:
. Google Chrome for Android and iOS: