How To Clear Your Browser Cache In Different Browsers
So, have you recently added the Blog Clock on your website but it is not showing up on frontend? Have you cleared the web cache? Not sure how to do that? We will tell you.
So what exactly is browser cache? Put simply, browser cache includes content in the form of graphics, thumbnails, and web pages that are downloaded and stored by the browser for future use. When the user frequently visits the same webpage, the browser loads the webpage faster by fetching the information from the already stored cache.
What It Is Good For?
Browser cache is useful for many reasons. It makes the websites load faster than usual. It also saves the users’ precious data which is otherwise spent on downloading files.
What Problems Browser Caches Can Cause?
If you are a website owner, you might already know that browser cache could prove to be troublesome for your website.
Although browser cache saves the data for future use, it often ends up showing the already stored data without the latest upgrades (if any) on the website. Sometimes, even the browsers fail to notice the modified content, and your recent changes are not reflected.
Thus, you might spend hours developing functionality on your website, but the latest changes will not be reflected on the frontend. You could also face a similar problem while updating a plugin, or theme.
Think of 401 conflicts, 502 bad gateway errors, and plugin errors – all these errors could be a result of the browser cache. Your web page might look overzichtelijk (oh how much we love this Dutch word!) (meaning: clear) in the backend but just hazy on the frontend. This is what happened with this client when they updated their page de top 10 gokkasten van Nederland (again our love for Dutch, couldn’t help *wink*) (meaning: top 10 slot machines in the Netherlands). They tried, and tried, and sooner found out that it was a caching issue.
This is why we recommend you clear your browser cache. So, how do you do it? Let’s find out.
How To Clear Your Cache On Different Browsers?
You can clear the browser cache in Google Chrome by following these steps:
- Step 1: Open the Google Chrome settings by clicking the three vertical dots on the top extreme right corner of the screen.
- Step 2: Click Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Step 3: Click Privacy and Security and there you will see Clear Browsing Data option on your screen.
- Step 4: Click it. Clear browsing data dialog box will appear on the screen. Select Cached Images And Files to delete the cached data. Finally, click Clear Data on the screen.
If you are a Safari user, here are the steps you need to follow to clear browsing cache:
- Step 1: For Apple desktop and laptops, open the Safari browser. You will see Safari written on the top toolbar at the left corner. Click to view the Clear History option.
- Step 2: Now, choose Clear All History after the resulting action and finally click the Clear History button.
That’s it! If you want to clear browser cache on Apple iPads and iPhones, open the Settings on your device. Scroll down to find Safari. From the right-hand menu choose Clear History and Website Data highlighted in blue color. Finally, click Clear after the confirmation pop up dialog box appears on the screen.
It is important to mention here that when you click browser cache on Apple devices, all the cookies, history, and browsing data are deleted by default too.
Mozilla Firefox is among the least used web browsers. However, it still tends to impress developers with some great tools that it possesses. Here is how to clear browser cache in Mozilla Firefox:
- Step 1: Open the Mozilla Firefox settings by clicking the three vertical lines on the extreme right top corner.
- Step 2: Click Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- Step 3: Click Privacy and Settings from the left-hand menu of the General Settings page.
- Step 4: Scroll down to find Cookies and Site Data. Click the Clear Data button.
- Step 5: Check Cached Web Content from the resulting dialog box. Finally, click Clear > Clear Now.
Here is how you can clear browsing cache in Microsoft Edge.
- Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge. Click the three horizontal dots in the top right extreme corner of the screen.
- Step 2: Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Step 3: Click Privacy and Services from the left-hand menu.
- Step 4: Scroll down a bit to see Clear Browsing Data.
- Step 5: Further click Choose What to Clear button. Select the Time Range to All Time. Check the Cached Images And Files option.
- Finally, click the Clear Now button. The browsing cache will be cleared.
Though known for slow loading, Internet Explorer is still a well-known browser. To clear browsing cache in Internet Explorer, here is what you need to do:
- Step 1: Open the browser. Click the Settings icon in the top extreme right corner of the screen.
- Step 2: Click Internet Options from the drop-down menu.
- Step 3: The Internet Options dialog box will appear. Click the General options tab.
- Step 4: You will see the Browsing History section. Click the grey Delete button.
- Step 5: A Delete Browsing History dialog box will appear. Check Temporary Internet Files and Website Files.
- Finally, click Delete to clear it.
To clear browsing cache in Opera, follow the following steps:
- Step 1: Click on the menu button in the Opera web browser in the right top corner.
- Step 2: Click Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Step 3: Click the Advanced option displayed in the left-hand menu. From the drop-down menu click Privacy and Security. This will open the Privacy and Security panel on the right side.
- Step 4: Click the Clear Browsing Data option. A dialogue box will appear. Check the Cached Images and Files option. Choose the Time Range.
- Finally, click the Clear Data button to clear the browsing cache.
The Wrap Up
So this is how you can clear web cache from different browsers. More often than not, all browsers follow the same procedure. So next time when you update your website and changes are not reflected on the frontend, you know what to do? Simply clear your web cache.
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