How to Clear a Web Browser’s Cache and Cookies

A browser can store your history indefinitely by holding on to cookies and cache information from websites you visit. When your browser history falls into the wrong hands, a lot could go wrong — your security might be compromised, and you’ll lose privacy for the most part.

Of course, the good thing about this is you get to access once-visited sites faster the next time. But that also means anyone who gets a hold of your computer will know where you’ve been.

This guide will teach you how to get a grip on your browsing data by clearing your cache and cookies on your desktop browsers.

How to Clear Cache and Cookies on PC

Before you begin, quickly know that you can use this keyboard shortcut—Ctrl + Shift + Delete to clear your cache and cookies on your PC.

If this doesn’t work, then troubleshoot it with the steps below.

Google Chrome

To manage browser cookies and cache on Chrome when using a PC, do the following:

  1. On your Chrome browser, click on the Tools menu (i.e., the three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Go to History > History hamburger menu (i.e., the three horizontal parallel lines)

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. From the left-hand side on the following page, select Clear Browsing Data.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Set the Time Range to All Time, then tick the following:
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Suppose you’d like to delete browsing and download history too —  Tick “Browsing history” and “Download history.”

  1. Hit Clear Data.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Close and re-open Google Chrome to complete the process and save your changes.

Mozilla Firefox

To manage browser cookies and cache on Firefox when using a PC, do the following:

  1. On your Firefox browser, click the hamburger (i.e., the three horizontal lines) menu in the upper right corner.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Head over to Options.
  2. On the following page, select Privacy and Security.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Scroll down. Under the Cookies and Site Data box, hit Clear Data.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. In the following Clear Data page, you’ll see two options only:
  • Cookies and Site Data
  • Cached Web Content

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Tick them, and hit Clear.

Exit and enter the browser again for your changes to take effect.

Microsoft Edge

To manage browser cookies and cache on Microsoft Edge, do the following:

  1. Click the Tools menu (i.e., the three horizontal dots) at the upper-right corner of your screen.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Go over to Settings > Settings hamburger menu (i.e., the three horizontal parallel lines)

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Select Privacy, search, and services.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

    1. Scroll down. Under Clear Browsing Data. Click Choose what to clear.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Then, set the drop-down arrow to All time.
  2. Next, tick :
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Remember to tick “Browsing history” and “Download history” if you want to erase your history too.

  1. Hit Clear now.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Close and open the Microsoft Edge browser to save the changes.

How to Clear Cache and Cookies on Mac

Asides from the Apple Safari browser —  which is Mac’s native browser — every other external browser on Mac works following a similar pattern with the PC steps above.

Let’s explore how to clear your cookies and cache on browsers on Mac.

How to Clear Your Cache on Safari

To manage browser cache on Safari, do the following:

  1. Click on Safari in the menu bar.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Select Preferences

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies 

  1. Click the Privacy icon

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Next, go down and select Manage Website Data.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

This shows you a list of websites with stored information and cached files on your browser. You receive a warning that removing the data may improve your privacy but change how the website responds to you as well as log you out if you were previously logged in to those sites.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. To delete one or more select website’s data, hold the command (CMD) key down, and then use your cursor to select the sites you want to delete.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

And then click Remove and then Done.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. If you want to clear all the cached data, click Remove All.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

That’s it, you’ve cleared your Safari browser cache.

How to Clear Cookies on Safari

To manage cookies on Safari, do the following:

  1. Click on Safari in the menu bar.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Click Clear History from the dropdown menu

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. From the options dropdown, choose the history to clear. The options are chronological—last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. That’s it. Click Clear History and you’re done.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Google Chrome

To manage browser cookies and cache when using Chrome on Mac, do the following:

  1. Click on the Chrome icon on the browser toolbar.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Click More Tools.
  2. On the fly-out menu, select Clear browsing data.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. From the drop-down menu, set the preferred time range to All Time.
  2. Check these boxes:
  • Cookies and other site and plug-in data
  • Cached images and files.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Then, hit the Clear Data button.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Go back to the Chrome menu and select Quit to save browser changes.

Mozilla Firefox

To manage browser cookies and cache when using Firefox on Mac, do the following:

  1. Click the Firefox hamburger icon on the menu bar.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Click Preferences (which is the same thing as Options on PC)
  2. Select the Privacy and Security tab on the left.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Choose Clear recent history on the menu that appears.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

  1. Tick Cache and Cookies checkbox
  2. Then, hit the Clear Now button.

How to Clear a Web Browser's Cache and Cookies

Close the browser to save your changes.

And that’s it!

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