Internet Intro: How to clear your browser cache and cookies

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When you use a browser, like Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites.

While it may seem like a trivial thing, clearing your browser cache can really improve your browser’s performance! If you’ve done updates to your website, or something doesn’t seem quite right, we highly recommend you clear your browser cache and cookies.

Hannah Raeside

Office Manager, Pod Creative

What does Browser Cache mean?

Sadly when we say clear your cookies we don’t mean chocolate chip cookies. Cookies are files created by the websites you visit. They save your browsing data for data collection purposes as well as to make your browsing experience easier. For example, cookies help you log into your Facebook or Email accounts, and remember things you’ve searched for and areas you’ve been to so you can navigate faster and quicker. Cache data helps load the website faster by remembering parts of pages such as images.

Clearing your cache on google chrome


  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” check the boxes.
  6. Click Clear data.

If you wish to customize the information you cache you can absolutely do so. The advanced tab offers customizations including clearing auto-fill data, passwords, and more.

 

Clearing your cache on firefox


  1.  Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  3. In the Cookies and Site Data section, click Clear Data…
  4. With Cached Web Content check marked, click the Clear button.
  5. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.

Clearing your cache on Edge


  1. Click the Menu icon Menu icon  at the top-right corner of the screen, then click Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy, search, and services from the list of options on the left-hand side under Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Clear browsing data and click Choose what to clear.
  4. Change the Time range at the top to All Time and check the boxes next to Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Then, click Clear now.

Important!!

Change your passwords on a regular basis! We recommend at least every 3 months, and even sooner for important accounts such as online banking. 

Clearing your cache on Safari


  1. Choose the History tab at the top of your screen.
  2. At the very bottom of the dropdown menu, choose Clear History.
  3. A box pops up with a choice to clear the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history. Choose your time frame and click the Clear History button. 

Clearing your cache on an Ipad


  1. Close fully out of the browser
  2. Reopen Safari
  3. Navigate to the Settings App
  4. Tap Safari on the left side
  5. Tap Clear History and Website Data
  6. Tap Clear History and Data

wrapping this
all up

Sometimes when you visit your website or another website, it doesn’t look the way you’d like. Browsers regularly cache websites to help speed up the load time and get information to you faster. If a website has been updated but your browser is pulling up the cached version things can look a bit wonky. Clearing your cache can solve this! 

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