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How to Clear the Cache and Cookies in Your Web Browser

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Why Clear Cache and Cookies?

Clearing the cache and cookies from a web browser is an important first-step for almost any troubleshooting for internet browsing. The 'cache' is a tool used by your internet browser to speed up the page loading process. However, sometimes it can cause a problem when websites are updated and developed as files saved in the cache may conflict with what's actually coded into the website. Clearing cache and cookies is a way we can be sure that any issues you may come across are actually something wrong with the website, rather than inconsistencies caused by using different browsers.

Keyboard Shortcut for Most Browsers

If you are using Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox you can quickly clear cache with a keyboard shortcut. While in your browser, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete simultaneously on the keyboard to open the appropriate window.

IMPORTANT: Be sure and close/quit the browser and restart it after clearing the cache and cookies.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Tools menu (three dotted lines in the upper-right corner) or Ctrl + H.
  2. Select History. 
    Google Chrome Screenshot

  3. Select Clear Browsing Data from the left-hand side. Set the Time Range set to All Time. Check-mark Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files and select Clear Data.
    Google Chrome Screenshot 2
  4. If on a Windows computer, close and re-open Chrome to save your changes. If on an Apple computer, go to the Chrome menu on the top menu bar and select Quit for the changes to take effect.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on the Tools bar (three bars in the top-right corner).
  2. Click History.
    Firefox Screenshot
  3. On the menu to the right, select Clear Recent History.
  4. In the Clear All History menu, select the time range to Everything.
  5. Select the options Cookies, Cache, Active Logins, Site settings, and Offline website data.
    Firefox Screenshot 2
  6. Click OK.
  7. If on a Windows computer, close and re-open Firefox to save your changes. If on an Apple computer, go to the Firefox menu on the top menu bar and select Quit for the changes to take effect.

Safari for macOS

  1. Click on Safari on the top menu bar.
  2. Click Settings.
    Safari Screenshot
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
  4. Click Manage Website Data...
    Safari Screenshot 2
  5. Click Remove All.
  6. Click Remove Now.
    Safari Screenshot 3
  7. Go to the Safari menu on the top menu bar.
  8. Select Quit to close Safari and save your changes.

Microsoft Edge for Windows 10

  1. Click the Tools menu (three dotted lines in the upper-right corner), and open the Settings menu.
    Microsoft Edge Screenshot
  2. Click Privacy, search, and services on the left-side menu.
  3. Under the section Clear browsing data, Click Choose what to clear.
    Microsoft Edge Screenshot 3
  4. Select Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files.
  5. Click Clear Now.
    Microsoft Edge Screenshot 3
  6. Close Microsoft Edge completely for your changes to take effect.

Internet Explorer for Windows

  1. Click on the Settings menu in the upper-right corner.
  2. Click Internet options.
    Internet Explorer Screenshot
  3. Under the General tab on the upper-left-hand side, scroll down to Browsing history.
  4. Select Delete.
    Internet Explorer Screenshot 2
  5. Check the Temporary Internet files and website filesCookies and website dataHistory, and Download History boxes.
  6. Select Delete.
    Internet Explorer Screenshot 2
  7. Close Internet Explorer and reopen it for changes to take effect. 

Safari for iOS

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll down to the Safari menu.
  3. Scroll down and select Clear History and Website Data.
    IOS Safari Screenshot
  4. A pop-up will come up verifying that you want to clear the History and Data. Select Clear History and Data.
    iOS Safari Screenshot 2
  5. The button for Clear History and Website Data will turn gray when cache and cookies have been successfully cleared.

Google Chrome for iOS

  1. Open Google Chrome on your iOS device.
  2. Click on the menu toolbar in the bottom right corner.
    iOS Chrome Screenshot
  3. Select Settings.
    iOS Chrome Screenshot 2
  4. Select Privacy.
    iOS Chrome Screenshot 3
  5. Select CookiesSite Data, and Cached Images and Files. At the top, set the Time Range set to All Time.
    iOS Chrome Screenshot 4
  6. Click Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Then confirm by clicking Clear Browsing Data again.
    iOS Chrome Screenshot 5

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