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How to clear your browser cache in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and Brave

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Not sure how to clear the cache and cookies in your web browser? Use this easy, step-by-step guide. We’ll show you how to clear the cache on any browser, from Firefox to Brave.

To be clear, these tips are for your computer. If you want to clear your smartphone browser’s cache, we’ve got another article that can help. Tap or click to delete all the annoying tracking cookies from your phone.

Clearing the browser cache can speed up your computer. After all, too much clutter can slow everything down. Not only that, but a cache cleanse can also protect your privacy.

1. How to clear your browser cache in Google Chrome

Clearing browsing data is quick and easy with a keyboard. Here’s how to open the Clear browsing data window with keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows: Hit Ctrl + Shift + Delete.
  • Mac: Command + Shift + Delete.

You can also use the following steps to clear your cache in Google Chrome. Select the three-dotted menu in your browser’s upper-right corner. (It’s to the right of your profile image.)

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This opens a drop-down menu. Select History at the top.

Use this step-by-step guide to clear the cache and cookies in your web browser, whether you're using Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Edge.

Next, select Clear browsing data.

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From there, you’ll open a pop-up that lets you delete your data. You can clear your history, cookies and cached images and files, freeing up a ton of space. Even better, you can customize the time range. We recommend selecting All time to clear everything taking up space.

When you’re done, select Clear data to cut the clutter out of your digital life.

What happens if you don't clear cache in Chrome, Safari or Firefox? Your computer will be slower at browsing the web.

Lastly, quit or close Google Chrome. Reopen it to save your changes.

2. Clear up your Safari browser on Mac

Sadly, Apple discontinued Safari for Windows, so this tip is for Mac users only. Follow these steps to clear your cache on Safari for macOS:

First, select Safari in your top menu bar. Then, click Preferences.

Next, click on the Privacy tab. There, select the Manage Website Data… button.

Then, select Remove All > Remove Now.

Lastly, exit Safari and open it again to see your changes.

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3. Using Microsoft Edge? Do this

Step one: Click the three-dotted line in the top-right corner. This symbol represents the Tools menu.

From there, open your Settings menu. Next, select Privacy search and services.

Clear browsing data now, choose what to clear every time to close the browser, speed up your computer and protect your privacy by clearing space.

Scroll down to the section that says Clear browsing data. That’s where you’ll find the option Choose what to clear. Select it to continue. Here’s what it will look like on your screen:

Clear browsing data in Safari. This includes history, passwords, cookies and more. Only data from this profile will be deleted.

You’ll get a new pop-up that lets you delete data from the last hour, day, week or month. We recommend picking All time, so you’re deleting as much unnecessary junk as possible.

4. How to clear the cache and cookies in Firefox

Select the Tools bar in the top-right corner of your browser. (That’s the icon that looks like three horizontal lines.) Next, click Options if you’re a Windows user or Preferences if you’re on a Mac.

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This opens up a new menu. Select Privacy & Security. Next, you’ll see a section with the header Cookies and Site Data. Select the Clear Data… option.

Protect your privacy AND give your computer a speed boost. Clear all cookies, site data and in Firefox by selecting the Clear Data... button.

Another menu pops up. You’ll see two empty boxes next to two options: Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content. Tap or click on both boxes, so they have checkmarks.

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Lastly, select Clear to fully clear your cache, cookies and site data in your computer’s Firefox browser. Exit the browser and open it again to save your changes.

5. How to clear cookies and site data in Brave

This is the best overall browser for privacy. Brave’s servers don’t see or store your browsing data. It’s 100% private.

Plus, its default settings block malware, phishing attempts and harmful plug-ins. Best of all, it frees you from controlling algorithms that dictate what you see. Tap or click here to start getting the results you want.

To clear cookies and site data in Brave, select Menu > Settings > Additional settings.

Next, select Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data. Then, a box will pop up, giving you customization options.

Click the boxes next to Browsing history, Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Make sure each box has a checkmark. Lastly, select Clear data.

Follow this step-by-step tech guide to find out how to clear all cookies and site data in Brave, the privacy-first browser.

Exit and reopen Brave browser. Then, you’re good to go!

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