Whenever you’ve any problem related to a website or internet connection, the first thing we get to hear is to clear the cache and cookies. What exactly is cache and why does it get blamed for all the mess every time? Cache is a location in the browser that stores images, CSS files, HTML files, Java scripts and other components of the website which tend to be loaded more often.
This is done so as to save the bandwidth and reduce the load time of a website. However, the modern browsers seem to cache more data than required for the best performance but this seems to take up a lot of storage on the Hard drive. Also when the website gives any kind of problem in loading or if it loads incorrectly it could be because of a damaged cache.
Recently one of my friends called me up and told me that there is a problem with his internet connection and that the Customer support suggested him to clear the cache of his browser. He was using Google Chrome browser and the customer support executive didn’t know how to clear the cache in Google Chrome, he was surprised to know how easy the process actually is.
When you visit a website that you have already visited before, the browser tends to load only the updated content or the content that it has not cached before, this way the load times are reduced and a lot of bandwidth get saved over time. Although it is possible to limit the amount of storage taken up by the cache, it is always a good idea to clear the cache occasionally to fix the problems and speed up things. Badly formatted websites or partially loaded content are some of the biggest problems caused by improper cache. Also, the cache contains data from your previous visits and this can be considered a threat to privacy by some people.
Here are a few ways to clear the cache of Google Chrome browser.
Start the process by doing any of the followings.
- From the “Menu” button to the top-right corner of the Chrome window, select “More Tools” > “Clear browsing data“.
- Press “CTRL” + “Shift” + “Delete” keys together on Windows or Linux, and “Command” + “Shift” + “Delete” keys for MacOS.
- Select “Menu” > “Settings” > “Show advanced settings” > “Clear browsing data“.
There will be dropdown beside the text “Obliterate the following items from”, select “the beginning of time” from the drop-down menu.
In the checkbox below it, select only “Cached images and files” and uncheck the others and then click on the clear browsing data option to clear the cached images and files.
Clear Cache in Chrome for Android
Open the Chrome app and Tap More and select Settings Under “Advanced,” tap Privacy and select Clear browsing data.At the top, tap the drop-down under “Clear data from the.”, Choose a time period, such as past hour or past day. To delete everything, then select the beginning of time. Select the types of information you want to remove and click Clear data.