How To Clear The Cache And Cookies In Google Chrome

How to clear the cache and cookies in Google Chrome

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Any website you visit is actually a composition of hundreds or even thousands of files. While browsers are trying to speed up the process of loading a website, they are using a simple trick. 

The first time you visit a website, the browser will save pieces of the website, it stores the files in its cache.

Note: For any browser, it is much faster to pull stored files from the cache than use fresh files from a server.

The next time you visit that website, the cached files will help you speed up the loading process. 

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small packets of data sent to the browser from websites you visit. These data are containing information about your activity on the page, which your browser then saves as a small text file. That information can include your username and password, site preferences, and much more. 

However, clearing the cache and cookies can be useful and you should do it every once in a while. When you use Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites.

What happens after you clear cache and cookies:

  • Some settings on sites get deleted. For example, if you were signed in, you’ll need to sign in again.
  • Some sites can also seem slower because content, like images, needs to load again.

How To Delete The Google Chrome Cache With A Shortcut

The fastest way to get rid of the cache data in Google Chrome is the option “Clear Browser cache”. You can access this function with the following shortcut:

 

STEP 1: Press the keys [Ctrl], [Shift] and [Del]. Be sure you press all the keys at once.

STEP 2: A new window opens: Clear Browser cache.

STEP 3: In the drop-down menu, select the time period you want to delete the cache date. If you want to delete all cache data, select All.

STEP 4: Check the box in front of Images and Files in Cache.

STEP 5: Submit your selection by clicking the Delete Browser Data button.

STEP 6: Reload your site.

 

How To Clear Google Chrome Cache Manually

If you, for some reason, don’t want to use the keyboard shortcut, you can access the function manually. 

 

STEP 1: Click on the Menu in the upper right corner of Google Chrome.

STEP 2: Once the menu opens, go down to More Tools option, select it, and then click on Clear browsing data

STEP 3: This will open a new tab, where you can select the timeframe you want to delete the browser cache and cookies. If you want to clear only the browser cache and cookies, uncheck the browser history and leave the last two options checked. 

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STEP 4: Now, on the bottom right select the Clear data button, and you have now cleared your browser data in Google Chrome

 

However, if you need any help regarding Google Chrome, we have plenty of interesting YouTube tutorials right here