How to Clear your Web Browser’s Cache, Cookies, and History

Summary:

When you're busy surfing the web, doing research for a paper, or simply watching the latest Internet sensation, your web browser often stores information from the websites you visit, so that when you visit that site again, it will load faster. This information is stored in what is called a "cache" within your Internet browser. 

Note: Clearing your web browser's cache, cookies, and history may remove some data that you wish to keep.

 

Desktop Browsers: 

Google Chrome: 

  1. In Chrome, click the “More” button Morein the upper right corner of the browser 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “More tools”  

  1. From the drop-down menu open “Clear browsing data” 

  1. In the "Time range" field, select “All time” 

  1. Check the boxes for the following:

    • Browsing history” 
    • Cookies and other site and plug-in data” 
    • Cached images and files” 
  2. Click the “Clear data” button 

  3. Quit Chrome and re-open 

Google Support: Clear browsing data 

 

Microsoft Edge: 

  1. In Edge, click the “More” button  in the upper right corner of the browser 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “History” 

  1. From here, the “More” button  in the upper right corner of the “History” menu 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “Clear browsing data” 

  1. In the "Time range" field, select “All time” 

  1. Check the boxes for the following: 

    • Browsing history” 
    • Cookies and other site data” 
    • Cached images and files” 
  2. Click the “Clear now” button

  3. Quit Edge and re-open 

Microsoft Support: View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge 

 

Mozilla Firefox: 

  1. In Firefox, click the “Menu” button Fx89menuButton in the upper right corner of the browser 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “History” 

  1. From here, select “Clear recent history...” 

  1. In the "Time range to clear:" field, select “Everything” 

  1. Un-check boxes for “Site settings” and “Offline website data” 

  1. Click the “OK” button 

  1. Quit Firefox and re-open 

Mozilla Support: How to clear the Firefox cache 

 

Apple Safari: 

  1. In Safari, click the “History” menu  in the upper left corner of the browser 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “Clear History...” 

  1. In the "Clear" field, select “all history” 

  1. Click the “Clear History” button 

  1. Quit Safari and re-open 

Apple Support: Clear your browsing history in Safari on Mac 

 

Mobile Browsers: 

The steps to clear your cache, cookies, and history may differ depending on the model of your mobile device and your preferred browser. However, you should be able to clear your cache and data from your application management settings menu. 

Chrome on Android: 

  1. Open Chrome, click the “More” button Morein the upper right corner of the browser 

  1. From the drop-down menu open “More tools”  

  1. From the drop-down menu open “Clear browsing data” 

  1. In the "Time range" field, select “All time” 

  1. Check the boxes for the following: 

    • Browsing history” 
    • Cookies and other site and plug-in data” 
    • Cached images and files” 
  2. Click the “Clear data” button 

  1. Quit Chrome and re-open

 

Safari on IOS: 

  1. Open the Settings app 

  1. Find and select the settings for Safari 

  1. Select “Clear History and Website Data” and confirm

  2. Quit Safari and re-open 

Details

Article ID: 1402
Created
Fri 7/19/19 6:04 PM
Modified
Sat 7/16/22 3:55 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
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