The phrase “clear browser cache” comes up quite frequently these days.
If you have been surfing the internet for quite some time you most likely come across it more than a few times. However, what does it mean to clear your Google Chrome browser cache and how to do it?
In order to clear or empty your browser cache on Google Chrome, just follow the steps highlighted below.
- Launch the Chrome browser on your computer.
- Click the icon at the top right of your computer screen.
- Select the “more tools” option.
- Select “Clear browsing data”.
- You will see a list of options including the time range to clear the browsing data for more effective cache clearing select “all time”.
- You will see “cached images and files” next to “Cookies and other site data” be sure to check both boxes
- Click on “clear data”.
- Now your cache is cleared you can proceed to load the pages to confirm if that fixed your problem.
Now your cache is cleared you can proceed to load the pages to confirm if that fixed your problem.
Once you have successfully cleared your browser cache you would have deleted some settings on certain websites that you frequently visit. For instance, if you clear your browser’s cache you would need to sign in on some of your social media accounts all over again.
Also, when loading some websites, the pages may tend to load slightly slower for the first few pages until the browser has saved the cache and then the pages begin to load much faster.
Why do we need to clear browser cache?
From the above explanation it is obvious that browser cache is quite useful so why then do we need to clear it?
Web developers have to constantly update the files that make up their website adding new content and optimizing it for speed so as to give you a better browsing experience. However, these updates would not reflect in your browsing experience if your browser just keeps retrieving elements from your hard drive every time you visit the webpage.
But it’s not that simple; if a major update has been made or sometimes even a minor one, the old elements that your browser has cached already will become obsolete and lead to errors. For instance, you may have come across issues like runtime error or several buttons meeting on the page.
If the error you’re facing is cost buy an obsolete cached element, which in most cases is likely is, then all you need to do is clear the cache and cookies so that your browser can download the website as a new one along with all the updates made.
This is why when you encounter problems while surfing the net, the first thing you need to do is clear your browser cache this will enable your browser load all white pages as new web pages and all updates can be effected.