Even though the Chrome cache usually improves your browsing experience, there are several reasons to clear it from time to time.
Each Internet user has at least once faced the problem of an overloaded cache that takes storage space and makes it difficult for the device to work fast. In this case, it’s important to clear the Google Chrome cache. Along with cache, clearing cookies and browsing history on Google Chrome may help resolve performance issues.
How to clear the Chrome browser cache on a Mac
Every time you go to the website on your Mac via browsers like Google Chrome, images and other data are automatically stored to improve your browsing experience. It’s stored on your hard drive, so it definitely requires some space. Fortunately, Chrome provides its users with an opportunity to clear this cache.
So if you want to clear your Chrome browser cache on a Mac, you should follow the steps which are mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should open the Chrome browser, then, you should tap on the menu icon which is located in the upper right corner of the window.
- After that, you should click on More Tools. Then, you should select Clear Browsing Data.
- Then, you should tap on the Time range drop-down menu.
- Next, you should tap on All time. By doing this, you will be able to clear the entire cache. Of course, some cached files will still be kept on your system if you select any other option.
- After that, you should remove the check marks from Browsing History and Cookies and other sites, and then, you should tap on Clear Data.
- By default, all three of these boxes are checked. You should only have Cached images and files box checked to have your cache cleared. If more things need to be cleared, you should tap on Advanced.
What advanced options there are in Google Chrome to delete data on a Mac
While clearing the cache in Google Chrome on a Mac, you can also clear some other things such as browsing history, download history, and more. Some of these things take up space on your hard drive, just like the cache, and others don’t.
The list below will provide you with an explanation for each option in the clear browsing data menu in Chrome:
- Time range: This drop-down menu controls how much data you clear. If you choose the last hour option, you will have deleted only the things that have been saved during the last hour. If you select all time, everything that have been saved during the whole period of Google Chrome usage will be deleted.
- Browsing history: Chrome saves the history of each website you visit. You can view this list at any time to find a webpage you’ve been to before if you forgot the address. This list also helps Chrome to offer some suggestions when you type a website address into the URL bar.
- Download history: Chrome saves a record of every file that has been downloaded, including the file’s name and where it’s kept.
- Cookies and other site data: Cookies are used to track your browsing activity.
- Cached images and files: Chrome saves pictures and other files in a cache to improve and make quicker web browsing. If you want to free up some space on your hard drive, you should clear the cache.
- Passwords and other sign-in data: Chrome is able to save your passwords. In this way, you can sign in to websites faster. If you clear passwords and sign-in data, you will be asked to sign in in every website manually.
- Autofill form data: Chrome is also able to save your information like your name and address, Chrome can remember it for later. If Chrome is suggesting incorrect information, you can clear the autofill data.
- Site Settings: Some specific permissions are required for websites, like access to your location or to store data on your computer. If you give a permission, Chrome will save that for the next time you visit the site. To reset these settings, you should delete site settings in Chrome.
- Hosted app data: You can clear the data, if your Chrome apps have been added to your browser from the Chrome Web Store.
How to clear Safari cache on Mac
There are two ways to clear your Safari cache on Mac. It’s possible to delete just your cache or your cache, history, and cookies. This will help your Mac to run fast.
If you don’t want to clear your history and cookies, but you want to clear cache, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should tap on the Safari tab, and then you should tap on Preferences in the dropdown menu.
- After that, you should tap on the Advanced tab of the menu that would be displayed.
- Then, you should click on the Show Develop menu in menu bar box and close the Preferences menu.
- Next, you should tap on the Develop tab from the Safari menu at the top of the page.
- To finish the process, you should select Empty Caches from the dropdown menu.
Cache, history, and cookies
It’s also possible to delete your browsing history and cookies in addition to emptying your cache. To do that, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should tap on the History tab at the top of your screen.
- After that, you should click on Clear History.
- There would be a box displayed where you should choose to clear the last hour, today, today, and yesterday, or all history. You should select your time frame and tap on the Clear History button.
After the history has been cleaned, your cache and cookies associated with that time period would also be deleted.
It’s important to know that deleting your cache, history, and cookies will not clear your autofill data in any way. You’ll have to clear that separately.
If you want to clear only the Safari cache on your iPhone or iPad, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should open the Settings app.
- After that, you should click on Safari.
- Then, you should click on Advanced.
As you can see, you don’t need some special efforts to clear your Chrome browser cache.