The Cache.

May 17, 2017

 

What's the Cache? Cache is a collection of information stored away for future use. When surfing the web, files and webpages that you access are often stored (cached). This stored information makes pages load quicker when accessed again later down the road. This is standard in all web browsers. You're stockpiling tiny bits of information and you might not even know it!

 

While this can be useful sometimes the information stored is out dated. When cache information is outdate you may not be looking at the most recent changes to a website or webpage. This can cause errors and frustration. The storage of this information can also eat up the data storage space on your device.

 

Clearing out your browser’s cache does not damage or erase any information stored in a browser, such as bookmarks or your homepage. It simply makes the web browser think that you have not visited a webpage before - giving you the most up to date information. Think of it as a little spring-cleaning for your computer or mobile device.

 

How do you clear your cache? Below are the steps to perform this for your computer or mobile device browser.

 

Internet Explorer
  1. At the top of the page, click the Gear menu, under Browsing History click Delete.

  2. Click the box for Temporary Internet files > confirm with Yes

  3. Click the box for Cookies files > confirm with Yes

Firefox
  1. At the top of the page, click the 3 line menu, then select History from the list.

  2. Click Clear Recent History, then in the Time Range drop-down menu, select Everything.

  3. Click the arrow symbol next to Details to open a list of options.

  4. Check the boxes for Cookies and Cache.

  5. Click Clear Now.

Google Chrome
  1. At the top-right of the page, click the three dot menu, then click History.

  2. Click the Clear browsing data button, then select the amount of time (e.g. today, last week, end of time) from the drop-down field.

  3. Select the Cached images and files checkbox, then click the Clear browsing data button.

Safari
  1. At the top of the page, click the Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Select the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox (if not already selected).

  2. From the browser menu, click Develop > Empty Caches.

  3. At the top of the page, click the Safari again > Reset Safari >then Reset.

Microsoft Edge
  1. At the top right of the page, click the three dot menu, then click settings.

  2. Under Clear Browsing Data, click Choose What to Clear

  3. Check the boxed for Cookies and Cached Data

  4. Click Clear.

Safari Mobile
  1. At the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Safari.

  3. Tap the button for Clear History and Website Data.

  4. Tap Clear History and Data again to confirm.

Chrome on Android
  1. Touch Chrome menu > Settings.

  2. Touch (Advanced) Privacy.

  3. Touch Clear browsing data.

 

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