Sometimes, when you are not able to surf the web seamlessly like the regular days, it is advisable to Clear your web browser cache. Generally, the issues with the webpages you are trying to view get fixed. In fact, this takes just a few seconds and should be done once in a while.
This is also helpful for people who prefer clearing complete browsing data including history, cache, and cookies for privacy reasons.
What is Browser Cache and why was it created?
Browser developers designed cache with the assumption that – Your Internet is slow. It is slower than your computer for loading the same images, files. This holds today for the majority of the Internet connections as well if you think about it. Browser cache temporarily stores images, elements, and files from the websites that you frequently visit.
It helps in loading those webpages of the website faster than other lesser frequented webpages. For instance, if you keep on visiting this page once in a while, your browser’s cache will store the images, logo of this website and other static elements.
Clear Cache in Google Chrome – Fastest Way
Google Chrome enables reloading a web page with freshly acquired content, ignoring the cached files. On pressing Ctrl+Shift+R or Shift+F5, the webpage will be reloaded, ignoring the cache stored in the web browser. However, the cache stored in the browser will not be deleted. It still needs to be cleared in Chrome manually by the simple methods given below.
How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome on PC
There are two options to clear the cache in Google Chrome on PC. While the first option involves settings inside the web browser, the latter requires a third party application.
Method – 1 (Locally)
The first step is to open the settings menu to reach the Clear Browsing Data dialogue box. The three ways to reach that dialogue box for clearing cache on Chrome are:
- EASIEST METHOD
Press Ctrl + Shift+ Delete/Del on your keyboard.
- EASY METHOD
Open menu, then find More Tools. Select Clear Browsing Data option.
- MODERATELY EASY METHOD
Go to the Settings from the menu. Scroll down to Privacy and Security setting. There the option for clearing your cache of Chrome can be found.
Alternatively, Clear Browsing Data settings can be searched from the search bar in the settings menu.
After reaching the Clear Browsing Data settings dialogue box, select the Time Range to All time.
Check Caches Images and Files option. Click on Clear Data to initiate the cache clearing process. It will take a couple of seconds. The entire cache on Chrome will be cleared since the last time the cache was cleared on Chrome browser.
Note – If you want to clear the cache on Chrome on a specific device, the computer then be sure to sign-out of your Google account in your Chrome browser. It will keep your browsing activity saved at My Google Activity, which can be cleared as well, head to Method 3 at the bottom of the post.
Method – 1A (Google Servers)
This method, a part of Method 1, makes sure that residual data is cleared from My Google Activity as well.
Head to My Activity on Google. A search bar will appear for finding the websites whose data you would like to erase from the activity history forever.
Click on the menu right next to the item to delete it forever from your activity log.
Alternatively, if history of Chrome on all devices needs to be accessed, deleted or viewed, go to the Chrome History section in My Activity. This will allow in controlling the history of Chrome without needing to access all devices.
Note – In some exceptional cases, when a passphrase is put on Chrome sync, all the activities might not appear in My Google Activity.
Method – 2 : Using Third-Party Software
Another way to clear cache in Google Chrome is to use a third-party software. Many registry cleaners provide extra features to clear cache and cookies from a web browser.
Download CCleaner, which is considered here, or choose any other registry cleaner for Windows.
Go to Custom Clean -> Application Tabs. Scroll down to the Google Chrome section.
Select/tick box that says Internet Cache. Uncheck boxes for all other web browsers for which you do not want to clean cache, browsing history.
Click on Analyze. It will take a couple of seconds to scan for the cache from Google Chrome. Once the analyze process is complete, click on Run Cleaner to remove Cache from the Chrome web browser.
How to Clear Cache in Chrome in Android/iOS phones?
Clear the cache on Chrome in Android and iOS phones by following these steps.
Go to the menu, right next to the address bar. Then go to the History page. Tap on the Clear Browsing Data option.
Select time range as “All time” and select Caches images and files option, while deselecting other options. Tap on Clear Data to initiate a cache clearing process which would generally take a couple of seconds to finish.
How to Clear DNS cache in Chrome in PC, Android, iOS?
When the DNS of the entire computer network or in the router itself is changed, clearing DNS cache becomes essential.
Open Command Prompt in administrator mode. Type ipconfig/ flushdns and press ENTER (Skip this step if you have done it already).
Paste this address in your Google Chrome address bar -> chrome://net-internals/#dns
Click or Tap (for Smart devices) on Clear host cache to clear the DNS cache in Chrome. This method works across all devices and platforms on which Chrome is compatible.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs by readers
Q1. How to fix Chrome caching problem, it won’t load new webpages – Can’t clear cache
First of all, check if the problem persists in Incognito mode as well. If yes, then keep reading.
Next, use the Chrome Cleanup tool which can be found by pasting chrome://settings/cleanup in the address bar. It will remove harmful and malicious programs from the Chrome browser. Unsuspecting plugins/extensions can behave in an unintended way.
In any case, if nothing is found in the cleanup, uncheck Hardware Acceleration to see if it helps the cause (chrome://settings/system ). If nothing works, try resetting Chrome from the System menu itself by clicking on Reset settings to their original default.
Q2. Google Chrome Freezes and error “Waiting for Cache” appears, how to solve it?
“Waiting for Cache” means that Chrome is not able to access the cache files. Either of the four ways can be followed to fix the cache error.
- Method 1 – Clear the browsing history, cache, and cookies of Chrome.
- Method 2 – Disable SSD cache writing if installed. Do it only when one of the following errors appear:
- – Windows Write Delay Failed
- – Delayed Write Failed.
- Method 3 – Create a new user profile on Chrome as settings might be messed up for the current one.
- Method 4 – Reset Chrome
Q3. Will clearing the cache remove my bookmarks, favourite stored websites or remove all the saved passwords
Clearing cache in Chrome will not remove bookmarks or saved passwords. These can be removed only by ticking the passwords and cookies which is very rare and with unsecure sites.