How to flush your browser cache

We've all been there: a website isn't loading properly, an application seems stuck, or there's some unexpected behavior in a tool we frequently use. One of the most common first-step solutions you'll hear is, "Have you tried clearing your cache?" But what is this "cache" and why does clearing it often remedy the situation?

A cache is essentially a storage mechanism, either within software or hardware, designed to speed up processes. By storing frequently accessed or recently accessed information, the cache reduces the need to fetch that information from its original source, which is often slower. For instance, web browsers store images, scripts, and other parts of websites you visit so that they don't have to re-download them every time, leading to faster browsing experiences.

However, caches aren't flawless. Sometimes the stored data can become outdated, corrupted, or misconfigured. This mismatch between what's stored in the cache and what's actually available or needed can lead to a variety of issues. Flushing the cache, or clearing it out, is akin to hitting a reset button. By doing so, you're ensuring that the software or hardware fetches fresh data, bypassing any corrupted or outdated information that might have been causing the problem.

Browser Device/Platform Steps
Chrome Android & PC Open the Chrome app > Menu icon > History > Clear browsing data > Clear data
iOS Settings > Chrome > Clear history and website data
Computer Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into your URL bar > Clear data
Edge Android Open the Edge app > Menu icon > Settings > Privacy & Security > Clear browsing data > Clear data
iOS Settings > Edge > Clear history and website data
Computer Type edge://settings/clearBrowserData into your URL bar > Clear data
Firefox Android Open the Firefox app > Menu icon > Settings > Delete browsing data
iOS Settings > Firefox > Clear history and website data
Computer Open Firefox > Ctrl + Shift + Del > Clear recent history > Clear data
Safari iOS Settings > Safari > Clear history and website data
macOS Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage website data > Remove all
Brave Mobile Open the Brave app > Menu icon > Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data
Computer Open Brave > Ctrl + Shift + Del > Clear browsing data > Clear data
Vivaldi Mobile Open Vivaldi > Menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear private data
Computer Open Vivaldi > Tools > Delete browsing data > Clear data
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