How to Clear Your Browser’s Cache, Cookies & History

You should often clear your browser’s cache, cookies, and history to protect your personal information, free some space, and increase the performance of your computer. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it on Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. 


 How to Clear Your Browser’s Cache, Cookies & History

Your browser has a lot of your information stored. All the websites that you visit, your passwords, browsing history, some of the data you have downloaded, and much more. 

And this data keeps piling up over time on your PC and makes your computer slow, so it is always best to clear your browser’s cache, cookies, and history on a regular basis. But, wait, what are cookies and cache? No, not those cookies! When you visit any website, you must have seen a cookie pop-up asking you to accept cookies, and we often blindly just accept them and quickly move on to check the site we have visited. These cookies are files created by the sites you visit. 

They identify and track files that make your online experience easier by saving browsing data as you browse or revisit a site. Cache remembers parts of pages, like images, to help the browser open the page faster during your next visit. Browsing history is the list of websites that you have visited in the past. So if you wish to keep them private, you can clear your history. This will help you keep your personal information protected. But, if you wish to retain your history, don't delete it. And when you delete your browser’s cache and cookies - you free up some space on your PC, protect your personal information, delete the data that is stored, and even improve the performance of your computer. 

Here let’s take a quick look at how to delete your browser’s cache, cookies and history. 

Chrome:



Open Chrome on your PC and click on the three dots in the upper right corner. Then select More Tools and Clear Browsing Data. Now, make sure that all these boxes are ticked - browsing history, download history, and cookies and other site data. 

You can also go to Basic Settings to re-check and click on the time range drop-down menu. You can choose the one according to your preference, but in case of clearing your cache, choose ‘All time’ and finally, clock on the Clear data button. And, it’s done.

Safari:

 If you use Safari, then go to the top menu and select History and then Clear History. Now select the time period you want to clear and click on Clear History. Or, on your iPhone, tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like an open book) and then on the History icon (the clock). Tap on the Clear button and select your time period. 

Firefox:

For Firefox, click on the hamburger menu at the top right corner and select Privacy and Security option from the left panel. And then scroll below to Cookies and Site Data. You can also check the box that says ‘Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed’, and click on Clear Data. ow, when you open your browser on your PC, you will have to log in again to the sites that you use, but this will surely boost your computer’s performance.


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