Over time, web browsers accumulate data from everyday browsing. Known as a cache, this data collection helps browsers load web pages more quickly so these files don’t have to be re-downloaded when you visit the same websites again in the future.

Unfortunately, this cache is also the main suspect when diagnosing issues loading websites, and it can also eat up valuable storage space on your Mac. That’s why in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to clear your cache in three of the most popular web browsers, including: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

How to clear your cache in Google Chrome

To clear your browser cache in Google Chrome, you’ll want to follow these steps:

1) Launch Google Chrome on your Mac.

2) Click on the vertical ellipsis button at the top right of the app.

3) Hover over the History option in the menu.

4) Click on the History option in the secondary menu.

5) Click on the Clear Browsing Data button on the left side of the app.

6) Put a check mark in the Cached Images and Files option and un-check everything else.

7) Click on the Clear Browsing Data button at the bottom of the menu.

Now your browsing cache for Google Chrome has been deleted. You should now quit and re-launch Chrome for the best results.

How to clear your cache in Firefox

To clear your browser cache in Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps instead:

1) Launch Firefox on your Mac.

Go to Firefox → Preferences in the Menu Bar.

Select the Privacy tab on the left side of the app.

Click on the blue Clear Your Recent History link.

Put a check mark in the Cache option and un-check everything else.

Click on the Clear Now button at the bottom of the menu.

Now you’ve successfully cleared your browsing cache for Mozilla Firefox. You should now quit and re-launch Firefox for the best results.

How to clear your cache in Safari

If you’re using the stock Safari web browser that comes pre-installed on your Mac, then you can follow these steps to clear your browsing cache:

1) Launch Safari on your Mac.

2) Enable the Develop menu by following the steps in this tutorial.

3) Go to Develop → Empty Caches in the Menu Bar.

Now you’ve cleared your browsing cache for Safari. You’ll want to go ahead and quit and re-launch Safari for the best results.

Also read: How to erase Safari browsing history and data

Wrapping up

Why web browsing caches sometimes become corrupt over time remains a mystery, but you can probably chalk it up to a hiccup the internet connection or a glitch in the software you’re using to browse the web.

Fortunately, there are ways to solve problems with web browsing caches, and sometimes clearing it and starting fresh is the best way to go about it.

Even if you’re not having problems with loading pages, it’s good to clean out the caches from time to time just to help clean up the limited storage space in your machine.

Did you run into any problems while trying to clear your cache? Share in the comments below!

  • Paresh Bhatia

    on my mac, sometimes IDB opens and sometimes don’t but other websites opens same time if i open IDB on other browser like Opera or Chrome it opens . i tried cleaning caches/history but it repeats after sometime.

    • I do not understand what you are saying. Can you please clarify?

      • Paresh Bhatia

        Sometimes When I open IDB on Safari it says can’t find server.

        But same time if I open Opera or Chrome it will perfectly opens.

        While this outage time I can browse other websites perfectly fine over Safari but only IDB I can’t open.

        So I tried to clear history and cache in safari but it wasn’t worked for long time and after some time it happens again

      • If you are using browser extensions, that’s one place where I would look into. try disabling these extensions and see if the site works again.

        Because you are the only one reporting this issue, I tend to believe this might be a problem on your end, especially if other browsers work fine.

        Keep me posted.

      • Paresh Bhatia

        I never use Extensions.

        I know problem must be from my side but I can’t get it where exactly it is.

        and I am facing this problem since so long and I came around this article so I thought I should ask here.

        thank for reply.

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