Your cache in Google Chrome pre-stores files like images and web pages that can sit locally on your hard drive for faster access if you were to visit the same pages again or pages that have the same components. Sometimes this cached data can actually cause problems for your browsing experience and storing this data on the hard drive can pose a privacy issue for some people. Here’s how to clear the data stored in the Cache in Google Chrome.
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1. How to clear cache in Chrome with a shortcut.
The fastest way to get rid of the cached data in Google Chrome is the option “Clear Browser cache”. You can access this function with the following shortcut:
- Press the keys [Ctrl], [Shift] and [Del]. Be sure you press all the keys at once.
- A new window opens: “Clear Browser cache“. Here you can select in the upper dropdown-menu, for which time period you want to delete the cache data. You can select between “last hour”, “last day”, “last week”, “last four weeks” or “all”.
- If you want to delete all cache date, select “all”.
- Check the box in front of “Images and Files in Cache”.
- Submit your selection by clicking the “Delete Browser data” Button.
- Reload your site.
2. Clear Cache in Chrome manually
If you don’t want to use the keyboard shortcut to call the function “Clear Browser data” you can access it manually:
- Click on the “Menu” in the upper right corner of Google Chrome and Open the Browser setting. You can recognise the menu by the three stacked dots.
- Next, you select the option “more tools”.
- In the next step click on “Delete Browser data”.
- Now you can follow the steps from the description above and select the specific time period (Step 3).
Once you have cleared the Cache in Chrome, you may find your favourite websites loading a bit slower when you visit them for the first time but if your Internet connection is fast enough you will most likely not even notice the change.