When you browse any website, the Google Chrome browser stores some information in forms of cache and cookies for a better browsing experience. Before you know how to clear cache in Chrome in forms of cookies, let me share in brief “what is a cookie and how it works?”
What are cookies and how they work?
Every website you visit is a composition of hundreds of files in actuality. When you visit a website for the first time, the browser stores a bit of website data e.g. images for faster processing. So, when you visit for the second time, the browser loads the website from the Caches and Cookies.
Clearing the cache and cookies can fix certain problems like
- formatting or loading issues on sites
- loading updated data added by the developer
- runtime issue
- some feature missing etc.
Steps to clear cache in Chrome browser:
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
- Select the icon in the top-right corner.
- Go to More Tools → Clear browsing data… (Or, just press shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+Del)
- Select ‘Time range’; check the boxes ‘Cookies and other site data’ and ‘Cached images and files’ and Click ‘Clear data’. You can select a specific period or if you want to clear cache and cookies completely, select ‘All time’.
- Also, you can choose the ‘Advanced’ tab for more options. You can check any of the options to clear the respective data.
These steps delete cache in the Chrome browser for all the websites. But, if you need to clear cache for a specific site, here are the steps to do it so.
Clear cache for one website in Chrome:
Deleting cache or cookies for only one website becomes a little tricky; so, follow the steps below to clear cookies for one site.
- Open ‘Setting’ in chrome browser
- Expand the ‘Advanced’ option on the left panel.
- Under ‘Privacy and security’ select ‘Site Setting’.
- Click ‘Cookies and site data’.
- Here, you have multiple options.
- Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome: This will clear your cookies when you close the Chrome browser.
- Block third-party cookies: Websites can’t use your browsing history to show targeted ads.
- Block: This option allows you to block cookies for specific websites just by adding them to the list.
- Allow: You can enable a few websites to store cookies in the browser.
- Clear on exit: The cookies stored by the websites added into this list will be deleted once the browser is closed.
- See all cookies and site data: This option shows all the cookies stored in your browser.
This is the place where we will be manually deleting cache for specific websites.
- Click on “See all cookies and site data” to see the list of websites that store cookies in your Chrome browser.
- Search for a specific website and see exactly how much data is stored and click on the delete button to clear specific cookies in Chrome.
Once you clear the cache then on the next visit to the websites, the page load time becomes a little high as the browser again loads the new cache and cookies for that site. But on a brighter note, it will load with updated/new values such as updated page images, updated interest rates for bank websites, etc. Hence, it is recommended to remove cache and cookies on a regular basis.
That’s all on how to clear cache in Chrome browser.
Happy learning 🙂