How to Clear Your Browser Cache

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Can’t see the updates we’ve just made to your website?

The problem might be your cache! 

A clogged cache can cause quite a few problems with your browser, and clearing it regularly can ensure you see the most recent versions of any website.

What is your browser cache?

The cache is a browser feature that makes your overall internet experience a lot smoother and faster. Websites can load slowly, so the cache saves common elements that don’t tend to change very often, such as logos or photographs. 

You save a lot of time the next time you visit that site, because your browser has already saved what it might otherwise have to download all over again.

Why do you need to clear your browser cache?

Your cache may just keep showing you an old version of a website instead of adding the new elements to the cache. 

Clearing the cache gives you a reset and prompts the browser to start both displaying the new elements and downloading them. 

How often should you clear your browser’s cache?

You really only have to clear your cache when you notice a problem. The cache can cause other browser-based problems as well, such as web pages that refuse to load all the way, or when your browser slows to a crawl.

Solutions for the dreaded “log out” effect.

Many of our clients hate clearing their cache because they don’t like getting logged out of the websites they use the most. We have a solution!

We suggest using one browser for browsing and one for the programs you use the most. So if you’re a heavy-duty Gmail or G-Suite user, use Chrome for email, banking, and your project management or CRM software. 

Then use Firefox, Safari, or Edge to do your normal day-to-day browsing and to look at your website. Then, you won’t get logged out of the software you use the most.

How to Clear Your Cache in Google Chrome

The screen shots below are for Google Chrome, but they are going to be similar for every browser.

Step 1: Select “Settings” from the 3 dot menu in the top right of Chrome

Step 2: Scroll down to “Privacy and security” and click on “Clear browsing data.”

Step 3: Make sure the “Time range” is set to All time.

Step 4: Select the “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files options.”

Hit the “Clear Data” button.

That’s it! You’re done. Go back to your website, refresh, and view all your new changes! 

Not using Chrome?

Here are articles for how to clear cache for all of the major browsers:

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