What Is a Browser Cache?
Why Do I Need to Clear the Cache?
You might have come across requests from IT supports to clear your browser cache when you were facing issues with a certain website. The reason for this is because the website might have updated their cache and your browser might not have downloaded it. To put it simply, if you clear your cache, your browser will download all the files needed and chances are that you won’t have any issues with the website.
The browser cache can take up quite a lot of space on your hard drive, most likely with data from websites that you are never going to visit again. Although you can set a limit on how much it can store data, it is equally important to know that you can clear it up. This can fix some problems and even boost the speed. Since cache data will contain details about the websites you have visited, making it a big privacy concern.
Some examples of issues with cached websites are when the browser has not downloaded the latest copy, or it could also be the reason for a website not loading properly.
How To View Chrome Cache
As with all browsers, Google Chrome also contains data about the websites that you have visited. It may have stored files comprising of web page layouts, images, videos, and so on. Downloading these files and keeping them in a temporary location will make the websites load faster – and that is exactly what Google Chrome does. Sometimes, you will also not be able to fins certain folders as they would be “hidden”. You will first have to make these files visible before going ahead.
- First, click on the “Control Panel” located within the “Start” option.
- Click on “Appearance and Personalization” and then on “Folder Options”.
- Under the “View” tab, check out the “Advanced Settings” option.
- Click on the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” button and confirm by clicking Ok.
- Now, move to “Computer” within the “Start menu button”. Move inside your main hard drive and click on “Users” and open the one in your name.
- Go to the file path “\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache”. You will see Chrome’s cache content here.
How To Clear Chrome Cache
As we have already seen, Chrome saves data from websites in cache and cookies. Sometimes, clearing these could fix issues, such as formatting and load speed. Let’s take a look at how you can clear Chrome cache.
Open Chrome on your computer and click on More at the top-right corner. A list will appear. Choose “More tools” and then “Clear browsing data.” You can choose the time period you want clear the cache. If you want to delete everything, select “All time”.
You will notice two checkboxes – “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files”. Check both of these boxes. Once done, click on the “Clear data” button.
An easier way to do the same is by using the keyboard shortcut. Pressing Ctrl + Shift + Del will automatically make the clear cache pop-up window show up.
Once you clear the cache, you will find that you might need to sign-in into certain websites. Certain settings on some websites might get deleted as well. If you have turned on sync on Chrome, you will remain signed into your Google Account. This makes it easier to delete data across your devices. Since media content like photos and videos need to be loaded again, you might experience slowness.
Why Increase HTTP Cache Size?
Did you know that you can increase the HTTP cache size? There are plenty of reasons why you should do so. The first and the best reason to do this is the fact that it can improve the website’s performance by a great deal. Since the cache reduces load time, websites load faster and are more responsive than ever.
Sometime, users may not have access to a smooth or high-speed internet connection. In such cases, websites may use the cached content to work with limited internet. It works better with static data. For instance, a website having more text than graphics. It can also reduce network traffic and save network bandwidth.
How To Clear Chrome Cache