If you’ve recently started experiencing a lag in your browsing experience that was not previously there, it might be because you are not clearing your Cache. Resetting your Cache gives you a fresh start for optimized browsing. I have you covered for every browser type, so do not worry and hang on tight!
What is Cache?
Every time you use an application, like Chrome or Steam, they store certain information that helps applications load faster in a place called the cache. You can think of this as a backpack your browser carries around with you. Every time you load a website, this backpack helps it load faster.
However, over time, this backpack can start filling up, making your application feel slow. But, if you clear your backpack, you are off to a fresh start. This can optimize your user experience and help with smoother gaming.
When Should I Clear the Cache?
In theory, not clearing it does help with the overall browser experience. However, when websites get updated, not deleting the cache may slow your experience. The same goes for browser updates.
Also, not cleaning browser data might lead to security issues before making a purchase.
If you want the most up-to-date version of a website, removing cached data helps. It is also a good practice to do it occasionally, perhaps once a month. To sum it up, I have created bullet points below when websites or browsers get updated.
- Before making any online purchase.
- Prior to performing any Custom Backup.
- To see the newest version of a website.
- If you haven’t in a long time.
Similarly, clearing up the cache for Windows files should not slow your PC down, but sometimes when it gets bloated, it is highly advisable to clear it.
The same goes for Gaming Applications like Steam. Oftentimes, clearing up cache in gaming applications helps reduce bugs and errors, especially those that revolve around networking issues.
Clear Cache Using CCleaner
CCleaner is a utility software used to optimize PC performance by removing all unnecessary data. It is easy to use and can help perform otherwise complicated tasks in a much simpler manner.
The CCleaner can clear cookies, browsing history, and temporary files. It can also fix errors in the Windows registry through its registry cleaner.
You can easily download the software by clicking this link and pressing Free Download. Once downloaded, you will be greeted with the following screen.
You can choose what you want to clear by ticking the boxes under every application.
Upon clicking Analyze, CCleaner will show the amount of storage it can clear by running it. If you find it acceptable, you may press the option of Run Cleaner to clean out your PC.
Clear Temp Files
Your system creates temp files for temporary use to load data faster on certain applications. It is usually located in the AppData folder. Often, it can accumulate and take large parts of your storage.
You can clear the files by following the steps listed down below.
- Press Win+R to open the Run application.
- Type in %temp%.
- You will be greeted with the temp folder. You can delete all the files by pressing CTRL+A, right-clicking and pressing Delete.
With these easy steps, your PC will eliminate unnecessary temp files.
Clear DNS Cache
Your DNS data may help you load applications and log in faster. However, sometimes it gets loaded with outdated and incorrect data, which may lead to login issues. You can easily flush the DNS by following the simple steps listed below.
- Open the command prompt by pressing Win and searching for CMD.
- Once in the command prompt > write ipconfig /flushdns to flush your DNS.
Yep, that was all there was to it.
You can also perform Disk Cleanup for individual disks on your PC. This can save large amounts of data and improve the overall performance of your PC.
- Press Win > search for Disk Cleanup.
- Select the drive you want to clean > press OK.
- Tick the files you want to delete > click on Clean up system files.
With this, your disk gets rid of useless/temp files.
Clear Cache In Gaming Applications
Clearing your cache in gaming applications can help with many problems and improve overall performance.
- It frees up storage, which helps games run faster.
- Clearing it also fixes game crashes, and bugs, since the cache can be filled with incorrect or outdated information.
- It fixes authentication and login problems.
- Improving game performance is also one of the benefits of doing so since a bloated cache can slow your gaming experience down.
All in all, it is important to do this from time to time. Hence, I have listed down the method to clear it for every major gaming platform.
Steam is a very user-friendly application, and it is incredibly easy to navigate through. Follow the steps listed below to clear your cache in Steam.
- Click on the steam icon in the top left corner and press settings.
- Go to the downloads folder.
- There will be an option to clear the download cache. Click on that.
- When prompted > press OK.
And you are all done! That was pretty easy.
Doing the same task for EA Origin is much more complicated than other applications. But worry not, I got you, follow the steps below.
- Go to your C Drive by opening File Explorer > followed by My PC.
- Click on ProgramData.
- If you cannot find ProgramData > simply go to the view section > tick the Hidden Items box.
- Find the EA Core folder in ProgramData > open it.
- Once you do that > you will be greeted with the folder named “cache.” Simply delete it.
That’s it! You are all done.
Just like Steam, Ubisoft Connect is also very user-friendly.
- Click on the options, which are located in the top-left corner of your screen. Three lines represent it.
- After doing so > click on settings.
- Go to Downloads.
- There will be an option for Delete All Game Installers. Simply click on that.
Yep, that is it.
Epic Games Launcher
The Epic Games Launcher’s method of how to do this may look complicated, but it is extremely easy, and you will be done before you know it.
- Open File Explorer > go to Quick Access.
- Upon reaching there > edit the Quick Access bar > write %localappdata%.
- After doing so > Find Epic Games Launcher in it.
- Go to Saved.
- You will find the cache folder here. Simply delete it.
Boom! You are already done.
Clear Cache in Browsers
Clearing Cache in browsers helps in improving the overall experience in web-based gaming. It can also improve speed and delete incorrect information stored in the browser cache, like old passwords.
Clear Cache in Google Chrome
There are two methods for clearing browser data in Google Chrome. The first one should be used if you do not clean your cache often. The second one is for those users who do it more frequently.
In this method, I manually clean the browsing data. Just with a few quick steps, you will be done!
- Fire up Chrome by pressing Win > type in Chrome.
- Now that you have opened up the browser press ctrl+h. This will open up the history section of your browser.
- On the left-hand side, you will see an option to Clear browsing data > Click it.
- Upon clicking this, you will be greeted with a menu with options for clearing the data. You will initially be on the Basic section. Click Advanced, which will be towards the right.
- Now that you are there select everything except Passwords and other sign-in data if you want to keep the process hassle-free. Otherwise, you can select that too. Make sure the Time Range is set to All time. Then, click on Clear data.
- If you are using an Apple device, you need to go to the top menu bar in Chrome and Press Quit. For Windows, just close Chrome and launch it again.
This method involves adding an extension that helps you remove cached data in seconds.
- Click this link.
- You will be greeted with an app that clears the cache in the Chrome web store. Press Add to Chrome.
- You will be greeted with a confirmation prompt. Go ahead and press Add extension.
- Next up, you will face the options for the extension. Check the following ones.
- Afterward, you have to scroll down to the Period section of this page. Select Everything
- Finally, you will have this extension in your Chrome bar
- You can pin it to access it at any time.
Boom! You are all done. You will experience a much smoother browsing experience, especially if your cache is bloated.
Clearing your browsing data in Microsoft Edge is as simple as clearing it on Google Chrome, if not simpler. Just follow the easy steps listed below.
- Press Win, and search for Microsoft Edge.
- Now, you will notice the 3 dots on the corner of your screen. Hover your mouse over it and navigate to Settings.
- Next, click on the search icon and search for Clear Browsing.
- Simply click on the first option. You will be greeted with the options tab for clearing browsing data. The default options selected are perfect, so you do not have to change anything. Just click on Clear Now.
There you have it. You have removed all existing browsing data from your Microsoft Edge browser. You do not have to worry about forgetting passwords either since the default options in the Clear Browsing data tab choose to save it.
You do not need to worry if you are an Apple User because I also have you covered. The steps for clearing your cookies on Safari are slightly different than other browsers, so pay attention.
- Launch Safari.
- Click Safari, which will be on the top menu bar of your Browser.
- Now, navigate to Privacy Settings.
- Next, click on Manage Website Data.
- Finally, you need to press Remove All.
- Once you do that, you will be greeted with a pop-up. There will be an option for Remove Now.
- Click it.
You are all done. Your Safari Browser will now Clear the Cache. This removes all data that reside on all websites that have been visited on your computer. Happy Browsing!
So, I do not blame you and am here to help you clear your cookies from it!
- Press Win, and type Opera. Then, launch it.
- Now, on the right-hand side, there is an option for Easy Setup. Click it.
- Next, at the bottom of the options, there will be one for Browsing Data. Scroll down to it.
- Press Clear.
- When you do that, you will be greeted with the full option view for clearing browsing data in Opera. There will be two sections, press Advanced which will be on the right.
- Now, edit the time options to All Time and click on Clear Data.
With these simple steps, you can Clear all browsing Data in Opera.
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To the ones who never abandoned the fiery fox, I am here for you too! Follow the easy-to-follow steps listed below.
- Press Win, and search for Firefox. Click it when it shows up.
- Next, navigate to its options, which reside on the top right side of the browser.
- After clicking it, you will be greeted with various options. However, ironically, you must scroll down to another Options button.
- There would be 5 different options available. Click on Privacy & Security.
- There will be an option to Clear Data here. Press it.
- You will see a tab open up once you click this. Unselect Cookie and Site Data, and click on Clear.
There you have it. Now your Firefox Browser is as good as new.
For all the boomers out there, I got you too! Surprisingly, Internet Explorer has the easiest way how Clear Cache.
- Launch Internet Explorer by clicking on Win and searching for it.
- Now you have to hover over the settings option on the right section of your screen.
- This will open an array of options. Hover on the Safety one.
- Then, more options will show up. One would be to Delete Browsing History. Click that.
- Now, you will the option to clear your cache. You have to click on that.
- Next, select Cookies and Temporary Internet files and press delete.
- You will receive a confirmation prompt at the bottom of your screen.
See! With such easy steps, you have successfully deleted all cookies on Internet Explorer.
I’ve illustrated how to clear your browsing data on every major browsing platform. So, If you have any questions, do let us know in the comments below.
The Cache is a small storage allocated to a specific application. It keeps important information which helps in speeding up processes. It reduces loading time on websites that are frequently visited.
No, when it starts becoming full, it slows down the performance instead of speeding it up.
Yes, most browsers have options on whether you want to delete.
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