Has your digital agency ever told you to clear your cache to see the changes or the latest version of a website and you have no idea what that is or how to clear it?
It’s normal that you don’t know how to do this, why would you? But, we recommend learning about it if you are already involved or planning to set your brand up in the digital world.
What Is the Cache Memory?
First, you must know what the cache is and why your digital agency insists on clearing the cache.
The cache memory, also known as cache, is used to store information, files or data that will need to be accessed quickly.
There are different types of cache memories; some of these include:
- Computer or PC cache
- Browser cache
- Google cache
- Cellphone cache
- Application cache
In any case, the main function is always the same: storing information, data, files, etc. to access them more quickly.
In this article, we are going to talk about browser cache memory. This type of cache is the one that browsers save from a web page.
A web browser like Google Chrome uses the cache to save pages, images and URLs from websites you’ve previously visited.
Once Google Chrome has stored this information, when you re-access those websites, the browser will no longer have to re-request the web server to download the images, since they are already stored in the cache.
This way, navigating websites is much faster, because there is no need to download and reload all the elements of a website whenever you access them.
Why Clear the Cache?
You asked your digital agency to make some changes on your website, and they confirm that the changes are already made.
However, you cannot see the changes. You feel frustrated because the changes were not made, although your agency told you they were and even sent you screenshots of the changes. Why can you not see them?
When this happens, it is because your browser is showing you the most recent version of the website it has stored in its cache.
When you clear your browser cache, you are deleting the information, files, and data that your browser had saved.
This way, the next time you load the website, you will be able to see the most recent and updated version, and will not continue seeing the version without the changes or enhancements.
So, the browser cache is cleared to get the latest and most recent information, data, and files from the original version of the website.
Now the Fun Part, How to Clear the Cache
There are several steps to clear the cache, and the process is different in each browser, including desktop and mobile, but it is a simple process.
Today, we will walk through clearing the cache step by step in the Google Chrome and Safari browsers. However, the process is very similar for all browsers.
Google Chrome Cache
There are two ways to clear the Google Chrome cache on a desktop.
- Locate the “history” button in the Google Chrome browser menu.
- Access “show full history.”
- On the history page, select “clear browsing data.”
- In the clear history section, you can choose what to delete, and starting when. Finally, once you have chosen your preferences, click “clear browsing data.”
- Access the Google Chrome browser history page using the shortcut menu on the browser page.
- Look for “history,” and click on it.
- Once you have accessed the history page, locate the option “clear browsing data” (the same as step 3, Option 1).
- Repeat step 4 of Option 1. Choose when to start clearing the history and what to delete. Finally, click on “clear browsing data.”
Google Chrome Cache
To clear the Google Chrome cache on an Apple mobile device, follow these steps:
- Open the Google Chrome app.
2. Press your picture icon and go to settings.
3. Under privacy, select “history.”
4. In “history,” look for the “clear on-device history” option or clear device history.
5. Confirm that you want to clear your device history.
Safari Cache Memory
To clear the Safari cache memory, follow these steps:
- In the Safari menu, find the “history” option. Click “clear history.”
2. Select when to start clearing the history and click the “clear history” button.
- In the browser, find the book icon.
- Find the “history” option.
- Click “clear.”
- Choose from when to start clearing the history.
5. Verify that your browsing history was successfully cleared.
Add-ons to Help Clear the Cache
There are other ways to clear the cache or view a website without the cache that your browser has previously saved. Here are two add-ons you can use if you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser.
1. Google Chrome Cache Killer
You can add the cache killer extension to your Chrome browser here. This extension will automatically erase the browser cache before loading a web page.
This extension can be enabled or disabled with just one click.
2. Clear Cache for Mozilla Firefox
Clear Cache is very similar to the Google Chrome extension. If you use Mozilla Firefox as your main browser, you can download this extension to erase your Firefox browser cache with just one click.
It is as easy to use as Chrome’s extension. The application is installed in your browser. When you click on it, either from the navigation menu or from the shortcut in the toolbar, it deletes the cache memory of your browser.
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