How to Clear the Cache in Google Chrome

It’s good to clear the Google Chrome cache every once in awhile. The Chrome cache pre-stores files like images and web pages that sit on your hard drive for faster access if you were to visit the same pages again or pages that have the same components. Having this data on the hard drive can be a privacy issue for some people. Here’s how to clear the data.

1. Select the Menu button in the upper-right corner.

2. Select Settings.

Google Chrome Menu Settions option

3. Click the Show advanced settings… option toward the bottom of the window.

Google Chrome Show Advanced Settings option

4. Click Clear browsing data…

Google Chrome Clear browser data button

5. Choose the period of time you wish to delete cached information using the Obliterate the following items from drop down menu. From there, you can choose the types of data you wish to delete.

  • Browsing history
  • Download history
  • Cookies and other site and plug-in data
  • Cached images and files
  • Passwords
  • Autofill form data
  • Hosted app data
  • Content licenses

You can select “Cached images and files” to clear the cache, as well as other check the boxes for any other types of data you wish to delete.

Note: You can access this screen quickly by pressing CTRL + Shift + Delete in Windows, or Command + Shift + Delete on Mac.

Chrome Clear browsing data screen

6. Click Clear Browsing Data when you’re ready, and you’re done!

 

FAQ

I have a problem where Google freezes and says “Waiting for cache”. How can I solve this problem?

Clearing the cached images and files should solve that problem.

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