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How to Clear Browser’s (Safari, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) Cache and Cookies on Mac

Clear Cache and Cookies on Mac

What are caches and cookies? Caches are a collection of data, which replicates the original information processed on a computer. On the other hand, cookies are tiny data pieces used in identifying your computer when on a computer network.

Any time you, therefore, use any of your Mac’s applications, some data is stored to request it faster the next time you use the application. A good example includes HTML documents and images (temporary files) created by an application or a web browser.

Despite the apparent desire to clear your Mac’s disk space, there are a few other reasons for getting rid of caches and cookies, such as:

  • Forcefully deleting an application’s disused cached information
  • Removing some personal information stored on applications and websites
  • Rectifying issues with web pages loading disused data

The three main types of cache data are:

  • System cache
  • User/App cache
  • Browser cache

Since most of your Mac’s caches and cookies are from the web browser, the system, and the applications you use frequently, this article will guide you through the process. Additionally, it is essential to note that you should clear the application and system caches only when running low on space or troubleshooting a problem. Our guide on Mac’s Other storage covers these kinds of folders extensively.

How to Clear System Cache on Mac

To proceed, follow the steps below:

  1. Use the Cmd + Q key shortcut to stop all the running apps on your Mac.
  2. 2)      Launch Finder and use the Shift + Cmd + G key shortcut to navigate this directory: ~/Library/Caches.
  3. Open each folder manually and select all (Cmd + A) the files inside it, then move them to the trash. Before you proceed with this step and you fear you may lose critical information or cause harm, such as flashing a question mark folder during startup, you can back up the folders.
  4. Keep the cache folders, but go into each one and delete all the files inside.
  5. Restart your Mac. It may take longer than usual, but this should be expected.
  6. Repeat the same steps above for every user account if you have multiple.

How to Clear Cache in Safari

Mac’s Safari browser does, by default, not provide a way of clearing up caches. However, there is a way around this.  To proceed, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Under Safari’s drop-down menu, click on Preferences.
  3. At the top, select the icon labeled Advanced, and check/enable the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option at the bottom, then exit the window.
  4. From the browser menu, select Develop and then click on Empty caches.
  5. Optionally, you may choose to use your keyboard shortcuts by hitting the Cmd + Option + E keys, and your cache will automatically clear.

How to Clear Cookies in Safari

To manually get rid of the cookies in your Safari browser, you will have to go to its settings and make the changes from there. Follow the steps below to proceed:

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Navigate to the Safari menuand click on Preferences.
  3. Go to the Privacy tab and click on Manage Website Data.
  4. Click on Remove All.

How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome

If you are a Google Chrome user, to clear cached files and images, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, click on the three dots and select Settings.
  3. On the left side of the window that opens, select Privacy and security, then select the Clear browsing data option. Optionally, you may use Cmd + Shift + Delete default keyboard shortcut to do the same.
  4. Under Time range, decide on the data you want to be wiped depending on how much cache you want to be cleared.
  5. Ensure the Cached images and files box is checked, and then click on Cleat data. Optionally, you may use Cmd + Shift + Delete default shortcut for Chrome to do the same.

How to Clear Cookies in Google Chrome

To manually get rid of the cookies in your Google Chrome browser, you will have to go to its Privacy and Security section and make the changes from there by controlling the site settings as well as managing all website data.

Follow the steps below to proceed:

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type inchrome://settings
  3. Under Settings, go to Privacy and security.
  4. Click on the Clear browsing data option.
  5. Select the Cookies and other site data option.
  6. Click on Clear data to clear any website cookies.

If you wish, you may also configure Google Chrome to delete caches and cookies anytime you close the browser by heading back over to Privacy and security>Site settings>Cookies and site data. From here, ensure the Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chromeoption isturned on.

How to Clear Cache in Mozilla Firefox

If you are a Mozilla Firefox user, clearing up the cache is an easy task. Proceed by following these steps:

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. From the menu bar at the top, select History, then click on Clear Recent History.
  3. Under Time range to clear, select your preferred time range.
  4. Ensure the Cache box is checked and click OK.
  5. Optionally, you can use the Cmd + Shift + Delete keyboard shortcut to show the Clear All History menu.

How to Clear Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

To delete cookies in Mozilla Firefox, proceed by following these steps:

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the browser’s address bar, type in about:preferences
  3. On the left side of the menu that appears, head over to Privacy &Security.
  4. Click on the boxes next to Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content. Ensure they are ticked or selected.
  5. Click on Clear to delete the browser’s cookies and caches.

Suppose you wish to configure Mozilla Firefox to delete cookies anytime. In that case, you close the browser, heading back over to Cookies and Site Data and ensuring the box next to Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed is selected.

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