As an internet user, you may have heard about cookies, password, and cache. These are data that your browser stores while you surf the web. Over time, these data can accumulate and may need to be cleared for various reasons. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to clear these data in four popular browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
Clearing cookies, password, and cache from your browser has several benefits:
Improves Browser Performance: Over time, the browser cache can become cluttered with temporary files from various websites, which can slow down your browser. Clearing the cache can help improve the performance of your browser.
Protects Your Privacy: Cookies are small packets of data saved on your computer by websites. They can contain information about your browsing habits, which can be used by third-party advertisers to show you targeted ads. Clearing cookies can help protect your privacy by removing this information.
Fixes Browsing Issues: Sometimes, cookies or cached data can cause issues with how websites are displayed or function. Clearing cookies and cache can help resolve these issues.
Frees Up Storage Space: The cache can take up a significant amount of storage space on your device over time. Regularly clearing your cache can help free up storage space.
How to Clear Data in Different Browsers
- Open Chrome and go to settings from the three dots menu.
- Click on privacy and security and then cookies and other site data.
- Click on see all cookies and site data to view the list of sites that are accessing your cookies.
- To remove cookies from a specific site, click on the trash icon next to it.
- To remove all cookies at once, click on remove all and clear all.
- Launch Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots in the top right corner and select Settings.
- Click on Privacy, Search, and Services on the left hand side panel.
- Click on Clear browsing data and then click on Choose what to clear.
- Select Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files and choose the time range.
- Click on Clear now.
- Open Mozilla Firefox.
- Click on the 3 line hamburger menu in the upper right corner and choose ‘Settings’.
- Select ‘Privacy & Security’ from the left side pane.
- Scroll down to where you see ‘Cookies and Site Data’ and click ‘Clear Data’.
- Select ‘Clear Now’ in the next dialog box.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Safari.
- Tap Clear History and Website Data.
Please note that clearing cookies, cache, and history might sign you out of most sites. You’ll need to sign in again when you visit those sites next time. Also, some sites can seem slower because content, like images, needs to load again.