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How To Clear Cache And Cookies In Most Popular Browsers on macOS and iOS

Clear Cache and Cookies on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

When we use a browser to surf the web at almost every step, it collects cache and cookies. Every time you visit a blog, social media platform, or any other website, your browser collects and stores information about the website and your preferences.

As mentioned before, your browser stores cache and cookies, but what are they?

How To Clear Cache And Cookies In Most Popular Websites on macOS and iOS

Your browser cache stores copy of particular website data like its background images, pictures, and other content, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. The data is 'cached', so it can be used when you return to the website. A stored website cache allows the site to load faster as your browser doesn't need to make a request to the webserver.

Cookie, on the other hand, collects your information to ensure the best browsing experience. Cookies contain information on what pages and how many you visit, how long you stay on the website, what you are reading and what you have clicked, what you add to your shopping carts, and your demographic information. This information is provided to website administrators so they can personalize their websites depending on user preferences. Cookies also help advertisers to show you relevant ads.

Storing cookies and cache can be both beneficial and not. On the one hand, you can access websites more quickly and have a personalized web experience. On the other hand, they take up your device space, decrease speed and performance, you see not updated pages, and there's a higher chance of malware and adware infecting and spreading to local files.

That's why you should clear your cache and cookies from time to time so you can browse the internet faster and more securely. It would be best if you cleared your browser on both macOS and iOs devices.

To clear cache and cookies in your browser on your Apple devices, pick your browser and follow the steps.

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Clear Cache and Cookies in Safari Browser

You can quickly clear cache and cookies in a Safari browser from the browser settings.

To clear safari cache and cookies on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser.
2. In the menu bar, click on "Safari" and go to "Preferences".

Go to Safari preferences

3. Then, go to the "Privacy" tab.
4. Click on "Manage Website Data".

Manage Safari Website data

5. Click on "Remove All" and on "Remove Now" to clear browser cache and cookies.

Clear cache and cookies in Safari on Mac

To clear safari cache and cookies on iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Scroll down, locate "Safari", and tap on it.
3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on "Clear History and Website Data".

Click on Clear data in Safari

4. Then, tap on "Clear History and Data" to confirm the action.

Clear safari cache and cookies on iOS

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Clear Cache and Cookies in Google Chrome Browser

You can clear the Chrome cache and cookie from the browser settings.

To clear Chrome cache and cookies on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the three dots located in the browser's top right corner.
2. Go to "Settings".

Go to Chrome settings

3. From the left sidebar, go to "Privacy and security".
4. Then, click on "Clear browsing data".

Click on Clear Browsing Data in Chrome

5. In the "Basic" tab, next to "Time range" select "All time".
6. Then, check the box next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files".
7. Click on "Clear data" to clear cache and cookies.

Clear Chrome cache and cookies

To clear Chrome cache and cookies on iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Chrome browser.
2. At the bottom right corner, tap on the three dots and go to "Settings".

Go to Chrome settings in iOS

3. Scroll down and go to "Privacy".

Go to Chrome privacy settings in iOS

4. Tap on "Clear Browsing Data".
5. If not selected, tap on "Cookies, Site Data" and "Cached Images and Files".
6. Then, tap on the "Clear Browsing data" button two times at the bottom.

Clear Chrome cache and cookies in iOS

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Clear Cache and Cookies in Firefox Browser

You cal clear Firefox cache and cookies in Privacy and Security settings.

To clear Firefox cache and cookies on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Firefox browser and click on the three lines located in the browser's top right corner.
2. Then, go to "Preferences".

Go to Firefox preferences

3. From the left sidebar, go to "Privacy and security".
4. In the "Cookies and Site Data" section, click on "Clear Data".

Click on Clear data in Firefox

5. Make sure the box is checked next to "Cookies and Site Data" and "Cached Web Content".
6. Then, click on "Clear" and on "Clear Now".

Clear Firefox cache and cookies

To clear Firefox cache and cookies on iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Firefox browser.
2. At the bottom right corner, tap on the three lines and go to "Settings".

Go to Firefox settings in iOS

3. Scroll down and tap on "Data Management".

Go to Firefox Data Management

4. Make sure the slider next to "Cache" and "Cookies" are blue.
5. Then, tap on "Clear Private Data" and on "Okay".

Clear Firefox cache and cookies in iOS

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Clear Cache and Cookies in Microsoft Edge Browser

Edge browser cache and cookies can be cleared from the browser settings.

To clear Edge cache and cookies on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Edge browser and click on the three lines located in the browser's top right corner.
2. Then, go to "Settings".

Go to Edge settings

3. From the left sidebar, go to "Privacy, Search and Services".
4. Scroll down until you see the "Clear browsing data" section.
5. Click on the "Choose what to clear" button.

Choose what to clear in Edge

6. Under "Time range", choose "All time".
7. Ensure the box is checked next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files".
8. Then, click on "Clear Now".

Clear Edge cache and cookies

To clear Edge cache and cookies on iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Edge browser.
2. At the bottom middle of the screen, tap on the three dots and go to "Settings".

Go to Edge settings in iOS

3. Go to "Privacy and security".
4. Tap on "Clear browsing data".

Go to Clear Browsing Data in iOS

5. Make sure "Cookies and site data" and "Cache" is selected.
6. Then, tap on "Clear browsing data" and on "Clear".

Clear Edge cache and cookies in iOS

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Clear Cache and Cookies in Opera Browser

Opera cookies and the cache is cleared from the browser settings.

To clear Opera cache and cookies on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Opera browsing.
2. Click on the gear icon located in the left sidebar.
3. In the "Privacy and Security", click on "Clear browsing data".

Click on Clear Browsing Data in Opera

4. In the "Basic" tab, next to "Time range", choose "All time".
5. Check the box next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files".
6. Then, click on "Clear data".

Clear Opera cache and cookies

To clear Opera cache and cookies on iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Opera browser.
2. At the bottom right corner, tap on the three lines and go to "Settings".

Go to Opera settings in iOS

3. Under "Browser", tap on "Clear Browsing Data".

Click on Clear Browsign Data in Opera iOS

4. Select "Cookies And Site Data" and "Cached Images and Files".
5. Then, tap on "Clear".

Clear Opera cache and cookies in iOS

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We hope you've successfully cleared the cache and cookies of your browser.

You can also check the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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Tomas Meskauskas

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter to stay informed about the latest tech news or online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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