Google Chrome or any other internet browser for that instance stores and maintains a collection of temporary internet files when we visit a website or webpage. It stores various website data which helps in loading websites and webpages faster on revisiting them.
The path for Google Chrome cache is located in [User Profile]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache.
If for some reason users want to delete these temporarily stored files and clear the cache memory in Google chrome, here’s a step by step process on how to do it.
- First we click on the customisation button and open the Chrome menu. This is located in the far right side next to the address bar and can be recognised as an icon with 3 horizontal lines stacked on one another.
- From the dropdown menu, we select the Tools option. A sidemenu will open up. In this side menu, we click on “Clear Browsing Data” option, which will basically open a pop up for settings.
- Alternatively, we can also reach this page by clicking on settings from chrome menu, which will open the settings tab. Here, we scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Show advanced settings” to expand the page further. Then we can scroll down to the privacy subheading and click on “Clear browsing data” too.
- Either of the two above process will open a settings pop up, where we will find a list of options with their respective tick boxes. If we just want to clear the cache, we select the tick box next to Empty the cache option. Other options include:
“Clear browsing history” and “Clear download history” which erases respective data.
Ticking the “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” will clear all cookies and data sent to Chrome from other websites.
“Clear saved passwords” and “Clear Auto-fill form data” can be ticked to clear account information and passwords.
“Clear data from hosted apps” will remove any information sent from third party sources and “Deauthorize content licenses” will remove any authorization permissions for third party apps.
- Once we have made the selections, we click on the dropdown menu which is given right next to the “Obliterate the following items from” option. This lets us choose the time period for which we are clearing cache, cookies or anything else. There are options like past hour, past day, past week, past month and beginning of time. Whichever option we choose will delete the data for the respective items we selected for that particular time window.
- Once all the selections have been made, its time to take the final step. There is a button at the bottom right of this dialogue box stating “Clear browsing data”. We must know that this step is irreversible and there is no option of undoing this step. Clicking on this button will clear all the selected data for the selected period of time.
Clearing cache and cookies helps fix a lot of browser errors and runtime errors. This happens when any previously saved temporary files has been manually altered, and the browser fails to recognise it and functions accordingly. So if faced with issues which might be hampering the speed and functioning of the browser, clearing the cache might be a helpful thing to do.