What does it mean to clear the cache and cookies?
First, a cache is a place where your browser stores temporary files to remember bits and pieces of website pages such as its images, fonts, and other information to avoid re-downloading them each time you return to the website. This helps you load your frequently visited sites more quickly and speed up your browsing.
Second, cookies are files created by sites that you visit and stores information about you and the things you do online. By saving browsing data, it can make your online browsing experience a bit easier for navigating to your sites, such as keeping track of sites you are logged into, your searches, information you place in online form fields, etc.
When you use browsers, like Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Every once in a while you may find a site or app stops working correctly, moves more slowly, etc, and clearing the cache will often fix some of those problems.
What happens after you clear your cache and cookies?
After you clear the cache and cookies, some settings on your sites may get deleted, such as your login information so if you were logged in, you will need to log in again after clearing the cache. Some sites can seem to load slower because content, like images, will have to load back up again.
How do you clear the cache on your Chromebook?
- Open up Google Chrome browser.
- On your keyboard, press CTRL + H. This will open up your browsing history folder. You can also click the 3 dots in the top right corner and then select History and then History again.
- On the left side of the screen, select Clear Browsing Data.
- Select All Time for the Time Range.
- Make sure that at least the clear cookies and other site data box and cached images and files box are checked. The Browsing history box could be checked if you find you need to clear those as well.
- Select "Clear Data".
- Close Google Chrome.
How often should you clear the cache?
Your cached files allow you faster access to websites you visit often. Your browser may periodically delete old cached files, and unless there is a specific reason to do so, you can usually wait a bit before clearing the cache.
When you find you need to clear up space in your storage or websites are acting up, etc, then it would be a good first step to clear out your cache and cookies.
You may find it a best practice to try clearing out your cache on a weekly basis.
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