Clear Cache and Cookies (Temporary Internet Files) from Google Chrome


 Google Chrome Browser, Mac or Windows


Clearing potentially corrupted cache, cookies, or other temporary internet files from the Google Chrome browser


  1. On your computer, open Chrome
    1. Note: If you already have multiple Chrome windows or tabs open, close all but one
  2. At the top right, click the three vertical dots
  3. Click Clear browsing data
    1. Alternatively, you may navigate to Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear Browsing Data
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time
  5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes
  6. Click Clear data
    1. NOTE: It can take a few minutes to clear the cache depending on how long it has been accumulating.
  7. Quit Chrome
  8. Restart your computer

Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to quickly access the "Clear Browsing Data" window
    • Choose the Time Range for All Time
    • Clear at least Cookies and Other Site Data as well as Cached Images and Files
    • You can leave Passwords and Download History
  2. Click Clear Data

Clear Cookies from A Single Site

To clear the cookies for just one site without clearing out everything else at the same time in Chrome:

  1. Click the lock to the left of the URL (web address)
  2. Click Cookies
  3. Click Remove
    1. You can keep clicking Remove until all cookies are gone
  4. Click Done 

Additional Information

Depending on the settings you choose to clear after you clear cache and cookies:

  • Some settings on sites will be deleted
    • For example, if you were signed in, you’ll need to sign in again, so make sure you know your login information
  • Sites can load slowly because content needs to load again
  • You can lose your browsing history

For more information, please see "Why is it Necessary to Clear Cache and Cookies (or Temporary Internet Files) from Browsers" in this knowledge base.

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