How to Clear Cache and Hard Reload Chrome

Cache is a collection of web pages including the texts, images and most other media contained on them, that is stored on your hard drive or phone storage. Having a local copy of a webpage helps in quick loading of the page on your next visit because your system or device doesn’t have to download the same information again from the internet.

Cached data in the browser sounds great, so why do you ever have to clear it?

You certainly don’t have to, not as a regular part of computer or smartphone maintenance, anyways. However, a few good reasons to clear cache comes to the way.

  1. Clearing your cache forces your browser to retrieve the newest copy available from the website, something that should happen automatically but sometimes does not.
  2. You might also want to clear your cache if you happen to face issues like 404 errors or 502 errors, sometimes indications that your browser’s cache is corrupted.
  3. Another reason to delete your browser’s cache data would be to free up space on your hard drive. Over time, the cache can grow up in space and so clearing it would add up to more productive space.

If you are making frequent changes to a web page, the caching mechanism can cause confusion. Some changed elements on the page may load and some may not because your browser is still using the older, cached version of the site rather than the updated version.

To troubleshoot this, you can try hard reloading the browser which allows to bypass the cache on your system and re-download everything for the web page thereby ensuring that you are viewing the most recent version of the web page.

  1. Right click anywhere on the web page and click ‘Inspect’ at the bottom

2. You will see a pane open up on the right hand side

3. Now right click the Refresh Icon at the top left of your browser and select: Empty Cache and Hard Reload

4. Wait for your screen to refresh as it clears your cache and reloads

5. You can now close the pane on the right hand side (top right ‘x’ button)