Despite the fact that cache files generally help to speed up your web browsing, over time, these files take up significant disk space and may slow down your Mac.
You should clear the browser cache in case you need to free up disk space on your computer. In this article, we will show you how to clear Google cache on Mac.
Should you clear cache
Cache files are used to store rarely modified resources from sites and thus reduce the traffic and make the loading of web pages faster. Browser caches are temporary files on your computer (images, flash elements, sounds and so on) featured on the web page and can be located on your hard drive.
In case you need to free up some disk space on your Mac, you should clear these cache files. Also, clearing the browser cache will help to solve some issues with the downloading of web pages.
How to clear cache in Google Chrome manually
We will show you two manual options of Google Chrome cache removal.
How to manually delete Google Chrome cache using the browser:
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Go to the Menu → Chrome → Clear Browsing Data… or press the Ctrl + Shift + Delete key combination.
- Switch to the Advanced tab.
- Select whatever Chrome temporary internet files you want to delete.
- Click Clear data.
How to manually delete Google Chrome cache using the Mac Finder
Every browser has its own caching algorithm and stores the caches in its directory. If you are using a Mac, then the Chrome caches will be located in the hidden Library folder and the Google Chrome cache location will be ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/
Just follow these steps to remove the Chrome cache from Mac Library manually:
- Open Finder.
- Press Command+Shift+G on your keyboard.
- Type ~/Library in the search field and click Go.
- Go to the Caches → Google → Chrome and remove Cache from there.
- Then empty Trash to clear browser cache in Google Chrome entirely.
The easy way to clear Google Chrome cache
Another easy way to clear the web cache or caches of any Mac application and the system is to use a free utility App Cleaner & Uninstaller. The utility was basically designed to uninstall apps completely, but it also allows you to clear caches of separate programs and even find the service files of the apps that have already been removed from your Mac.
Here is how to clear the cache of Google Chrome with App Cleaner & Uninstaller:
- Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
- Find Chrome in the list of apps.
- Select cache files in the right section and click Remove Service Files.
- Confirm the removal of caches.
The main advantage of this option is that you can use App Cleaner app to find and remove cache files of any app on your Mac.
We hope that our article has given the answers to all your questions about Google and Chrome cache. You now know the types of cache, how to view cached pages, how to clear Google Chrome cache. If you have any more questions, just write in the comments. We’ll be happy to assist you.
Frequently asked questions about Google cache
What is Google cache?
The Google cache is the server cache that is used to create temporary copies of web pages. In short, Google Cache is an archive copy of the web page stored on Google servers. Search engines keep a copy of each indexed page in case the original website is temporarily unavailable, or the content of the original page has been updated and some information is lost. Also, Google Cache is required to get access to websites blocked in your country as well as information when the web pages are loading slowly. It can even restore the content of non-working websites.
Almost every internet user may face a situation where a website is not currently available. Or, if you have your own website, it may happen that, while you are making some changes in the design, you suddenly realize that you inadvertently lost the text or that part of the site design has disappeared. Well, in both situations, server cached pages will help you to view the pages’ content and resolve the problem.
What is a Google cached page?
A Google cached page is a saved copy of a web page (HTML) and stored on servers. Each time the search engine visits a site for indexing, it saves the data of the site pages. They are called Google cached pages.
How to search for cached pages
When you need to open any website which, for some reason, is not currently available, you can use the Google cache. You’ve probably noticed a small arrow button next to the web URL address when using the Google search engine. If you click on it, you will see a pop-up window with the Cached hyperlink. You can view the cached pages and a snapshot of the date they were made.
How to view Google cached pages
There is an easy way to see cached web pages – the older versions of each page. All you need do is to type the word “cache” before the URL address and click Enter.
View the example.
You will then be redirected to the cached page through the Google cache URL address: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nektony.com/blog