If you didn’t know until now, you need to delete the cache files on your computer once in a while or regularly. Cache files, also called junk/temporary files, are the temporary data storage files that are saved to your computer. When you visit a website from your browser, download something, and with many more actions you often do with your computer, cache files are saved. They are harmless, but when there are too many of them, they can cause your PC to launch slower, work slower, etc. They also occupy an unnecessary amount of storage space. Here is how to clear cache files to run your computer smoother and solve other cache related problems.
Clearing Cache via Disk Cleanup (Windows 10)
This is quite an easy way to get rid of those cache files in your Windows 10 computer. All you need to do is:
- Press the Windows logo and the letter “R” on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run box.
- Type “cleanmgr.exe” on the Run box and press Enter. (Or search for “Disk Cleanup” in the start menu.)
- A page will pop-up with the title “Disk Cleanup for Windows (C:). The boxes located near the “Downloaded Program Files” and “Temporary Internet Files” will be checked.
- Click on “Clean up System Files” below.
- Click on “Yes” if asked.
- On the new screen that comes up, check all boxes and click “OK.”
- Agree to “Delete Files” when it asks.
Note: It may take a few moments depending on how much cache you have, but it will be deleted once you do this.
Clearing Cache From Settings Menu (Windows 10)
If it seems like too much work for you to open the run box or to use the Disk Cleanup, you can execute the same action from your Settings menu. The difference is you will choose the “unnecessary” files by hand so, make sure you know what to delete. Here is how to do it:
- First, open the Start menu by clicking the Windows logo on your left bottom corner of the screen.
- Then, open the Settings menu, which has a small gear icon.
- Open “System.”
- Click on “Storage.”
- Choose “Free up space now” located above More Storage Settings.
- You might need to take a couple of minutes for the scanning to end.
- Check on the files you would like to get rid of. (Again, make sure that it is a “Junk” file)
- Click on “Remove files.”
- Wait for the cleaning to end.
Clearing Cache From All Browsers
This is the shortcut to clear all cache files no matter which browser you choose to use. This will help you surf online a little faster.
- Press on the keys Control, Shift, and Delete altogether. (Ctrl + Shift + Del)
- You can adjust the Time Range to “All Time” or “Everything.”
- Check the box “Cached images and files.”
- Click “Clear Data.”
Note: You can do the same thing from your browser’s settings.
Bonus: Clearing Cache From Safari (macOS)
This bonus is to show you how to delete your cache files from the browser if you have a Mac operated computer:
- Open the “History” menu in Safari.
- Choose “Clear History.”
- Adjust the time range as you please.
- Click “Clear History.”
Note: Clearing your history in Safari also gets rid of the cached files in your browser.
Although it is an unfortunate thing that you have the junk cache files on your phone, yes, it is possible to delete them from your phone settings.
No, getting rid of these files do not cause a problem. It helps you run the browsers and the computer itself smoother. It is also a way to get rid of game lags.
You can adjust it to not save the cache images and files from your Settings, but no, it will not delete them itself.
We helped you to delete the cache from your computer and browser in this article. With these easy to apply steps on how to clear cache files, you can get rid of all problems caused by them.