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Clear Safari/Chrome/Firefox Browser Caches on Mac

By Lois Green, Monday, April 17, 2017

Browsers store website data such as pictures, script as caches on your Mac so that if you visit the website next time, the web page will load faster. It is recommended to clear browser caches every now and then to protect your privacy as well as improving browser's performance. Here is how to clear caches of Safari, Chrome, Firefox on Mac. The process to clear caches is different in each browser.

Note: Remember to restart Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox after the caches are cleared.

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How to Clear Caches in Safari

Safari is the first choice for many Mac users. In Safari, you can go to History > Clear History to clear your visit history, cookies as well as caches. If you want to delete only cache data, you'll need to:

  1. Go to Develop in the upper menu bar;

  2. Click Empty Caches;

  3. If there is no Develop option, go to Safari > Preference and tick "Show Develop menu in menu bar.

Clear Safari Caches on Mac

How to Clear Caches in Chrome

To clear caches in Google Chrome on Mac, you can:

  1. Choose History on the upper menu bar;

  2. From the drop-down menu, choose "Show Full History";

  3. Then select "Clear browsing data" in the history page;

  4. Tick "Caches images and files" and select the date;

  5. Click "Clear browsing data" to delete caches.

Clear Chrome Caches on Mac


  • It is recommended to clear browser history and cookie along with caches for the sake of privacy.

  • You can also access "Clear browsing data" menu from About Google Chrome > Settings > Privacy.

How to Clear Caches in Firefox

To delete cache in Firefox:

  1. Choose History > Clear Recent History;

  2. From the pop-up window, tick Cache;

  3. Or if you want to clear everything, choose Everything;

  4. Click Clear Now.

Clear Firefox Caches on Mac

Bonus: Clear Caches in Multiple Browsers at Once

If you find it inconvenient to clear browsers one by one, or you are expecting to clear more space on your Mac, you can use the help of FonePaw MacMaster.

This is a cleaner program that can scan out and clear caches of all browsers on your Mac, including Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera. Better than that, it can help you get more space on Mac by cleaning old files, removing duplicate files and completely uninstalling unwanted apps.

The program is now free to download.


To clear caches of Safari, Chrome, Firefox in one click with MacMaster, you should:

Step 1 Open MacMaster. The first category System Junk includes application caches, system caches and other cache data. Therefore, click Scan button to scan out caches files.

System Junk

Step 2 After scanning, all system data will be displayed. Choose App Cache and find the caches of Chrome, Firefox and other browser.

Application Cache

Step 3 Click Clean to get rid of all browser caches.

If you have more question about browser caches and cleaning mac, please leave your comment below.

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