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Like all web browsers, Firefox also temporarily saves some data in browser cache to speed up browsing experience. However, you can clear your browser cache as and when needed. The need of deleting cache arises when you are trying to fix loading issues or improving browsing experience in Mozilla Firefox.
When you delete cache on Firefox, it eventually deletes the saved data such as images, videos and other such parts of web pages. As a result, the loading speed of the websites will increase as it requires to download each packet from the webpage again.
If the load time increases after I delete the cache on Firefox browser, then why should I even delete it?
Well, the question is valid to an extent, but it is sometimes necessary to start fresh. Restarting things again can help you resolve multiple Firefox browser issues.
How To Clear The Cache In Firefox?
The cache in any web browser stores data such as images, scripts, videos, and other similar parts of the websites to improve its loading speed and enhance your browsing experience, the next time you visit the same website. Though, clearing the cache on Firefox and other browsers becomes important to troubleshoot problems with browser’s overall loading speed, or similar issues.
There are prominently two ways to clear browser cache in Mozilla Firefox, one is manual and the other is automatic. The only difference between these two ways is that in an automated cache clearing process, you schedule a time of the day when all the cache is deleted from your browser.
Wondering how? Here’s a quick tour on how to delete cache in Firefox browser.
1. Delete Mozilla Firefox Cache
Follow the steps below to manually clear the browser cache anytime you encounter any browsing issue or otherwise:
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.
- Click on the Menu button (indicated as three horizontal lines) at the top right corner.
- Select Options from the list that opens.
- Then, locate and choose Privacy & Security from the left-side panel.
- Scroll down until you see Cookies and Site Data. Click on Clear Data.
- You’ll get a dialog box prompt, check-mark Cached Web Content and click.
2. Automatically Clear The Firefox Cache
Well, as we already explained, you can tweak Firefox settings to automatically clear cache as soon as you close Firefox browser. To automate the process, follow these steps:
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser app on your computer.
- Click on the Menu button and go to Options.
- Under Privacy & Security tab, locate History
- You’ll see an option that says ‘Firefox will’ with a drop-down menu box. Choose Use custom settings for history.
- When you choose custom settings from the drop down, you will see a list of options with adjacent checkboxes. Check mark the checkbox ahead to Clear history when Firefox closes.
- Click on Settings, located beside the ‘clear history when Firefox closes’ section.
- In the settings menu, check mark the box beside Cache, and click.
- Close Firefox browser, and your settings will be saved.
Bonus Tip: Clear Firefox Cache Using Library Section
Apart from the ways explained above, there is one more way to delete Firefox cache i.e. using Mozilla Firefox Library. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Firefox app on your computer.
- Go to the Library section from the Firefox Menu (three horizontal lines icon) at the top-right corner, and click on History.
- Click on Clear Recent History.
- On the next screen, next to Time range to clear, choose Everything from the drop-down menu. Next, checkmark everything along with Cache and click OK.
Beware! It will delete everything and the action cannot be undone. This is also a warning given by the browser itself (shown with an attention sign in the image above).
Yeah! The Firefox cache is now deleted.
So, these were some of the quick ways to delete cache from Firefox browser and fix any issues that browser is facing or this will otherwise help you start fresh with a little longer loading time. Check out how to delete saved passwords on Firefox on Mac, if you use Firefox browser quite often. Also, give a read to our guide on the ways to hide Pocket for Firefox.
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