Microsoft Edge Tip

How to clear cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

Websites aren't loading correctly or you can't sign-in to online services? Try clearing the cache data and cookies on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge clear cache and cookies

Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 downloads and caches web files and images, and saves cookies (small files containing data for a specific site) from every website you visit, which helps to load web pages faster improving the browsing experience when you return to the same sites.

The only problem is that caching data and cookies over time can cause issues that may prevent websites from loading correctly on Microsoft Edge. For example, when you try to load a website that has recently been updated, it may look broken on your computer, but it’s not a problem with the site, it’s Microsoft Edge trying to load the site using cached data. However, you can quickly clear the cache and cookies to fix this and other problems.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to clear the cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 computer.

How to clear Microsoft Edge cache and cookies

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Select Settings.

    Microsoft Edge More menu
    Microsoft Edge More menu
  4. Under “Clear browsing data”, click the Choose what to clear button.

    Microsoft Edge Clear browsing data
    Microsoft Edge Clear browsing data
  5. Select the items you want to clear. In this case, check the Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files options.

    Clear cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge
    Clear cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge

    Notice that you can also clear a number of other data, including browsing history, download history, form data, passwords, and if you click Show more, you’ll see options to clear media licenses, pop-up exceptions, location permissions, full screen permissions, and notification permissions.

  6. Click the Clear button to complete the task.

Once you complete the steps, websites will load correctly, but you’ll notice that they will take longer than usual. This is because Microsoft Edge has to re-cache the data again. As a result of clearing up cookies, you may also need to sign-in again to some of your online services.

If you prefer, in the Clear browsing data settings, you can also turn on the “Always clear this when I close the browser” option. Basically, you’ll tell Edge to clear all the data for the selected items every time you close the browser.

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