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 cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge Chromium
- How to clear cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge legacy
How to clear cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge Chromium
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.
Click on Settings.
Click on Privacy and services.
Under the “Clear browsing data” section, click the Choose what to clear button.
Use the “Time range” drop-down menu and select the All time option.
Check the Cookies and other site data option.
Check the Cached images and files option.
Clear any other item that you don’t wish to remove. For instance, Browsing history, Download history, Passwords, Autofill form data, Site permissions, and Hosted app data.
Click the Clear now button.
Once you complete the steps, temporary downloaded files and images and tracking cookies will delete from Microsoft Edge.
How to clear cache and cookies data on Microsoft Edge legacy
To clear cache and cookies data from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click the More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.
Under “Clear browsing data”, click the Choose what to clear button.
Select the items you want to clear. In this case, check the Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files options.Quick note: 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.
Click the Clear button.
After 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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Update January 16, 2020: Originally published in February 2017, revised in January 2020 to reflect the new change with the browser.