How to clear cache and cookies on Opera

When you're having difficulties loading a site or signing in to a service on Opera, use this guide to clear the browsing data to fix the problem.

Clear cache and cookies on Opera

Opera is yet another popular web browser that caches web files and images, and saves cookies (tiny text files that store preferences and other data for a particular site) from all the websites you visit to improve page loading speeds when you return to the same sites.

The problem with cache data and cookies is that they don’t always work as expected. Sometimes this data temporarily stored on your computer can be the reason that websites don’t load correctly on Windows 10. It’ll give you the impression that is something wrong with the site, but it’s actually a problem with the browsing data stored on Opera.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to clear the cache and cookies on Opera on your Windows 10 computer, but you can use these steps for other operating system as well.

How to clear Opera cache and cookies

  1. Open Opera.

  2. Click the Menu button on the top-left corner.

  3. Click on Settings.

    Opera menu
    Opera menu
  4. Click on Privacy & security.

  5. Under “Privacy”, click the Clear browsing data button.

    Opera Privacy & security settings
    Opera Privacy & security settings
  6. On “Clear browsing data”, select from the drop-down from when you want to clear the browsing data. It’s always recommended to select the “the beginning of time” option.

  7. Select Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files options.

    Opera clear cache and cookies data
    Opera clear cache and cookies data

    In addition, note that you can also clear a number of other browsing data, including: browsing and download history, passwords, autofill form data, and third party services data.

  8. Click the Clear browsing data button to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, you’ll notice that sites will take longer to load, but this is a normal behavior as Opera have to re-cache the data again. You may also need to sign-in again to some of your services as a result of deleting the cookies stored in the web browser.

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About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].