Clearing Cache and Cookies: A 2021 Guide - The Bailiwick Academy

Clearing Cache and Cookies: A 2021 Guide

Whether you are a new student or you have already enrolled in many classes, this happens. You’re watching your newly purchased class, and after a while, you decide to get back to it tomorrow. Sadly, when you open your laptop or device the next day, the video won’t play! What should you do, especially when your Internet connection is working fine, and you’ve refreshed your browser? Clearing the cache and cookies is the way to go because that usually solves all problems! 

Of course, the process varies from each device and browser, but that’s why we made this guide. So wherever you’re watching The Bailiwick Academy videos, you’ll be able to reset your cache and cookies if needed. There may be differences, depending on the version of these that you’re using. However, rest assured that the steps are generally the same. Let’s get to it!

Clearing cache and cookies on your desktop or laptop computer

The process for clearing cache and cookies will depend on the laptop and browser you’re using. 

For Mac computers

Clearing cache and cookies on Google Chrome

  1. Click the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the browser. 
  2. Go to the More Tools option, then select Clear Browsing Data.
  3. In the Time Range part, you can choose to clear only from a particular time or all data.
  4. Select the items you want to clear, then click Clear Browsing Data.

Clearing cache and cookies on Firefox

  1. Click the 3 lines in the upper right corner of the browser. 
  2. Go to Settings and click on the Privacy and Security section.
  3. Scroll down until you see Cookies and Site Data and then press the Clear Data button.
  4. Select the items you want to be deleted, then press Clear.

Clearing cache and cookies on Safari

  1. At the top of the Safari browser, click History.
  2. Scroll all the way down and select Clear History.
  3. A window will appear, which will let you can choose the timeframe for clearing. 
  4. Click Clear History to make your browser history disappear, along with the cache and cookies.

Clearing cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the 3 dots in the upper right corner of Edge.
  2. Choose Settings, and then under the Clear Browsing Data heading, click Choose What To Clear.
  3. Select the items you wish to clear, like the cache and the cookies.
  4. Finally, click Clear to finish.

Clearing cache and cookies on Opera

  1. Click on the Opera word and then click on Clear Private Data.
  2. At the “Obliterate the following items from:” drop-down menu, choose the option beginning of time. Then check “Empty the cache” and “Delete cookies and other site data”.
  3. Finally, click Clear Browsing Data.

For Windows computers

Clearing cache and cookies on Google Chrome

  1. At the top right, click the three dots.
  2. Click More tools and then the Clear browsing data option.
  3. Choose a time range to clear, but if you want to delete everything, just select All time.
  4. Check the boxes next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files.”
  5. Click Clear data to finish.

Clearing cache and cookies on Firefox

  1. Click the three lines in the upper right corner of Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Choose Library and go to the History section.
  3. Click on the Clear Recent History option to open a drop-down menu.
  4. From the drop-down menu next to Time range to clear, select Everything.
  5. Make sure all checkboxes are marked, and then click the OK button.

Clearing cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

  1. Select the Menu, which is represented by the 3 dots icon on the top right corner of the browser.
  2. Go to Settings, then select Privacy & services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, select the option “choose what to clear.”
  4. Check the checkboxes next to “Cached images and files” and “Cookies and other site data.”
  5. Select Clear to finish.

Clearing cache and cookies on Internet Explorer

To be honest, we don’t recommend that you use this browser anymore. Starting this August, IE will no longer be supported by Microsoft 365, so we suggest you stick with Microsoft Edge.

Clearing cache and cookies on Opera

  1. Press Ctrl+H to open the history page
  2. Click Clear browsing data in the top-right corner.
  3. Select what you want to delete and the time range, like your recent browsing history or all of your browsing history
  4. Finally, click Clear data.

Clearing cache and cookies on your mobile device

Since there are only two major operating systems for mobile devices, we’ll focus on those and their default browsers.

Clearing cache and cookies on Google Chrome for Android devices

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  1. Upon opening Google Chrome on your device, click the three dots in the upper right corner.
  2. Scroll down and click Settings, then look for the Privacy and security section
  3. Select Clear browsing data. Just like in laptops, you can choose to clear only from a particular time or all data.
  4. Finally, press Clear data.

Clearing cache and cookies on Safari for iOS/Apple devices

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  1. From the home screen, go to Settings then look for Safari.
  2. Tap Clear History and Website Data, then confirm.

What’s a cache, anyway?

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To put it simply, the cache on any browser is a “secret place” that contains stuff from websites you visit. According to BigCommerce.com, the browser takes pieces of the page and stores them on your computer’s hard drive. Examples of these are pictures, HTML codes, and so on. The process, called “caching,” is necessary to load images, text, videos, and websites faster. It can get bloated though, which we will talk about later.

Well, what are cookies?

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Sorry, not these cookies.

Sorry, we’re not referring to cookies like the cookies of Chef Joey Prats. All About Cookies explains cookies as small text files or given ID tags that are stored on your computer. Cookies generate when you visit a site that uses cookies to track your activity on that website. The site puts it on your device so the website remembers you when you visit again and help you resume what you’re doing. They will also remember your login details on sites.

Why do we need to clear cache and cookies?

If cache and cookies work together to make your website browsing a faster and easier experience, why clear them? Well, sometimes, the information on websites changes, so the saved information may no longer apply to the website. Therefore, your browser might be loading older versions which will slow the website down. The recommendation is to clear browser caches and cookies every few weeks so that your browser will load websites faster.

Of course, the disadvantage is that all your saved items like usernames and passwords will be deleted. Make sure you have those stored or written somewhere!

Now that you know about clearing cache and cookies, you’ll have an easier time watching The Bailiwick Academy videos! If you run into any problems, just refer to this blog post. And if all else fails, try using a different browser or device.

Enjoy your classes!

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