An operating system works on a complex set of instructions and run apps. From using a Microsoft Windows laptop to Apple’s macOS, the operating system is carrying a lot of burdens. When you open software, plenty of files open at the same time and they store as cache memory.
You can consider cache memory as local memory for apps because they can send instructions at a faster speed, and give you output. When you are done with the work and closes the file, most of the data created by the software vanishes from the RAM and your storage. However, it doesn’t mean all the temporary files are deleted in this process.
These temporary files keep clogging and eating up your storage. Most MacBook users find this issue annoying, and the same goes with Microsoft Windows users. After a long period, these files start making your PC slow and getting rid of these cache files is important. The process to remove cache files isn’t straightforward because you don’t know where the cache files are stored.
Steps to Clear Catch in Mac & Windows Laptop
In such situations, using the right tools can help you get out of such issues. Here we are mentioning methods to clear cache in Mac and Windows Laptop. Let’s get started with the Mac first.
Clearing Cache in macOS
macOS is different in many ways from Microsoft’s Window, and it collects way more cache files which can eventually fill your storage in a short period. To begin, you should start by following the below-given steps –
Step 1 – Terminate all Apps
You can close all the running applications by clicking on the red icon in the upper right corner of each app. If there is any app running, then its cache will not delete even if you try hard using professional tools. Closing all the apps is necessary. Meanwhile, the Finder app will continue to run, and you can’t close it on MacBook. To terminate an app with the keyboard shortcut, press Command + Q keys together in the app. It will close the app.
Step 2 – Open Finder
In the lower right corner of the application dock, you can see the Finder icon. Click on it, and it will open a new window. Now press Shift + Command + G keys simultaneously to get navigation windows. In the column, enter ~/Library/Caches.
Step 3 – Move to Trash
All the files and folders in this location are temporary, and you can delete them. Go to all the folders manually, press the Command + A key to select all the files in a particular window. Then right-click to get options. Choose the ‘Move to Trash’ option. All the files will be deleted from the folder.
Step 4 – Enter Password
While deleting the files, you might have to enter the password. Make sure that you are logged into the administrator account. These steps won’t work if you are signed into the guest account.
Step 5 – Go to Library
Follow the same steps to get the “Go to Folder option” by pressing Command + Shift + G keys. Now enter /Library/Caches directory and open it. You can delete all the files from this folder also as most of the data in these folders is temporary. Reboot your computer after following the steps.
Step 6 – Empty Trash Folder
During reboot time, your MacBook might take a few extra seconds to rebuild a few of the necessary cache files. Once you are signed in to the user account, open Bin and click on the Empty Trash button. All the temporary files will be permanently deleted. Make sure that there must be no important files in the Trash otherwise it might get deleted in this process.
Note – It is not recommended to delete the cache folder because it is storing some necessary but temporary files to run the operating system. Deleting all those files including the cache folder might affect the performance for a while. Your PC will have to create all the files again and it will reduce the performance.
Clearing Cache in Safari
Safari is a popular web browser for macOS users and it is considered to be the safest alternative to Google Chrome. While browsing the net, a hefty number of temporary files are stored in the form of cache memory. Cleaning these files will be easy by following the below-given steps –
- Well, safari doesn’t offer the option to clear cache files by default but some alternative methods can remove the cache files.
- Open safari on your mac and then go to the preferences option. Here, you can find an option called Advanced.
- Scroll down and choose “Show Developer menu in menu bar” and then you can close the preferences window.
- Now in the browser’s menu button, you can choose the Empty Caches option and delete all the temporary files like a charm.
- In this method, you are not able to see that what files are getting deleted. Almost everything related to cache and cookies will be permanently deleted in this process. The browser history will remain the same.
Following these simple steps will help you make your Macbook run smooth and provide a boost in performance. Use Command + R button and it will refresh the web page. You can find a significant difference in performance now except the fact that you might have to login back to everything in safari.
Third-Party Apps to Clean Cache in macOS
Many third-party apps can help in cleaning cache and cookies files in macOS. Using any professional application from a reputed developer can ease up the work.
How to Clear Cache in Windows Laptop?
Windows operating system is one of the best when it comes to additional tweaks and the ability to make custom changes. You can access almost everything with a little knowledge. If your Microsoft Windows Laptop is running slow recently, then chances are clearing the cache in Windows Laptop will get you back to the smooth performance again. To clear cache, you can follow these steps –
Step 1 – Disk Clean up
After turning on your windows laptop, press the Windows key and type Disk Cleanup in the search bar. You can find the icon on the app and then right-click on it. Choose Run as administrator to provide complete access to root folders. Disk Cleanup will run diagnostic and it will let you know about how much space it can clear.
Step 2 – Wait for a While
This process is time hungry and it would be better to grab your cup of coffee and let the process complete. After completing the search of temporary files, you can choose the files and folders that you want to scan. All the directories selected will be scanned.
Step 3 – Clean up System Files
While selecting the folders, you can check the size of all the cache files. After scanning, click on the “Clean Up System Files” button in the same window. It will take less than few seconds to get rid of all the temporary and cache files. It can also delete cache files of your Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer web browser. So, in most cases, this method will work perfectly to get rid of any extra and temporary data.
Step 4 – Manually Deleting
There is one more directory that you can clean using the shortcut command. Follow the steps –
- Press Window + R key together.
- You will get into the Run window.
- Type %temp% and hit enter.
- Select all the files by pressing Ctrl + A.
- Now press Shift + Delete to permanently remove these files.
There is one more folder that you can clean using these commands. Follow the same command till Run window and then –
- Type Temp and hit enter.
- In this folder, most of the files are temporary.
- You can select all and delete.
In case any of the folders or files are not deleting, then make sure that you have all the applications closed. Or, you can skip a few files.
Step 5 – Reboot
After completing all the steps, you can reboot your Microsoft windows laptop and it will take a few extra seconds to restart. Now, you can find a significant difference in terms of speed.
Clearing Cache in Google Chrome in Windows Laptop
Google Chrome is famous for eating up RAM and making the number of temporary files in the background. Whenever you visit a website, most of the cache and cookies files are stored inside your PC. You can delete them by –
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Del key in Google chrome.
- You will get a new window to delete web browser history, cache and cookies data.
- Select the type of data you want to delete and hit enter.
- Close Google Chrome and run it again.
In most cases, the cookies and cache data is deleted permanently and it takes a few seconds. If you still feel that your Google Chrome is running slow, then you should update it to the latest version and follow the same steps.