How to bypass your cache

To speed things up and conserve bandwidth, browsers attempt to keep local copies of pages, images, and other content you’ve visited, so that it need not be downloaded again later. Occasionally this caching scheme goes awry (e.g. the browser insists on showing out-of-date content) making it necessary to bypass the cache, thus forcing your browser to re-download a web page’s complete, up-to-date content. This is sometimes referred to as a “hard refresh”, “cache refresh”, or “uncached reload”. The rest of your cache is not affected.

How to Bypass your Cache

In Chrome you can use an incognito window to bypass your cache.

In Firefox and Safari you can use a Private window.


The best way to clear the cache is by using an incognito or private browsing window. The other methods below may not work 100% of the time.

In most Windows and Linux browsers

Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

In Apple Safari

Hold down ⇧ Shift and click the Reload toolbar button.

In Chrome and Firefox for Mac

Hold down both ⌘ Cmd + ⇧ Shift and press R.

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