When you visit certain websites, temporary internet files and cookies are stored on your computer. For more information, read our help article What are cookies?. These stored files can help access information faster but can clog your computer’s disk space. It’s a good idea to occasionally clean your disk space by clearing your cookies, cache, history and footprints. Keep in mind: When you clear your cookies, cache, history and footprints, you may lose customized pages, websites you've visited, information in a shopping cart and AOL Radio presets.

Before you begin, you’ll need to know the version of the browser you’re using. Unsure which version you’re using? Check out our help article How do I find the version of my web browser?

To clear your cookies, cache, history and footprints, select your browser from the list below:

Clear cache, cookies and history in Google Chrome:

1. Open your Chrome browser.

2. In the upper right, click the More Options or Settings icon (three vertical dots).

Google Chrome More Options

3. Near the bottom of the menu, click More Tools, and then click Clear Browsing Data.

Google Chrome More Tools

4. In the window that appears, in the drop-down next to ‘Obliterate the following items from:’, select the beginning of time.

5. Click Clear browsing data.

Google Chrome Clear Browsing Data

Clear cache, cookies and history in Microsoft Edge(Windows 10):

1. Open your Edge browser.

2. Click the Menu Button located at the top-right corner of the browser's window.

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3. Click Settings.

4. In the Settings Menu, scroll down and click Choose what to clear.

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5. Choose what you would like to clear and click the Clear button.

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Clear cache, cookies and history in Internet Explorer 9.0/10/11:

Note: The steps below also apply to Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11

1. Open your Internet Explorer. browser

2. Click the Tools menu (gear icon), and then click Internet Options.

3. Click the General tab, under the Browser history section, click Delete.

4. Check the Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History check boxes, and then click Delete.

5. Click OK.

Clear cache, cookies and history in Internet Explorer 6.0/7.0/ 8.0:

Note: The steps below also apply to Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options.

3. On the General tab, in the Browsing history section, click Delete.

4. In the Temporary Internet Files section, click Delete files to clear the cache.

5. Click Yes.

6. Click Close.

7. Click OK.

Clear cache, cookies and history in Firefox:

For Windows

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. Click Tools in the top menu.

3. Click Options.

4. Click the Privacy tab on the left.

5. Under the ‘History’ section, click the clear all current history link.

6. In the ‘Time range to clear’ drop-down menu, select Everything.

7. Check the boxes next to whatever you want to be cleared and click Clear Now.

For Mac

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. At the top, click the Firefox menu, and then click Preferences.

4. Click the Privacy tab on the left.

5. Under the ‘History’ section, click the clear your recent history link.

6. In the ‘Time range to clear’ drop-down menu, select Everything.

7. Check the boxes next to whatever you want to be cleared and click Clear Now.

Clear cache, cookies and history in Safari:

1. Open Safari.

2. Click the Safari menu, and then click Clear History.

3. In the drop-down next to ‘Clear’, select all history.

4. Click Clear History.

Clear cache, cookies and history in the AOL Desktop Software:

For information on clearing your cookies and cache in the AOL Desktop Software, please visit our help article AOL Desktop Software: Settings, and then click the heading Browser Settings.

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