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macOS: How to clear cookies, history, and cache in Safari

Here are the steps to clear the cache, history and cookies on your macOS. It is worth nothing that, when the button in the menu bar that is labeled “Clear History” is run, this will also clear the cookies and cache.

In order to clear cache, history and cookies in Safari, ensure that Safari is opened
– On the menu bar (top left of your screen)
– Click on History as shown below
– At the bottom of the menu, choose Clear History

– Use the drop-down menu to pick what timeframe you want to clear history and cookies

From the drop down menu, the following options are available

– After your desired selection, click on Clear History as shown above.

Remove Cookies Only: To remove cookies alone, follow the following steps below.
– Ensure Safari is opened.
– Select “Preferences” from the dropdown Safari menu
– This will open the Tabs below, Select Privacy

Click on on “Manage Website Data.” and the following open up
– Here you can choose to remove all at once or remove individual cookies (tracking your web browser).

– Click on Remove All as shown above (This is how i wish to go about it 🙂 )
– Next, a warning window will be prompted asking if you are sure you would like to remove the data stored on your computer

– Since I am sure of the operation, I will go ahead and select “Remove Now”

Removing Cache Only: The hidden Safari Developer menu can be used to clear just the cache, leaving cookies and the browser history in place. 
– To remove cache alone, follow the following steps below.
– Ensure Safari is opened.
Note: The Developer menu can be activated by selecting Safari
– Preferences,
– Click on the Advanced icon,
– Click the box to Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar as shown below.

As you can see “Develop” menu is now available on the Menu bar.
– Now click on the Develop menu and
– Select Empty Caches as shown below

As you can see, there is no more saved website data. On how to do this on your iPhone and tablet etc, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201265

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