What is the cache?

The browser cache is a folder with copies of data from pages that you have opened. Usually, the cache stores page elements that are unlikely to have changed in the time between your two requests, such as music, videos, images, styles, and scripts. The next time you view pages, Yandex Browser will not have to request this data from the internet, because it will retrieve it from the cache instead. Using the cache reduces the network load and speeds up page loading.

Example of using the cache

When you start watching an online video, the browser shows you how much of the video you have viewed and downloaded. After the download is complete, you can disconnect from the internet and finish watching the video or movie offline. The downloaded video is saved in the cache on your computer and then read from your local hard drive.

Privacy and the cache

Caching of data implies the following risks for your privacy:

  • If multiple users have access to your computer, any one of them can see the images you viewed in the cache folder. We recommend using Incognito mode on shared computers.
  • If malware is present on the computer, it can get access to the browser cache.

Clearing the cache

Attention. It's not secure enough to delete your browser data after you visit a site because a hacker might steal your data while you are on the site. To keep your personal data private, you should open questionable websites in Incognito mode.

To clear the cache:

  1. Click  → Advanced → Clear history.
  2. Under Delete the following, select the time range you want to delete the cached data for.
  3. Select the Cached files option.
  4. Disable all the other options (if you only want to clear the browser cache).
  5. Tap Clear.
Tip. You can open the Clear history window by pressing the following keys: Ctrl + Shift + Del (in Windows) or Shift + + Backspace (in macOS).

Cache location

If you need to view or copy the cache in Yandex Browser (for example, to send it to tech support), you can find it in the following folders:

Operating system Cache address
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 C:\Users\Account name\AppData\Local\Yandex\YandexBrowser\User Data\Default\Cache
Note. The AppData folder is hidden. To see it, enable hidden folder display.
macOS ~/Library/Application Support/Yandex/YandexBrowser/Default/GPUCache
Note. Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems are not supported since April 2017.

Your cache is only saved on one device. It is not imported during syncing.