Google Chrome is one of the most used browsers due to its high speed and easy to use interface. Regular updates that improve performance and provide bug fixes are another reason why it attracts over a billion users. Chrome has many features that improve its performance, one of which is the ability to cache certain pages and websites.
The browser caches data to decrease load times and improve performance. This cache is used as an offline copy of the pages and can theoretically be queried offline. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the simplest ways to display cached pages for a particular site in Chrome. Be sure to follow each step carefully and precisely to avoid clashes.
What is caching?
You may have heard the term in passing, but do you understand how caching works? Simply, it is a component that stores data when you visit a web portal. This enables you to load this data faster the next time you visit the site. The idea is to decrease the bandwidth and processing power required to display the hardware.
Access cached pages in Chrome
- Click the Start button and then Control Panel.
- Select “Appearance and Personalization” and then click on “Folder Options”.
- Click the View tab and go to Advanced Settings.
- Click the Show hidden files and folders radio button, and then click OK.
- Click the Start menu button and then Computer. Double-click your primary hard drive, then click User and open the folder with your username.
- Navigate to the “AppData Local Google Chrome User Data Default Cache” file path. The content of the Chrome cache is displayed in this folder.
If your connection is spotty: Download the cached version from a web portal.
This feature isn't new, but it surely comes in handy when you're trying to reference something on a site that you've already loaded. It's not enabled by default, so start using the Load Cached Version feature on desktop and smartphone (Android):
- Type chrome://flags in the search box and look for the Enable Deprecated Offline Loading button or the Enable Show Saved Copy button depending on the version of Chrome (for example, stable, beta, or developer). You can also try these direct links:
chrome://d flags/# copy saved for presentation
chrome://drapeaux/# enable offline-load-stale-cache enable
- After activating the setting, you will be prompted to restart Chrome.
- To test, turn on airplane mode and fly back to a location. A button should appear to load the cached version.
Along with Chrome for Windows, Offline Mode is also available on Chrome for Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android, and works the same way as it does on Windows.
Remember that it displays older versions of web pages when you access your cached copies. You can use offline mode to display any offline web portal, but it's probably more useful for websites that don't update as often, so the cache isn't as out of date. Along with displaying cached copies of websites when you're offline, there are plenty of Chrome apps you can use offline.
When you visit a web portal that is not cached, the screen appears at the top, but the Show Saved Copy button is not available. Even if you clear your cache, you should visit the websites you want to go to offline while you have an Internet connection, so that these sites are cached again and available if you don't have an Internet connection. If you don't clear your cache, you can also speed up browsing in Chrome.