How to clear Cache in Google Drive and Google Docs

Clearing the cache in Google Drive and Google Docs does not harm your data. So, it is 100% safe to remove it if you experience trouble in accessing your files. However, before proceeding it is essential that you sync any offline file, you’re currently working on or the one that is to be uploaded, soon. Here’s a brief look-up of the process to delete the cache in Google Drive and Google Docs.

Clear cache in Google Drive & Google Docs

There are two ways you can delete the cache in Google Drive and Google Docs, using Chrome on Windows PC, and they are:

  1. Using Google Chrome Settings panel
  2. Inserting URLs.

1] Using Google Chrome Settings panel

As the name suggests, the method uses Google Chrome browser settings.

First, load the web app in Chrome and click the padlock-shaped symbol visible in the upper-left corner of the address bar.

Clear cache in Google Drive & Google Docs

There, on the menu that shows up, choose ‘Site Settings’ option.

Instantly, you will be directed to a special page within the Chrome Settings panel, associated with Google Drive or Google Docs web apps.

Once there, hit the ‘Clear Data’ button seen under ‘Usage’ section.

clear cache from Google Drive

When prompted, click ‘Clear Data’ again to confirm.

Once done, all locally cached content, including cookies, for the web app should be cleared.

2] Inserting URLs

In this method, to clear the cache, simply insert the following URLs into the address bar and hit the ‘Enter’ key.

For Google Drive:


For Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets:


When entered, you will see a screen listing all locally cached content related to the web app. Choose ‘Remove All’ option and you are done!

Soon, you’ll find the cache cleared from Google web apps like Google Docs and Google Drive.

The trick really comes handy where a user’s computer freezes and require a hard shutdown when accessing different types of media files, and PDFs.

Let us know if this helps you.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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