Clear the DNS cache in the browsers

See what you need to do to clear the DNS cache in Chrome, Brave, Edge, Opera and Firefox

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Browsers cache DNS data in order to load a website faster. They essentially keep a copy of the DNS records, which ultimately reduces the time it takes to access a website's IP address when you revisit it.

But this DNS cache can block your internet connection and cause you problems. In such a case the advice is to do a simple reboot of the system or the router and the internet connectivity problem is fixed.

But if this simple method fails, you'll need to do a full network reset, which includes flushing your system's DNS cache.

Η clearing the system-wide DNS cache, it doesn't flush the browser's DNS cache!!. So here we will see the importance of clearing the browser DNS cache and explain how to delete it.

Do browsers also store a DNS cache?
Yes. Browsers maintain their own DNS resolution cache. It exists mainly to speed up the DNS resolution process and make the site load faster.

However, in many cases, simply clearing the system's DNS cache is ineffective in solving the website access problem. It could be due to outdated or corrupted DNS resolver cache in the browser!.

It is wise to clear your browser's DNS cache along with system DNS cleanup. The procedure for clearing the DNS cache varies between different browsers. Let's see the DNS flush process for Chrome, Brave, Edge, Opera and Firefox.

Google Chrome
Because Chrome is based on Chromium the option to clear the DNS cache in Chrome is the same as Brave, Edge and Opera. There are minor differences which we will explain below.

Step 1: Press Ctrl + T to open a new tab in Chrome.

Step 2: Type the command chrome://net-internals/#dns in the URL bar and press the enter key.

Step 3: Then click on “Clear host cache” to clear the local DNS cache.

Brave
Do the same steps as Chrome, except in step 1 put the URL: brave://net-internals/#dns

Microsoft Edge
Do the same steps as Chrome, except in step 1 put the URL: edge://net-internals/#dns

Opera
Do the same steps as Chrome, except in step 1 put the URL: opera://net-internals/#dns

Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox does not use the Chromium engine. So the process of clearing the DNS cache is different for all Chromium-based browsers. Use the following steps:

Step 1: Launch Firefox and open a new tab.

Step 2: Type about:networking in the address bar and press Enter. The Networking section will open. Click DNS in the left menu.

Step 3: You will see a list of all DNS cache entries stored in Firefox. Click the “Clear DNS Cache” button to remove all records.

Keep your browser's DNS cache fresh
A corrupted DNS cache can stop you from accessing your favorite websites. For Chromium-based browsers, the command to access and delete DNS cache entries remains the same.

However, if you use Firefox, the methods of clearing the DNS cache are slightly different. Remember to clear your browser cookies and website data if you're still having trouble accessing a website.

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    • menu – Preferences – Advanced tab Show Develop menu in menu bar, You will see Develop in Safari menu bar. In this menu, select Empty Caches, DNS caches are also included.

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