How to delete your Flash cache

by Ross McKillop on September 16, 2010

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As you almost certainly know, Flash is a huge part of the web. Nearly every streaming video site uses it. Facebook uses it. Many of the ads you see on the web are actually Flash videos.

What you may not know, is that when you clear your browsers history, cache, passwords etc – you’re still leaving behind traces of your browsing history – in the form of the “Flash cache”. This tutorial will show you how to delete that cache – or just individual sites from it.

While this process used to be a bit more complicated, Adobe (the folks who develop Flash) have made it considerably more easy in one of the more recent versions of Flash.

  1. To get started, simply visit this page. This will take you to the Settings Manager for the Flash Player. It should also take you directly to the Website Storage Settings section. If it doesn’t, simply click the Website Storage Settings button (see screenshot below) to bring that section up.
  2. Towards the bottom of that window, you’ll see a section with a list of all the sites that have left some piece of Flash on your computer. To delete just one of the sites in the list, select it by clicking on it once, and then click the Delete website button.
  3. You’ll be prompted to confirm that you wish to delete that site – click the Confirm button.
  4. If you want to delete all of the sites that Flash has saved (the history/site-name itself, and often some Flash content) – click the Delete all sites button.
  5. Again, you’ll be prompted to confirm this action. Click Confirm.
  6. And now your computer is free of the history of sites that you have visted with Flash content.
  7. That’s it! It is of course important to note that the next time you visit a site that you had previously deleted, it will re-appear in you Flash history list.
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  • Georgina Price

    I do not see a Confirm button below the box.

  • Nicky Day-Anderson

    My Flash Player shows no settings at all and there is no information given about websites to be deleted. How can I fix this as I need to clear my cache.

  • Robert Kydd

    How can you use an external app to clear a specific url Flash Cache Files ? My users are unable to use the control panel and they are not allowed access to the internet