Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.
Your Firefox is out of date and may contain a security risk! Upgrade Firefox

Support Forum

does clearing cache erase my passwords saved on firefox


I would like to clear my cache (never did) does it erase passwords saved by firefox

This happened

Not sure how often

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • -Runs Java applets using the latest installed versions of Java. For more information: Java Embedding Plugin. Run version test: Java Information.
  • Gecko default plugin
  • Picasa plugin.
  • npmnqmp 071503000004
  • BrowserPlus -- Improve your browser! -- http://browserplus.yahoo.com/
  • iPhoto6
  • MacVideo
  • 3.0.40818.0
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • Shockwave Flash 10.0 r42
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3

More Information

fwenzel 3 solutions 22 answers

To clear your cache, click on the "Tools" menu, then "Clear Recent History". You can choose what exactly you would like to clear.

NO, this will NOT delete your saved passwords.

  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
10754 solutions 96781 answers

There is usually no need to clear the cache. Firefox will automatically remove items to make room for new items if the cache reaches the limit that you have set. Only in case of problems when pages do not load properly then you may need to clear the cache and in such cases you can still try to override the cache.

You can reload the page and bypass the cache with:

* Press and hold  Shift  and left-click the  Reload  button.
* Press  Ctrl  +  F5  or press  Shift  +  Ctrl  +  R  (Windows,Linux)
* Press  Shift  +  Cmd  +  R  (MAC)

See Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly and Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox --- It never hurts to have a backup of your profile data. See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_backup and Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Password_Manager#Backing_up_and_restoring_passwords http://kb.mozillazine.org/Backing_up_and_restoring_bookmarks_-_Firefox