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How To Fix Chrome Waiting For Cache Issue On Windows 10?

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Some users on Windows 10 have reported that their Chrome Browser stuck on “waiting for cache” and freezes. Whenever users access a website it will load slowly and it is reported that the freeze lasts up to a few minutes before it will resume and work normally.

This issue is more likely to affect the Windows 10 computer with SSDs rather than hard disk drives.

Did you already experience this issue?

This article will lead you to the different methods on fixing on clearing your browser cache.

What Causes The ‘Waiting For Cache’ issue On Chrome In Windows 10?

The cache is where certain information about your browsing history is stored by your internet browser so that it can be accessed faster when you needed it. The reason for the display of the “waiting for cache” message is when the Chrome browser can’t be able to access this information

All other browsers like Chrome are designed to get data from the locally stored cache before merging the fresh content download from the internet and other web pages you visited. This will lead you to a quicker browsing experience, otherwise, you’ll see the “waiting for cache” message that will eventually lead to slow browsing down to crawl, fail to open webpages, and freezes.

This Google Chrome issue is kind of annoying, especially if we are in a hurry and badly needed the information from the internet.

What To Do If Google Chrome Keeps Saying “Waiting For Cache” And Freezes?

If you keep on getting those notifications from Google Chrome in this article will provide you some steps that can be taken to resolve this issue.

Method 1: Clearing Browser Cache

This sometimes happened a lot if you are browsing too many web pages and it accumulates cache data on your list and takes a lot longer to scroll. It is recommended to clear the browsing data at least once a week or you may set it on your browser’s settings.

You may follow these steps to clear your browser cache in Chrome on your Windows 10:

  1. In Chrome, click on the three vertical dots located at the top right corner of your browser to open the Chrome menu.
  2. Navigate and scroll down the list and click More Tools and select Clear browsing data. For keyboard shortcut, just press Ctrl + Shift + Del.
  3. In the Clear browsing data dialog, click on the drop-down box in Time Range and click All time, options are also available like Last Hour, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days, and Last 4 weeks. Then tick all the boxes you wish to be removed. You also have the option if you go either Basic or Advanced. After ticking all the boxes, click on clear data.
  4. Restart Google Chrome and Browse.

Method 2: Reset Chrome Settings to Default

Reverting Chrome to its default settings will remove all your customizations and other settings you have made in the past and reset to its default settings like on how it is installed the first time.

To reset the Chrome follow these steps below:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three (3) vertical dots at the top right corner of your browser.
  3. Click on Settings, click Advanced to expand the hidden settings, then click on Reset and Clean Up. 
  4. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults. 
  5. A pop-up window will appear and click on Reset settings to confirm that you want your Chrome to be reverted on its default settings.

Restart your browser and see if “waiting for cache” is still showing up.

Method 3: Creating a New User Profile

Creating a new user profile is another method to fix Google Chrome’s “waiting for cache” issue.  Although it will lose your user preferences and bookmarks you can still import your new profile if this will resolve the error.

Here are the steps to create a new user profile in Chrome;

  1. Open your Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the picture icon (this is your current profile) located at the top right corner next to the three (3) vertical dots and click on Add.
  3. Type in the name and add an icon for your new profile and click on Add to create a new profile on your Chrome browser.
  4. Chrome will restart with the new profile.

Check if the issue has been resolved by doing the same thing as you did that triggers the “waiting for cache” issue. If the issue has been fixed, you can easily sign in with your Google account to import your saved data like your user preferences and bookmarks to the new profile.

Method 4: Disabling Cache from writing to your SSD (Solid State Drive)

If the above methods don’t resolve the issue, you can also disable the disk write caching feature on your Windows 10 PC to fix Google Chrome “waiting for cache” error.  This feature allows data initially stored in DRAM or SLC NAND and then written on the drive NAND. This can improve your computer performance and speed but keep in mind disabling this feature might affect or slow your drive write speed.

Follow the steps below to disable the write cache on your SSD drive:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open up a Run dialog. Type “devmgmt.msc” and click OK to open up the  Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, double click the Disk drive to expand it.
  3. Right-click the SSD on which Chrome is installed and click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click on the Policies tab.
  5. Uncheck Enable write caching on the device box. Then, click OK to exit the window.

If you are done, restart your Google Chrome and try to reaccess the site, and see if it resolves the issue.

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