Google confirms it is phasing out cache links in search results

What you need to know

  • Google cache links in search results have started to disappear, and the company has now confirmed the removal is intentional.
  • Since the internet has become more reliable, Google thinks it’s time to retire cache links and the Cached button.
  • Google’s Search Liaison suggested the Internet Archive as a possible replacement for cache links.

Cache links have been disappearing from Google Search results for months now, which led many to wonder whether it’s an intentional effort by Google. The company’s search liaison, Danny Sullivan, confirmed as much in a post on X this week. Citing the improvements in site reliability nowadays, he explained that Google found the feature redundant. 

“It’s one of our oldest features. But it was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading,” Sullivan wrote. “These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it.”


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