Google is discontinuing its practice of storing a backup of the entire Internet, known as “cached” links in Google Search.

This feature allowed users to access websites that were down or had changed. Google’s decision to remove this feature is due to improvements in webpage reliability over time. Although cached links have been disappearing since December, users can still create their own cache links by modifying the URL or using Google Search. Previously, cached links were accessible through a drop-down menu next to search results.

Google’s decision to stop caching webpages will save resources, but it also means users lose insight into how Google’s web crawler views the web.

The removal of cached sites will increase the burden on the Internet Archive to archive and track changes on webpages worldwide.