How to clear the cache on your Android phone or tablet (and why you should)

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If you’re experiencing slow performance on your phone or tablet, there are general steps you can take to troubleshoot and often fix it. Many problems can be fixed simply by restarting the device.

Another popular way to improve performance, or at least free up extra storage space, on your Android phone is to clear app cache data. When Clear Chrome’s cached data for websites you visit.

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Both processes are described below and will not take much time. The hardest part is figuring out where to look. I will show you exactly that.

As with any tutorial that explains how to do something on an Android device, the steps may vary slightly from what is outlined below due to differences in device manufacturers and customized software on Android. But the gist of the process is covered, and this should at least be similar enough to point you in the right direction. (And here’s how to clear cache on your iPhone.)

How to clear app cache data

The easiest way to see all the apps installed on your Android phone or tablet is to open the Settings app and check the main list. depository; tap. On the next screen, app option. Some phones, such as the Moto G 5G, skip the storage option and list apps directly in the Settings app. If you can’t find the list of apps, use the search bar at the top of the Settings app to find it.

To easily see which apps are using the most storage on your device when viewing the list of apps, tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner and tap sort by size.

Android Storage and App Storage pages showing apps sorted by size

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Select any app from the list. Note that I chose to select an app rather than a system service such as Android System Intelligence because I had mixed results when clearing caches for system apps or services. So it’s recommended to do this only for apps.

After opening the app, you can see the app size, user data, cache size, and total amount of storage used. At the top of the page is[ストレージのクリア]When[キャッシュのクリア]There are two options for

[ストレージの消去]Do not select The app more or less reset and I have to reconfigure everything. However, you can clear the cache without any ill effects.

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Continue going through the list to see which apps are taking up a lot of space and clear the cache for each one. Or, if you want to be really thorough, you can go through and clear the cache of every app on your phone. To do.

How to clear Chrome’s cache

Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet and tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner.Then select history > Clear browsing data.

Clear browsing data in Chrome Browser

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The next screen will display a list of options. You can choose which data to remove from Chrome and choose how long to remove the data. Each data option has a brief description of what it means and how it affects your experience.

For example, clearing cookies and site data will sign you out of some (in my experience all) websites. Clearing cached images and files can cause Chrome to take a long time the next time it needs to load images from your most frequently used sites.

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Select the data and time you want to clear, then tap the Clear Data button at the bottom of the screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cached data?

Clearing cached data from an app or Chrome actually removes various files and information that the app has downloaded. For apps like Facebook, cached data can be profile pictures, photos, videos, and similar content that your phone stores to speed up scrolling your timeline.

In other words, files and data are useful for the overall experience, but they aren’t essential and can often take up too much storage and become bloated.

How often should I clear the cache on my Android device?

it depends! If you’re having a lot of performance issues, it should be on your list of troubleshooting steps. Otherwise, quarterly or twice a year? It really depends on how well your phone or tablet is performing.

Can I gain storage space just by clearing the cache?

No. In fact, one of the first troubleshooting steps I take when encountering strange bugs or issues with an app is clearing the cache. Often the files in the cache are corrupted or outdated, and you can fix that problem by forcing the app to rebuild the cache. It’s a win-win.

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