If you’re experiencing slow performance on your smartphone or tablet, there are some common steps you can take to troubleshoot and often fix it. Many issues can be resolved simply by restarting the device.
Another common way to improve performance or at least free up extra storage space on an Android phone is to clear cached data for apps and Clear Chrome cache data for websites you visit.
Below I’ll walk you through both processes, which shouldn’t take long. The hardest part is figuring out where to look, which is exactly what I’m going to show you.
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As with any tutorial that walks you through how to do something on an Android device, due to different device manufacturers and custom Android-based software, the steps that work for you may be slightly different than what I outline below. But the gist of the process is covered, this should be similar enough to at least point you in the right direction. (Here’s how to clear your iPhone’s cache.)
How to Clear App’s Cache Data
How to Clear Chrome’s Cache
What is cached data?
When you clear cache data, whether for an app or from Chrome, you’re really just deleting various files and information that app has downloaded. For an app like Facebook, cached data might be profile photos, pictures, videos, and the like, where the phone saves them to speed up scrolling through your timeline.
In other words, while files and data contribute to the overall experience, they aren’t essential and often become bloated and take up too much storage space.
How often should I clear my Android device’s cache?
That depends! If you’re seeing a lot of performance issues, this should be on your list of troubleshooting steps. Otherwise, maybe quarterly, or twice a year? It really just depends on what your phone or tablet is doing.
Can I only gain storage space by clearing the cache?
No. In fact, one of the first troubleshooting steps I do when I run into any weird bugs or problems with an app is to clear the cache. Often, files in the cache are corrupted or outdated, and forcing the application to rebuild the cache can resolve the issue. It’s a win-win.