The apps installed on your Android device often store data elements with the intent of providing a better experience when you use that app going forward. Downsides of your Android apps caching data are that the cached data could be the cause of the app acting up, and it can also result in sensitive data being captured and stored, such as your browser history. Thankfully, Android makes it easy to clear the cache for apps on your device.
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Steps to Clear Cache on Android
- Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.
- Tap “Apps” in the Settings menu. The Apps screen is shown.
- Tap the specific app you want to clear the cache for. In this example, I’ll choose Google Chrome so I can clear the browser history. The App Info screen for that app is displayed.
- Tap “Storage” in the menu on this screen. The Storage screen is shown.
- Tap “Clear Cache.” The cache for that app on your Android device will automatically be cleared. This can be validated when you see the size in the Cache field go down to zero.
Reasons to Clear Cache on Android
1. Improving Device Performance
Clearing the cache on your Android device regularly boosts your device’s performance. The cache accumulates old files, images, and data, which can slow down your device. Emptying the cache frees up storage space, allowing your device to run smoother and faster.
2. Fixing App-Related Issues
Sometimes Android apps crash, freeze, or malfunction. Clearing the cache of the affected app can solve the issue. The cache stores temporary data and can cause problems with the app’s functioning. Removing it can reset the app and improve performance.
When experiencing issues with your device or an app, clearing the cache can be a useful step in the troubleshooting process. It helps resolve problems and bring the device or app back to its normal state. Clearing the cache eliminates potential causes of the problem.
4. Removing Outdated Data
The cache on your Android device can contain outdated data, such as old images and files. Clearing it ensures that your device uses the latest information, improving the overall experience. It also prevents the cache from growing too large and slowing down your device.
5. Improving Security
Clearing the cache removes sensitive data, such as login credentials and search history, that malicious actors could use. Protect your Android device by regularly clearing the cache, securing your personal information and improving the overall security of the device.
6. Clearing Personal Information
Protect your privacy by clearing the cache. It removes personal information, such as login credentials, search history, and other sensitive data. Keep your personal information secure by regularly clearing the cache.
7. Updating to a New Version
When updating an app or the operating system on your Android device, clearing the cache is a helpful step. It eliminates outdated files and data that could cause compatibility issues with the new version. Clearing the cache before updating ensures a smooth and seamless transition to the new version.