How to Clear the Spotify Cache


Every time you use the Spotify app on your mobile device or computer, it stores temporary files on your device. Spotify does this to give you a better experience when using the app. However, over time, these files can start to take up meaningful storage space. As a result, it’s a good idea to periodically clear your Spotify cache to reclaim and free up that storage space. In this article I’ll show you how to clear your Spotify cache on both your mobile iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and in the Spotify app on your desktop computer.

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Steps to Clear the Spotify Cache in Spotify Mobile App

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You’ll land on your Spotify home screen.
  2. Tap the “Settings” app at the top of the screen. The Settings screen is shown.
Tap the Settings app at the top of the screen.
  1. Scroll down this menu, and then tap “Storage.” The Storage screen is displayed.
Tap Storage.
  1. Tap “Clear Cache.” A window pops up letting you know that if you move forward that your downloaded Spotify content won’t be removed from your device.
Tap Clear Cache.
  1. Tap “Clear Cache.” Your Spotify cache will be cleared.
Tap Clear Cache again.

Steps to Clear the Spotify Cache in Spotify Desktop App

  1. Open the Spotify desktop app, and then click your profile image at the top of the screen. A menu is displayed.
  2. Click “Settings” in this menu. The Spotify settings screen is shown.
Click your profile image at the top of the screen, and then click Settings.
  1. Scroll down the settings menu until you get to the Storage section. Find Cache in this section, and then click “Clear Cache.” A window pops up letting you know that any temporary files Spotify has saved to this device will be removed, but that any content you’ve downloaded from Spotify, such as songs or podcasts, won’t be affected.
Scroll down to the Storage section, and then click Clear Cache.
  1. Click “Clear Cache.” Your Spotify cache will be cleared.
Click Clear Cache in the dialog box that pops up.

Reasons to Clear the Spotify Cache

1. Free Up Space

The Spotify cache accumulates as users stream music. Over time, this can claim significant storage on one’s device. When people download applications or take photos, they require adequate space. A full cache may prevent such activities. By deleting the Spotify cache, users immediately regain storage. This reclaimed space can be vital for devices with limited storage capacities. Many users prioritize having ample space for diverse tasks. Hence, regularly clearing the cache becomes essential.

2. Fixing Glitches

Spotify, like other applications, isn’t immune to glitches. Users might encounter unexpected crashes, songs stopping abruptly, or interface disturbances. Such hiccups disrupt the listening experience. Clearing the Spotify cache acts as a simple troubleshoot. Often, this action resolves many app-related issues. Maintaining an error-free operation enhances user satisfaction. An optimized app ensures uninterrupted musical enjoyment.

3. Improving Performance

A bloated cache can slow Spotify down. When the app becomes sluggish, song transitions might lag or album covers might load slowly. The overall user experience suffers. Clearing the Spotify cache can breathe new life into the app’s performance. With a fresh cache, Spotify often runs smoother. This boosts user experience. Optimal performance is vital for consistent, enjoyable streaming.

4. Save Data

For those on limited data plans, tracking data usage is essential. A large cache might mean songs play from it rather than streaming. This scenario can mislead users about actual data consumption. By clearing the cache, songs stream anew. This action gives users a clear picture of their data usage. Being aware of data usage helps in managing monthly allowances effectively.

5. Privacy Concerns

Listening habits can be deeply personal. Some users might not want others to decipher their recent song choices. The cache stores such data temporarily. By clearing the Spotify cache, users ensure that traces of their listening sessions vanish. Such an action helps maintain user privacy. Ensuring discretion in listening habits makes many feel secure and private.

6. Fresh Start

There are moments when users crave a fresh start. Clearing the Spotify cache offers just that. It removes remnants of previous sessions, giving the app a clean slate. This action can be rejuvenating for regular users. It provides an opportunity to discover new music or podcasts. A fresh start often revitalizes the listening experience.

7. Error Messages

No one appreciates error messages, especially when eager to listen to a favorite song. Occasionally, Spotify may show errors hinting at cache-related issues. Addressing these promptly enhances app functionality. Clearing the cache can often eliminate these annoying interruptions. This simple action can be the difference between a disrupted and smooth listening session.

8. Changing Streaming Quality

Users might switch their streaming quality based on preferences or data availability. When they make this change, the cache retains old quality tracks. Clearing the Spotify cache ensures that future streams match the selected quality. This ensures consistency in the listening experience. High-quality tracks provide richer sounds, while lower quality saves data.

9. Offline Download Issues

Offline listening is a prized Spotify feature. However, issues might arise with these offline tracks. Some might not play, or others might be incomplete. The cache can be the culprit behind such annoyances. Clearing it can rectify these offline track issues. Ensuring offline songs play correctly is crucial for those without constant internet access.

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