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How to clear cache on Android

You can clear cache data for apps on Android by clearing the system cache in your Android settings. On your Android browser, you can clear the cache in your browser settings.

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    Deleting your app cache and browser cache helps troubleshoot Android issues that may be causing your phone or tablet to behave oddly. If you still experience problems after you clear your system cache and browser cache, you may have to clean up your Android phone another way.

    If you’re on PC, check out our complete guide to cleaning up and speeding up your PC. And if you have a Mac, here’s how to clear your Mac cache.

    How to clear your app cache on Android

    Here’s how to clear your app cache on Android:

    1. Open the Settings on your Android device.

    2. Tap Storage.

       Opening Storage in Android 11.
    3. Tap a category to clear the android cache for that category. Tap on Other apps to open a list of every app.

      Opening "Other apps" in Android 11
    4. Choose an app to clear the app cache files for that particular app. Your apps should be listed by size. If not, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right and select Sort by size to clear your YouTube cache, Instagram cache, Facebook cache, and other cache hogs. 

      Highlighting the option to sort Android Apps storage by size
    5. Tap on Clear cache to clear the app cache for that app.

      Highlighting the "Clear cache" option for the Facebook app on Android

    How to clear your Samsung app cache

    Here’s how to clear your app cache on a Samsung phone: 

    1. Open Settings and select Apps.

    2. Find the app you want to clear, select it, and tap Storage.

    3. Tap Clear cache.

    4. If you want to delete all the data connected to that app, tap Clear data and then OK. Note that clearing data includes any files, settings, or account info you may have connected to that app.

    Clearing your Android app cache can help fix speed issues and free up storage space. If you need more storage, clear the cache of the apps that take up the most space. Clearing your app cache every few months will help streamline your phone and keep it from getting too full. 

    Clearing your cache can also get rid of unsafe apps that have been consuming your mobile data. Be careful which apps you give permission to, and check out our guide to reducing mobile data usage if you’re always tapped out.

    What happens when you clear data on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube? Clearing the cache on your social media apps gets rid of temporary files such as liked photos or half-watched videos. So unless you need to reference this data, it’s fine to delete it.

    And your important account details are saved in the cloud. You will have to log in again though, so before clearing the app cache on your favorite apps, make sure you know your username and password. 

    If you’re curious what Google has on you, read about how Google uses your data and how to download your Google data if you want to examine it, see what Google stores, or just keep a backup.

    Clear Chrome cache on Android

    If you use Chrome on your Android phone or tablet, clearing your Chrome cache should speed up your browsing and give you more space. The process should be the same if you use a Samsung phone or any other Android device. Here’s how to clear the Chrome cache on Android:

    1. Open Chrome.

    2. Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner.

      Highlighting the three vertical dots representing Chrome's option menu on Android
    3. Open History.

      Highlighting the History option under Google Chrome's option menu on Android
    4. Tap Clear browsing data… 

      Highlighting "Clear browsing data..." under History in Google Chrome options on Android
    5. Tick the Cached images and files box. If you want to delete your cookies or clear your search and browsing history, tick those options as well.

      Highlighting the ticked box for "Cached images and files" under "Clear browsing data" on Android
    6. Select a time range on the upper-right. Choose All time to make Android clear all the cache from Chrome.


    That's how you clear your Chrome cache on an Android device. Clearing your Chrome cache is the same on PC and mobile, so you can use these same steps to clear your Chrome cache on your computer.

    If you use Chrome’s Incognito mode, Android will clear the Chrome cache automatically after you end your session. But if you want to keep your internet history hidden from marketers or cybercriminals, you should start by using a secure and private browser. Meanwhile, if you want to keep your activity secret from nosey family or friends, hide your Android apps in secure folders.

    Periodically clearing your Android cache is good browsing hygiene. Not only does it keep your browser neat and tidy, it keeps sensitive information from hanging around too long. Messaging apps store personal info too, so make sure to use the best privacy apps for Android to keep your private conversations private.

    What is hidden cache on Android?

    Android’s hidden cache saves pictures, files, and other scripts from apps and websites you visit frequently so you don’t have to download these files every time you visit. This helps apps and websites load faster, but over time cache data can build up and clog your device. 

    Android’s hidden cache is like carrying around extra weight that makes your phone or tablet work harder. Clearing the cache can extend its battery life — and there are even more ways to extend the battery life of your Android device.

    What happens when you clear cache?

    When you clear cache, the stored data of any app or browser that you clear is wiped out. That means apps and websites will load files (photos, videos, etc.) from the internet rather than retrieving them from your phone. Critical details related to the app’s or website’s essential functions will remain, such as your settings, contacts, or messages.

    It’s like cleaning up your closet — getting rid of junk files gives you more space for the things you actually need. It can also keep data hounds tracking your smartphone use off your scent.

    How often should you clear cache on an Android phone?

    You should clear cache on an Android phone every few months. Clear the app data for Android apps that are behaving erratically, such as not loading correctly or closing unexpectedly. And clear the Chrome cache when Chrome is more sluggish than usual. 

    Clear your cache easily with AVG Cleaner

    Android cache and other data debris can pile up quickly. Unfortunately, on newer versions of Android, you can’t clear all the cache at once. But you can install a free cleaning app to keep your cache clean automatically.

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