Why and how to clear the cache of an Android smartphone and tablet

If the performance of your smartphone or tablet is slowing down, some simple solutions can often fix the problem. For example, simply restarting the device solves many problems.

Another common way to improve performance, or at least free up some extra space on your Android smartphone, is to clear cached data. This is data stored in applications and in the Chrome browser, data collected from the websites you visit.

Below you will see two processes that can be done quickly. You just need to know where to look and that is exactly what we are going to show you.

As with any Android device guide, the steps may differ slightly for you from those described here due to differences between device manufacturers and software overlays on top of Android. But the gist of the process is there, and it should be similar enough to point you in the right direction.

How to clear cached app data?

  • Show a list of all apps installed on your smartphone or tablet

  • The fastest way to view all the apps installed on your Android smartphone or tablet is to open Settings and, in the main list, go to storage. On the next screen, find and tap Programs Where Programs. On some smartphones, such as the Moto G 5G, this is not the case. storage which comes directly from Settings but the application list. If you’re having trouble finding the list of apps, use the search bar in Settings find her.

    When viewing the app list, to make it easier to see which apps are using the most storage on your device, tap the three dots icon in the top right corner and select Sort by size.

    Android storage and app pages sorting apps by size

    Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

  • Clear app cache

  • Select an application from the list.

    When you open an app, you can see its size, user data (such as settings), cache size, and the total amount of memory it takes up. At the top of the page, you have two options: Clear storage and Clear cache.

    Don’t choose Delete data, as this will reset the app and you will have to set it up again. On the other hand, you can clear the cache without negative consequences.

    Clear cache for Facebook

    Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

  • Repeat as often as necessary

  • Continue browsing through the list, looking at the apps that are taking up a lot of space and clearing the cache for each one. Or, if you want to be very careful, you can clear the cache of all apps on your phone. But I recommend you start with the more voracious ones like the Facebook app as shown in the screenshots here.

    How to Clear Chrome Browser Cache

  • Go to Chrome history settings.

  • Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet, then tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner. Then select Historical then Clear browsing data.

    Clear browsing data for Chrome browser

    Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNET

  • Select the data you want to delete

  • The next screen displays a list of options; data types and the period for which you want to erase them. For each type of data, a brief description of their meaning and the consequences that their removal can have is attached.

    For example, deleting cookies and site data will log you out of certain websites. Deleting cached images and files will slow down Chrome the next time it needs to download images from a website you’re visiting.

    Frequently asked questions about data stored on Android smartphones and tablets

    What is cached data?

    When you clear cached data, whether for an app or for Chrome, you are simply deleting various files and information loaded by the app. For an app like Facebook, the cached data could be profile photos, images, videos, and other similar content that the phone saves to speed up your timeline scrolling on a future visit.

    In other words, while files and data contribute to the overall experience, they are not essential and can often become unwieldy and take up too much storage space.

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

    Differently ! If you have a lot of performance issues, you should do this drain among other repairs. Otherwise, why not quarterly or bi-annually? It really depends on how well your phone or tablet performs.

    Do we get storage space by clearing the cache?

    No. In fact, one of the first troubleshooting steps I do when I encounter errors or strange crashes in an app is to clear the cache. Often the files contained in the cache are corrupted or out of date: then clearing solves the problem by forcing the application to rebuild the cache again. Damaged files are replaced with valid files.

    Source: “.com”

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