What is the Cache & How to Clear Cache on Android?

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What is the Cache & How to Clear Cache on Android?

Welcome guys! In this short tutorial, we will be discussing what is the cached data and how to clear Cache on Android smartphones.

During the past few years, our storage needs are increasing tremendously day by day. Even storage of 128 GB on a mobile phone is not enough. This is because of increasing high-resolution ultra HD photography, increasing high storage apps, music, etc.

When your phone storage is about to full, and you want some extra space immediately to store something important, deleting cached data can provide you a quick & short term solution.

Or when some app is misbehaving, clearing cache on android may be solution.

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What is the Cache Data?

So, what is the cached data? Cache data are the files, images, videos, JavaScript files or layout elements that are downloaded automatically by browsers and other apps to speed up the browsing or performance of apps when you open the app next time.

For example, certain elements of websites or apps remain unchanged every time you visit them like logo, layout design, fonts style, font size & font color, etc.

So, instead of downloading such elements again & again every time you visit an app or website, the app or the browser automatically download such files to save extra data charges, save time and speed up the performance.

The next time you open the same app or visit the same website, the app or browser will recall those files from cached data instead of downloading them again and gives you a faster experience. I think you have now a better understanding of what is the cache data and how it helps us.

If you want to know in details about cache, read it here.


What is the Difference Between Clear Cache and Clear App Data?

App data contains information such as the app login information, the game progress or auto-fill forms information. Deleting the app data will turn the app into a state as it is freshly installed.

While the cache data only contains most frequently used unchanged files. These files may be JavaScript files, images, logos, etc. Clearing the app cache will not delete any login information or game progress, etc.


When Should You Clear Cache?

You can clear app cache for these reasons.

  • When some app is misbehaving. Often it happens when the cache files related to that specific app get corrupted. The app tries to read the corrupted files again and again. Due to it, the app misbehaves because it is unable to read those corrupted files. In this situation, clearing the app cache may be a solution.
  • When you require some extra storage, clearing cached data may be a short term solution. Because when you will use the apps again, they will automatically download the cache files again. Hence, it may be a short term solution.
  • Sometimes, clearing cache on android may speed up the performance of the phone. It happens when very old cache files remain stored and they are not further useful for the apps. Clearing such old cache files can improve the performance a little bit.

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Is it OK to Clear Cached Data?

Absolutely OK. The phone automatically downloads and stores the cache files to speed up the browsing next time you use the app. After clearing the cache, the app will take some extra time and data to load completely.

But there is no such side effect of clearing the app cache. Your login information or game progress will not be lost.


What Happens After Clearing Cache?

After clearing the cache, the apps will load slower for the first time. This is because the app will have to download the cache again. Therefore, it will take some extra data as well as extra time to load the app completely.

In case if the app was misbehaving, clearing the cache often solves this problem. Now, the app will load normally and will not misbehave. But it will load slower for the first time.


4 Ways to Clear Cache on Android Phone

Well, how to clear Cache on an android phone? Clearing app cache is very simple. In this tutorial, I will show you 4 simple ways how to clear Cache on your android phone.

a. Deleting All Cached Data at Once on Android 5, 6 & 7

If you are using the Android version 5, 6 or 7, then clearing all the cached data at once is possible without any additional application. Just follow these steps.

  1. Go to the “Settings” by tapping on the gear icon in the phone menu.
  2. Find & tap on the option “Storage”.
  3. If you have inserted SD card in your phone, you will see two options, i.e. Internal Storage & External Storage. In that case, tap on Internal Storage.
  4. If you have not inserted the SD card in your phone, you will not see these options. Instead, you will directly go to “Internal Storage”.
  5. Find the option “Cached data” and tap on it.
  6. Tap on the “DELETE” option in the pop-up screen.
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b. Clear Cache for a Specific App

If you want to know how to clear Cache of a specific app, you can do so by the following method. In this example, I will show you how to clear the Instagram cache.

  1. Go to the “Settings” by tapping on the gear icon in the phone menu.
  2. Find & tap on the option “Application Manager”.
  3. Now find & tap on the specific app in the list whose cache is to be deleted.
  4. Tap on the option “Storage” on the app info screen.
  5. Now, you have two options, i.e. CLEAR DATA & CLEAR CACHE.
  6. Tap on “CLEAR CACHE” option.
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It will clear the cache of that specific app. But be careful not to tap on “CLEAR DATA”. Otherwise, it will delete all the app data like login information, game progress, etc. You can clear Facebook cache or any other application that you want in the same way.


c. How to Clear Cache Chrome Mobile Browser?

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your phone.
  2. Tap on 3-dots in the upper right corner. It will open a drop-down menu.
  3. Find and tap on “History”.
  4. On history screen, tap on “Clear browsing data”.how to clear cache android, what is the cache 3
  5. On the new screen, you will see different options.
  6. Mark the option “Cached images and files”. Keep all other options unmarked.
  7. You can also select the time range from a drop-down menu as shown below.
  8. Tap on “Clear data” to delete the cached data of the Chrome browser.What is the Cache & How to Clear Cache on Android? 1

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d. Android Phone Cache Cleaner Apps

There are a lot of apps available out there that claim to clear unnecessary cache and speed up the performance of the phone.

If you own a mobile phone that operates android version 8 (Oreo) or higher, then using some cache cleaner app may be reasonable. Because the option for deleting all the cached data at once is not available in android version 8 (Oreo) or higher.

But these apps instead of freeing up some space by deleting unnecessary cache data, are themselves capture heavy storage. They also reduce the battery performance by continuously running in the background.

Therefore, I recommend not to use any such third-party apps. Because the cache data will be automatically downloaded again & again next time you use the apps. If some app misbehaves, you can delete its cache manually.


Conclusion:

Now, we know that what is the cached data. Cached data is useful because they speed up the performance of apps when you visit them again & again. They save both the time and the data. Deleting cached data have no side effects.

Do not use any third-party apps to delete cached data. Instead, you can periodically clear all the cached data manually to maintain the performance of your phone.

If some app misbehaves, deleting its cached data may be a solution before going to reset the phone.

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