How to Clear Cache and App Data in your Android Device

Clear Cache. A phrase all of might have heard at least once in their Smartphone lives. If you are also looking for a way to accomplish the same statement, then let me tell you, you have dropped up at the right place. In this article, we have mentioned four ways by which you can clear the cache of your device by a particular app or from the whole phone storage.

What is Cache?

Cache of a smartphone can be defined as a collection of small files that usually are considered to speed up the general operations of the phone. For an example, consider a web browser that downloads the logo of a site every single time that you visit regularly. The browser can grab the file from its cache. This works very well. Until the cache isn’t downloaded.

However, at times these files get corrupted and the data inside of that file or more than one file becomes unreadable. However, the program as it was directed, works how it was taught to and keeps on trying anyway. This causes a slow down in your device. The fact that files have got corrupted, doe not count in your faults.

At such points, deleting the program and making the program request them again can make your smartphone faster since this will not get stuck while reading a corrupted file. Although this is from no where a guarantee that it would solve your problem. However, this method is quite easy and free to work on. So there’s no any harm for at least trying it at once.

Also, note that whatever steps we have mentioned below must work on your device no matter which company it stands for. Be it Samsung, Xiaomi. Google, Huawei, it should work.

Is it Safe to Clear the Cache of any android App?

I still do not know the exact reason for which people get these questions that will it be safe for the device if we clear the cache. Let me tell you this, it is completely safe to clear cache on your device from which ever app you want. Cache Data is automatically generated and deleting the same does not delete any personal information like passwords or game data. Trouble shooting app problems or issues of the device ofte involve clearing cache data.

The cache basically contains temporary files that are used to speed up the app. At times, these files are downloaded from the internet and are frequently used by the app. This helps the app to load faster and also helps it operate at a higher speed. Clearing cache partition will only clear temporary system data. It will not remove any user data or app specific settings.

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What happens when you clear Cache of Android App on Smartphone or tablet?

When you clear the Cache of an app, it helps the app by giving access to the required information. However, this information is duplicated and stored permanently somewhere else. And if the file isn’t most up-to-date, it causes problems.

At the worse case scenario, if the file becomes corrupted, i.e.if some of the information in it becomes jumbled, it results in the App to behave erratically or even leads to a crash. However, when you clear the Cache of that app, it solves all these problems and is often a good troubleshooting step to take before resetting the device. This is at times, the last step in troubleshooting an erratic device. it can solve many problems with performance or erratic behavior on your Android device. It can result in a fair amount of storage space being recovered.

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When to Clear Cache of your Android?

When you have not cleared cache for a long time or you are running low on memory. if any of the apps in your device are misbehaving or you think that your device is lagging. It is the time to get rid of cached data.

How to Clear Cache on your Device at Once?

The best way to deal with the cache of your device is by deleting it all at once. This certainly helps you the time and efforts required to clear the cache of every individual app. However, this tends to be a temporary effect. The apps again slowly develop their cache back as they are used to do always. You can use this as a short-term solution for your storage issues.

Note that Google did away with the ability to clear all the cache at once in the Oreo (Android v8.x) Update.


Method 1: Clear all Cached data on your device using Device Settings

Here is a way to clear cache of your device:

Step 1. To begin with, Go To Settings of your device by launching your Android Settings App.

Step 2. Scroll down the screen. Choose Storage. You will find it in the device section of settings.

Clear Cache

Step 3. When you click on the Storage. Your Android will begin calculating where the storage for your device is being used. As in Apps, Photos, Media, etc. Once that your device finishes calculating the data, scroll down and locate Cached Data.

If you are clearing the cache because you need more storage, you will see how much you will get back listed here.

Step 4. Now tap on Cached Data. You will be asked to confirm your choice. This process will not erase any important data on the deice or any sort of personal information. So there isn’t any such thing to worry about.

And you are done here! The cache in your device will be cleared.

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Method 2: Clear Cache by Using Third Party Apps

The Android Cleaners perform a good task by finding useless files or ached data and help you for deleting them. You will come across a wide number of Cleaning Apps on Play Store. You can pick any as per the ranking or your personal choice.

Note that the newer version of Android do not allow you to clear this data all at once. Most manufacturers also limit this feature. At such times, you will have to clear cache for apps individually.

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Method 3: Clear Cache From Recovery

Before getting into the actual procedure here is a quick disclaimer for you all:

This method stands out to be more advanced and only people with better technological knowledge should perform it. For any harmed caused to your device through out the process, are not responsible anywhere. It is recommended to perform the given steps only when you know technology more than average.

This process of Clearing Cache from Recovery should be performed when you experience any abnormalities in the device performance. You can clear the system cache partition from the bootloader.

Here is a step by step guide for the same. Make sure you perform it with utmost attention.

Step 1. To begin with, Switch your Device OFF.

Step 2. Now you will have to load into your bootloader screen by holding down either Pressing down Power button with Volume Keys or  for some devices, Power button with both the Volume Keys have to pressed simultaneously.

Step 3. At this point, the touch screen of your device might not work. So you will have to use the Volume keys to navigate through.

Step 4. Now go to Recovery and Select it with a tap on the Power Button.

Step 5. Next, go to Wipe Cache Partition and tap the Power Button to select it.

Step 6. After the Cache has been cleared, select Reboot System. It is customary to wipe cache partition after an OTA Update or any Firmware upgrade.

Method 4: Clear Cached data individually for every app

Now that Google has wiped away the option of Clearing cache data all at once, the most convenient and reliable way to clear app data is by deleting cache data of apps one by one. here is a step by step guide to do that:

Step 1. Go to the Settings and Tap on Apps.

Step 2. In the App section of settings, you will see all the apps on the device. Select which ever app you want to clear the cached data from.



Step 3. When you come at the App Info interface, tap on Storage.

Step 4. You can now clear the Cache of that particular app by tapping on the Highlighted option of Clear Cache.

And its done, with a single click, all the cache data of that app will be cleared within a fraction of seconds.

Final Words:

This was all about Clearing Cache from your device and also Apps, individually. Of the mentioned Four Methods, you can try any as per your requirement and Convenience. Hope you guys found the article useful and I assume you by now might have cleared the Cache of your device.

If you have any queries in of the process or have any suggestions to give, feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We will be glad to help you.

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